Train journey or air travel?
What do you prefer? A train journey or air travel?
This is a question I get asked many times.
Well, both have their own advantages & disadvantages.
I love train journeys; they have their own charm. To look out to the beautiful landscapes, the fields, the people working or doing their daily chores and the sound of “chai” at every station. …. A real bliss.
There is a saying Hindi, “hawa mein mat udo, Zameen par aa jao”.
It gives me exact emotions when I travel by train. I feel grounded. I can relate to myself with other human beings.
There is an old adage that money saved is money earned. Keeping that in mind one of the few things I do is if my destination is reachable by an overnight train, I take that. Traveling overnight by train has also another advantage. You save on a night’s accommodation costs too. If you do it both ways, that’s two night’s worth of accommodation costs. That’s some more money earned!
However, traveling by air has its own set of pros.
I prefer a window seat and while other passengers are busy watching TV or napping, I can spend hours looking at the beautiful patterns made by clouds.
Another advantage, you can get to your destination in a relatively short amount of time. The whole procedure from check-in to arrival has been streamlined to produce maximum efficiency, and there is very little time wasted.
Till some time ago, the only thing prohibiting the widespread use of airlines as the main way to travel was the cost of the ticket. Recently that trend has changed significantly with the introduction of low cost flights. If you plan sufficiently in advance, you will get very cheap air tickets. Many airline companies like Spicejet, or sometimes even regular airliners like Indian Airlines have low cost ticket schemes which save a lot of money, while keeping all the advantages of air travel.
Also, you don’t have to bother about porters or keeping an eye on your luggage when you are asleep. It’s airline’s responsibility to reach your luggage to your destination safely.
Any other points that you would like to add?
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