Let’s be honest, there is so much in Europe and it’s all so close together. It’s not like living in the States where all the cities worth visiting can be hours apart. Sometimes the distances can be a bit lengthy, but not nearly as lengthy as would require a flight.
- It’s less expensive. I feel like this is pretty self explanatory. A train ticket is going to be less than a plane ticket most of the time.
- It’s more comfortable. Let’s be honest, airplanes are very uncomfortable (unless you fly first class, which I don’t). You don’t get very much leg room and after a few hours, you cramp up and can’t sleep anymore. Trains and buses can be much more comfortable with a little extra legroom (for those of us who frequent coach) and you don’t have to use those airplane lavatories.
- You don’t have to cross large distances. You can easily visit a city each day to get closer and closer to your final destination if that’s the type of travel that interests you. You can travel a whole day, stop, and then go for another whole day. The trip is really completely up to you and not airline schedules.
- You can stop anywhere you want. Like I just mentioned, you can stop in any place that interests you, not just the large cities with airports.
- There are places you will want to stop. It’s way easier to stop at those little out-of-the-way places. The places you’ve never heard of before? Those are the hidden gems. They are the small town with family owned and operated business. They have the best food, the cleanest places, and the friendliest service. You may run into trouble with a language barrier, but nothing patience can’t overcome.
- There are so many things to see and the scenery is beautiful. I find train rides (or bus rides) to be very enjoyable. When I’m not sleeping, I can look out the window and see mountains and rivers and forests… things that are foreign to me because I don’t necessarily have the same type of scenery where I live. Sometimes it’s almost hard to sleep because I don’t want to miss a thing.