After years of stressful holiday air travel, Sean and I have had enough. We’re still traveling—that’s pretty much nonnegotiable—but this year, we’re taking the train. It might be slower, but that’s part of the charm. It gives us the chance to enjoy vacation time alone together, just the two of us, before and after the chaos of Extended Family Fun. Plus, we don’t have to deal with airport security, and we can pack toiletries and water bottles and sewing scissors and whatever else we want.
The train ride down was wonderful. We had a small private cabin. I got some writing done (behold: finally completed and published blog entries below!), Sean played with his new iPhone, and we enjoyed a leisurely dinner before retiring to our room to enjoy the bottle of wine we brought with us (another perk of train travel!).
True, we got into South Carolina bright and early (very early), but it was worth it. So this year, I have something new to be thankful for: Amtrak. I know that sounds ridiculous, and I’m not saying it’s perfect, but still: Consider train travel. Sean and I had a lovely time, and for once, we’re less stressed out now than when we departed.