14th Jun, 2011

Travel Tuesday & International Webloggers’ Day!

Now that I’ve re-explored the world of traveling by car or by train, I want to give my views.

When I traveled by car, I had to make sure I had a good night’s sleep so that I didn’t fall asleep driving, but when I went by train, all I had to do was get out of bed and make it to the train station on time. Once onboard, I was able to eat breakfast, drink water, etc. While I could have done some of the same in the car, it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea.

While in the car, I was able to listen to the radio and sing to the music while zooming down the Autobahn. I’d have been thrown off the train if I tried something like that there.

I had to change trains twice in each direction, but was able to reach my destination directly by car.

I stopped by the supermarket with the car and was able to purchase a package of six 1.5 liter bottles of water and toss them in the trunk to be used later. All I could comfortably take with me on the train were two bottles.

I brought my laptop with me to write a few emails to be sent later and also watch a video to pass the time while on the train. That’s not avisable while driving.

I looked out the window and saw the stunning scenery of the area between Hanau and Wurzburg and took a few photos while on the train. I saw a different part of the German countryside in the car, but kept saying to myself “Germany needs a lot more scenic viewpoint reststops.

I could babble on and on about the differences between the two methods of trasnport, but it all leads back to the same thing.

I prefer train.

Not necessarily Deutsche Bahn, but train.

I always have and always will.

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Responses

We just stopped at the neatest scenic rest area on the way back from Schwerin, maybe I’ll finally catch up next week and post on it.
Our problem is that the train just costs far too much for us. (That’s with both adults having Bahn 50 cards and two children under 8.) Even so, it’s still cheaper for us to drive even though I would prefer to take the train (because we don’t plan our trips 3-9 months in advance).
I’m going to be looking this weekend as to whether there are any “take your car on the train” trains for either Denmark and North or Northern Italy- I’d pay more for that privilege!

I tend to prefer the frain for all the benefits you cite, but I worry that without a personal car, I’m missing the small-town travel experience. Sure, we rent one occasionally, but spur-of-the-moment is out of the question for places not well-served by ÖPNV.

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