Amtrak a great idea for solo travelers

August 23, 2013 Review Print Print
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If you’re looking for a cheap way to travel, Amtrak may be what you are looking for. A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my aunt in Texas. Not really wanting to drive by myself, I decided I would check out the train.

I was a little hesitant about it at first, having never ridden the train but Amtrak did not disappoint. For $72, I was able to buy a round-trip ticket to Fort Worth. Considering how much gas costs these days, the price was a steal.

I was a little nervous when I boarded at 8:30 a.m., anticipating it be a stressful process getting checked in. It was anything but that.

I simply handed over my ticket, showed my ID, and was directed to my proper car. From there, I could pick any seat I wanted. I was allowed two carry-ons so, since I was traveling light, I had no problem taking all my stuff to my seat with me. My train left at 9 a.m. sharp and we were on the road — or rather, the tracks — to Texas.

Things were very calm on the train. Being that I left mid-week, there were not many people on board so I got a seat to myself and a nice view out the window. The staff were very friendly and pointed out small landmarks we passed along the way.

If we were hungry, there was a small café on the lower level of the train for snacks.

Overall, it was a great experience for my first time traveling by train. It only took about an hour longer than it would have to drive and saved me gas money. I was able to just sit back, relax, read a book, listen to music, and take in the scenery along the way.

For those who don’t like driving alone or just want to try something different, I highly recommend Amtrak. It is a nice way to unplug and really enjoy your traveling experience.

For more information, call 800-872-7245 or visit the station located at 100 S E.K. Gaylord Blvd in downtown Oklahoma City.

Rating: A

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