Making the most of your holiday train travel
Traveling on your holiday by train (or any other means of transportation) can be a very long process depending on the distance you need to travel. Where you can look out the window and enjoy some scenery while traveling on a train, if the trip is lengthy, you may need to find alternative ways to make the most of your holiday train travel. Here are a few tips to help.
Booking a rail ticket for your holiday is far less strenuous when compared to other forms of travel like flying for example. Generally, all you will need to know is when you plan to depart, from where and where you are going. Most train services provide several trains to any particular location multiple times during the day, so even if you do happen to miss your train, you can exchange your ticket for the next one with little frustration. Now try that on a flight!?
Read up on the area you are visiting
If you are visiting an area for the first time, it is a great idea to know where to visit and what to see. You can take the time on your train travel to research the area you are visiting either by using your computer/tablet or by reading a book or magazine which highlights the areas of interest. Most trains have access to the internet and so if you find a venue that is interesting you can book your event from the train. Granted, you do want to ensure that you do a bit of planning before your holiday travel, but for last minute ideas or if you want to check on the status of an existing booking or event, you can do so while traveling.
Talk to your neighbour
Nothing passes the time quicker than a good conversation. If you feel comfortable in doing so, start a conversation with your neighbour or someone close to you. Keep in mind that conversations between those of the opposite sex may cause the other person a little bit of discomfort, so be courteous. The best conversations will be with people from the area in which you are to visit as they will be able to provide you with a bit of “local” information about how to best spend your holiday.
Get your eating out of the way
If the railway line that you chose allows food or has a food car, then a great way to spend the time is to take in your next meal. This will relieve you of the time that you will have to spend finding a restaurant as well as the cost of eating at an establishment. This leaves you open to enjoy the day more as you will not be led by your stomach on your holiday.
Take in a movie
Those which are traveling with a family may find that it is sometimes difficult to get everyone settled down. One way in which to help maintain order and enjoy your train traveling is to download a movie on your tablet or notebook and then allow for the family to watch it while you are traveling. Keep in mind that you will need to have the sound at a level that does not interfere with the other passengers and that some trains will require that all people have listening devices (which will mean that more than one tablet or notebook will have to be used). However, if you want to have the time go by quickly then watching a movie may help to do so.
Get some rest
If you do not enjoy long trips by train or by plane then your best option is to reduce the amount of time that you have to consciously be aware of the travel time. Take a nap. Bring a comfortable pillow for your head and lean back and take a snooze. If you are a deep sleeper, do not worry. Someone will wake you up when you reach your destination. Remember that if you are a person that snores, you will need to have something that reduces that (such as nasal strips) so that you are left undisturbed while you are traveling.
Listen to some music
Listening to some music while you look out the window may help you to pass the time on a lengthy trip. Consider listening to the music and the radio of the place you are visiting, especially if you have events which are dependent upon certain weather conditions or other variables. However, you do not have to do this. Listening to your favourite band on your MP3 player or through your iTunes account on your smartphone can be just as relaxing.
These are a few ways in which you can make the most out of a long train traveling experience on your holiday. Ensure that you plan ahead so that you are not bored while sitting on the train. If you are social then be sociable, if you are introverted bring a game, a book, or some other form of entertainment. Your holiday starts when you depart for your trip, ensure that you have the best holiday possible by enjoying the train traveling experience to your destination.