Trains, planes and...no, actually, just trains
Personally, I love trains and they are my favourite way to travel. There is something so inherently romantic and emotional about train rides, almost as if you are slowly chugging your way into a more lyrical, bygone era - unless you are on the TGV in France, in which you would be hurtling at alarming speeds into a lyrical, bygone era. It works either way though.
We don't have many trains here in Canada. I know of one amazing journey though that leaves from Vancouver and takes you into the Rocky Mountains, but unfortunately, it is also like a million dollars to ride that thing (slight exageration) since we don't have many competing train companies and thus they can jack up the price.
The States is more properly serviced, train-wise, but there is something very un-romantic about Amtrak and the tendency for those trains to NOT stay ONtrack.
No, if you need experience the "real" train experience, you need to go to Europe. Just look at the movies it has inspired.... The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express, The Great Train Robbery, etc etc.
Where else are train systems such a way of life? Where you can forgo a night at the hostel and spend it sleeping in a moving bunkhouse? Where you can sip wine while the Austrian scenery whips past you? And don't get me started on train stations! The wonderful sound the board makes when the times and trains flip. The hustle and bustle of thousands of travelers. The miniture cities that surround the train station. The sound and smell of the trains pulling away from the tracks. Stuffing heavy backpacks into the lockers. My heart is thumping just thinking about it.
Of course, I've had my share of HELL on trains, if you recall THIS STORY. But overall, I would rather train it than bus or fly any day.
What is your favourite way to travel? By air? By car? By boat? By train? By...horse? Speaking of riding things, I had a dream last night I was riding an Emu...very strange.