Everyone knows traveling by flight is the quickest way to get somewhere. However, that does not mean it's the best way to travel, not by a long shot. The mode of transportation at the front of the alternatives is traveling by railroad. Even though it's the best of all the alternatives, it's still highly disregarded and under appreciated by the majority of people in the United States. Although not as fast, traveling by railroad is still an extremely viable option to reach your vacation destination, for many reasons.
The most popular advantage of using the railroad is pretty obvious: It costs less. That may be an understatement; it costs marginally less, and can be enough to either make or break a vacation, depending on your budget. It also does not sacrifice traveling comfort for price, as some cheap airlines do. For example, one adult traveling from Orlando, Florida to New York City costs $ 272 on Amtrak, the most prevalent railroad service in the United States. On the other hand, a one way ticket from Frontier Airlines traveling to the same destination from Florida costs $ 578, over double the cost of the railroad trip. The numbers speak for themselves.
The railroad is also a practical choice for people who have issues with flight. If you or a loved one are afraid of flight or are uncomfortable with it, traveling by railroad can bring you to your destination without incident. Some health issues also make it impossible to travel by flight, leaving railroad as the only valid option to reach your vacation location.
One of the recent developments in terms of flight issues is the precautions that are taken on planes. If you live in America and you've traveled on a plane in the last three years, you know how demeaning and tedious the security measures at the airport can be. If you've ever dealt with the invasive searches conducted by the TSA or hear war stories from friends who have had the experience, then you know how much more alluring the prospect of a railroad vacation trip can be, since the security considerations are much more lax on trains in America.
All that aside, traveling by way of railroad to your vacation spot is a refreshing experience that really is not like any other. Although some people may view the long duration of the train ride as a reduction to their vacation experience, you can look at it in an optimistic manner. On the way there, you can collect yourself and fully transition to a vacationing state of mind. On the way back, you can absorb the experience of your vacation, and prepare yourself for returning. If you want an interesting alternative to flight, traveling on the railroad is an acceptable choice.