Let’s Get Away From It All

by Randy Murray on July 31, 2014

If you’ve traveled by air anytime recently you know just how uncomfortable and humiliating it can be. I avoid it when possible, but even driving long distances by car can be uncomfortable.

Oh how I long for the time when travel wasn’t such a pain in the ass.

It’s not this way in a lot of the developed world, but in the U.S. it’s very difficult to take a train to most places outside of a few narrow corridors. But those trains, even in their much diminished state, are a grand way to travel. I would so love to be able to board a train here in Columbus, Ohio, and then travel in comfort to New York or San Francisco or anywhere else on the continent. I’m not in a hurry. Book me a sleeper.

But passenger trains don’t come anywhere near here. And our helpful Governor turned down billions in Federal dollars to build a high-speed train corridor. Thanks for that.

And ocean liners! I’ve never see the point in taking a cruise, which is essentially getting on a boat and motoring in a circle. But I’d jump at the chance to make a crossing (especially if the rates were not shockingly high). I’ve made that flight many times back and forth and it’s draining. Why not take a few days and enjoy oneself and arrive at a sensible hour with not a trace of lag?

I think I’d also enjoy travelling by Zeppelin. And please, enough with the Hindenburg stuff. Modern zeppelins can be safe and helium filled.

Let’s relegate those monster aircraft to hauling essential cargo. I’ll meet you in the dining car and we’ll have a drink as we glide into the sunset.


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