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10 REASONS TO TRAVEL BY TRAIN

Fed up with airlines charging you for everything from checked bags to a pack of pretzels?
Reconsidering your road trip due to skyrocketing prices at the pump? Consider taking the train.

1. Money savings
Trains are a cost-effective alternative to planes, especially if you are traveling to shorter distances or if youíre traveling in the busy Northeast Corridor, where train service is fast and frequent. Traveling can also save you a considerable amount of money when traveling to domestic cities. Also Amtrak and other rail operators give special discounts to children, students and AAA members.

2. Stable fares
Unlike Airline prices that keep on changing, train fares tend to be same day after day on any particular route, whether itís Monday or Saturday, April or August, two months in advance or two days before departure.

3. Flexibility
Except on long-haul or infrequent routes, trains tend to offer travelers a great deal of flexibility. Missed the 10 a.m. train? Just catch the 10:30 or 11 a.m. train instead.

4. More baggage
As compared to Airline Baggage Policies, train baggage allowance is much lenient.
For example Amtrak allows you to bring 250 pounds of luggage plus personal items for free

5. Less hassle
For airlines you have to arrive at the airport at least two hours early, but for traveling via train you can easily arrive 30 minutes ahead of time and walk to platform, to board the train.

6. Door-to-door convenience
Unlike airports, trains stations are mostly located right downtown in the heart of the cities they serve.

7. Eco-friendliness
Carbon emissions from trains are less damaging to the environment than those of airplanes because those emissions are not released directly into the upper atmosphere.

8. Comfort and relaxation
In trains you have the comfort to lie down, stretch yourself at your ease and even move around more easily than in airplanes.

9. Old-fashioned charm
If you are traveling on long-routes, you can choose to read books, talk as much as you like to/with your partner, play cards, or simply enjoy the scenery rushing by.

10. Beyond just transportation
Taking a train ride is visiting the destination itself. While you are traveling, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.


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