If you don’t read my other sites you probably missed all the hoopla about the “Today” show. In a nutshell, I submitted a turkey burger recipe and was selected to showcase it on air. Click here for the whole story.
As one of the finalists, the “Today” show would fly me out to NY, cover my hotel expenses and take care of the travel arrangements.
If you guys don’t know, I live just outside Baltimore — about a 45-minute drive from BWI. The flight to NYC is about an hour. Add the early arrival for parking, shuttle riding, security and check in, I’m looking at about 4 hours of “travel” time.
I can and have driven to NYC multiple times. It’s about 175 miles from my house and if I get lucky with traffic (doubtful) I can be there in under 3 hours.
How can I justify driving south to the airport to fly north to NYC and have it take at least an hour longer?
Didn’t want to do it.
Instead, I suggested the train and I’m so glad I did!
Right now Mom and I are enjoying a 2 hour, 5 minute Acela train ride from Penn Station in NY to Penn Station in Baltimore.
We have big cushy seats with a work table and electrical outlets. There’s wi-fi, a snack car and easy-to-access bathrooms.
What more can a traveler ask for?
I may never drive to NYC again!
Well, unless I’m bringing a bunch of people with me. The price tag for a round trip train ride from Baltimore to NYC is about $300 on the Acela Express. The Northeast Regional is a little cheaper (especially when traveling with kids) but it’s still steep for a mode of transportation I think benefits the Northeast significantly and could possibly reduce some traffic on our severely overcrowded highways (says the woman who basically lives on the 95 corridor).
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the train as a mode of transportation. I know it’s very popular overseas but here in the States, it’s totally underutilized and almost forgotten as an option for travelers.
Click here for more information about he Acela Express train. That’s where I got the photo as well.