Until teleportation is invented, and if I have the luxury of time, I will always opt for taking a train journey over flying. Don’t get me wrong, I still feel the excitement that a trip to the airport brings – a mixture of anxiety and eagerness, but also (especially on long-haul flights) airports can provoke a slight sense of dread. Being stuck in a seat on an airplane for many hours is not my idea of fun. I’d much rather travel by train if given the option, for many reasons.
Firstly, there’s the scenery. Planes have an aerial advantage of course, but most of the time all you can see is white clouds, even if you are next to a tiny window. Trains boast vast viewing platform by which to watch the world go by and they often pass some of the most scenic stretches of countryside. There’s also the added extra of community that you often find on trains; camaraderie you might say, of being ‘in it together’ which often leads to more social interaction. I can honestly say I’ve met far more interesting, open people riding trains than I ever have during air travel.
I got to talking in the office about train travel and decided I’d note down out top railway journeys in Asia in my latest blog.