As a milspouse I’ve gotten pretty good at traveling by myself. Deployments, training cycles, and all the other events that pop up in military life can get in the way of seeing friends and family at home. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a quick and affordable trip home! I have flown home before, but for this particular trip home for my niece’s birthday flying home was not affordable. That left me 2 options, either make the 7 hour drive home myself, or take the train. The drive is doable, I’ve done it before but with gas and tolls it really wasn’t all THAT cheap. So enter rails! I’ve only gone on the train a few times. Once in Europe, and a few times into Philly on SEPTA regional rail. I had never gone on an Amtrak train though.
To go home and see my family, I was off to the train.
Military Discount Alert
Amtrak offers various discounts, including military discounts! It was way cheaper than flying for me, and not much more expensive than driving. Plus, I didn’t have to drive! I booked easily online and was able to get my husband to drop me off at the train station. Then I was away to NYC on the train.
Now I’m a country girl. Whenever I go to a big city I’m the one looking up wondering at how big those buildings are! They are so tall!! I was a little nervous about my transfer in NYC. It turned out not to be a problem at all. There were lots of people there, sure, but a waiting area, lots of police on patrol and a choice of places to eat and shop. Just like any big airport! The trains themselves were very nice. They even had plugs at every seat, and free WiFi. This was great, because I was able to work…at least for the first part of my journey.
As anyone who has traveled in the Adirondacks of New York will tell you cell reception gets a bit spotty…that means that so does the internet connection on the train. But it makes up for it with the views! Almost the entire ride was by water, either the Hudson River, or Lake Champlain! It was cloudy and threatening to snow for the northern part of my journey but it was still a pretty ride. I can only imagine it during foliage season!
So next time you are looking for a way to get home that won’t break the bank, try the train.