Even as the school year gets underway, students are already looking ahead to their next long break. Travel ideas and vacation plans are always fun to think about, especially for students with a hectic class schedule and other obligations to juggle. Of course any such trip requires a budget and for students, money is already scarce as it is. But too many forget that there are other options for getting from campus to one’s destination that are affordable as well as enhance the experience overall. Trains are a prime example.
Regardless of whether students are enrolled at campuses like UCLA in Southern California, UC Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area or attend school on the other side of the country, chances are there is a railroad nearby. While not as common as hopping on a plane or taking a road trip, trains offer a stress-free way to travel and tickets aren’t as expensive as one would think.
Just as it’s easy to jump onto the Internet to compare cheap plane tickets or rental car fees, the same can also be done for students planning on using a train as their mode of transportation. There are a number of sites, such as http://www.cheaptraintickets.com, which make the process of finding affordable tickets easy and convenient. Traveling by train can be intimidating for first-timers, especially if there are a large number of lines and routes to choose from. But it doesn’t take long for student travelers to get the hang of things.
Taking a vacation via train also comes with a lot of benefits aside from being affordable. For one, trains provide plenty of space and legroom to walk around, unlike airplanes, which can be claustrophobic. There’s no need to worry about driving and stopping to put gas, which is a constant factor when driving a car (rented or not). Need to take frequent potty breaks? Riding on a train provides that flexibility—not to mention that the seating arrangement makes it much easier to move about without interrupting those around you.
Similar to traveling by plane (but unlike driving), trains have dining cars that offer everything from breakfast foods and sandwiches to entire meals and even beer and wine. Having the dining cars available throughout the duration of the trip ensures that passengers don’t go hungry or have to worry about where they’ll have to go to find their next meal.
Although trains have been around for centuries, today’s trains are anything but old fashioned. Commuter trains and those made for traveling long distances now come fully equipped with the latest technologies and comfortable accommodations, including sleeping cars. In a sense, riding a train could be thought of as being in a traveling hotel. Students will find less to stress about when traveling by train, especially in light of the fact that the train can accommodate a large number of people. That means students have the ability to invite a huge group of friends to take the trip with.