Planes, Trains, Automobiles: Getting Home for Christmas

Planes, Trains, Automobiles: Getting Home for Christmas

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Musician Chris Rea sang about driving home for Christmas. However, driving isn't the only way you can get home. What about the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles? In this, actors Steve Martin and John Candy try a number of different ways of getting home. But which of the three – plane, train, or automobile – is best?

“The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.” Orville Wright

Planes are perhaps the ideal choice if you have a very long distance to cover. If you're travelling from one coast to another, then a plane is plain sailing, so to speak. Christmas can be a very busy time, so if you think this will be your preferred mode of getting home, make sure to book in advance as far as you possibly can. If you leave it until the last minute, you risk not being able to get a ticket, or of being charged the earth for one. If Christmas is as important to you as it is to me, you’ll want to book ahead.

“The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

Trains are a good option over any distance. They are not as quick as their winged counterparts, when there's a very long stretch to cover, but they are reliable and and, if you suffer from travel sickness, they are the smoothest, calmest type of travel mode. This is because of the internal parts, such as GGB bushings, which give the machine its steadiness and slick ability to coast along, retaining balance and, for you, the ability to rest, sip a beverage, and even sleep, beautifully ... Another advantage of trains is that there are nearly always cafes and bars already onboard. You can relax and take in the view; you can read a book or magazine and listen to music as the world flies by. Trains are great because you're not in the driving seat, and therefore they can feel like your own Christmas vacation has already begun.

“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.” Dudley Moore

The advantage of cars is that you decide the time. You choose when to leave, you choose what stops to make on route, you decide when, roughly, to arrive. You're quite literally in the driving seat. Gas prices can vary depending on the states you travel through, but it's relatively cheap and can make a cost-effective alternative to even a flight if prices have gone up on the latter very dramatically. You can listen to music on your car stereo and stop whenever you need something to eat and drink. You could even add a few interesting stops on the way, taking in a roadside museum, art exhibit, or quirky installation.

Whatever mode of travel you choose, choose what's right for you. We wish you a very merry Christmas!

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