In January I’ll be traveling across the US from San Francisco to South Carolina with brief stops in Chicago, Charlottesville, Virginia, and disembarking in Clemson, South Carolina. I say disembark because I’m traveling by train for the first leg of my journey. Is disembark the right term? Maybe off-board is more accurate? I don’t know.
What I do know is that this will be the first real experiment in my Year of Deeper Living project for 2016. The journey serves several purposes:
- I’ll be visiting my son and his family in South Carolina as well as my daughter and her family in Ohio
- I’ll be traveling via a sleeper car on Amtrak, a mode of transport I’ve not experienced
- I’ll be living for five days in a tiny roomette
- I’ll be living out of one bag – a pretty cool bag actually.
- I’ll be experimenting with working from the road
- I’ll get to have a bit of an adventure, meet new people and explore new places
- I’ll be capturing a lot of the journey on video
- I’ll be writing to the blog about my journeys as well as tweeting periodic updates
Why Take a Train?
As a consultant, I fly frequently. Most of the flights I take are jammed with others and I’m invariably should-to-shoulder between two other folks who are just as uncomfortable being in such close proximity with strangers. And, compared to the five-hour flight across the country with the guy in front of me reclined all the way back into my lap making it impossible to do anything productive, it just seems a much more enjoyable, albeit slower, way to travel.
Travel should be an adventure, not just a convenience.”
If I had to ride for five days in a sitting position, I’d opt for the flight. But with a sleeper fare, I get three meals a day in the dining car with chef-prepared meals, a coffee cafe and lounge car at my disposal that sells snacks, coffee, tea, juices, beer and wine, etc., a bed and private room (even though it is microscopic), and lots of solo time if I want it. And I want it. 🙂 Besides, I’ll be flying back to California after I’ve spent time with my kids and grandkids anyway.
I’m excited about traveling by train. I spent an hour today watching a videos on YouTube about traveling by train. If you want see what it’s like, click here for Amtrak’s blog, and here for some YouTube videos about travel via Amtrak.