Guest post from Jodi of Plastic Back Books
Remember the old saying, “Getting there is half the fun“?
Well, I have to say that the “miracle of flight” isn’t what it used to be. My head starts spinning when I think of purchasing an airline ticket.
There are so many variables that go into finding the best price. I have gotten some good deals when I have “named my own price”, but they don’t offer a “name your own time” option for those deals. Leaving at 4:45 a.m. to get to the airport in time is not always so fun.
Shuffling barefoot through airport security, sitting for hours waiting for a delayed flight, only to have to run like a crazy person through the concourse to make a connecting flight adds to the stress. And if you miss your plane — well, I hope is wasn’t a non-refundable ticket!
After my last flight, I decided driving was a simpler option. Then I looked at my bald tires and odometer (which was nearing 300,000 miles). Not to mention the cost of gas — ouch!
I needed an alternative. That’s when I thought about the train. I looked up Amtrak and was pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive my trip would be: it was less expensive than flying or driving — it was even cheaper than the Greyhound!
Here are some benefits of traveling on Amtrak:
- There’s one site to shop for a ticket: Amtrak.
- The cost of the ticket really is the cost of the ticket. There are no additional fees or taxes.
- Children ages 15-2 travel for half price, and those under two travel for free.
- If you cancel, you only lose 10% of your ticket price (this won’t exceed $100).
- If you change your ticket, Amtrak will credit what you paid toward your new ticket.
- You can bring three 50-pound bags, two carry-on items, plus personal items without baggage fees.
- You get to keep your shoes on (you don’t have to go through a thorough security checkpoint).
- There are no fasten seat belt signs — because there are no seat belts!
- There are electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi available for work or entertainment, tables for games, spacious seating, freedom to roam about the cars, and beautiful scenery!
- Riding the train makes getting there half the fun once again!
Jody Susan loves reading, but isn’t a fan of dusting bookshelves, so she loves e-books. She is creating PlasticBackBooks — a marketplace for wholesome, helpful, and hopefully entertaining e-books. She is slowly learning to break goals into bite-sized pieces. Finishing her ebook, Riding The Train, is one goal she has completed recently.