Modern life is impossible without travelling. Thousands of people travel every day either business or for pleasure. They can travel by air, by sea, by train, by road. For some people there is nothing so exciting as traveling, and I’m not an exception. I hate seeing people off, I prefer being seen off myself. Hardly anyone can positively enjoy sitting in a train for more than a few hours. Train compartments soon get cramped and stuffy. During the journey, you can take a nap, but at night when you really want to sleep, it’s almost impossible.
Inevitably, you arrive at your destination almost exhausted. But there are a lot of advantages. With a train you have speed, comfort and pleasure combined. From comfortable corner seat you have a splendid view of the whole countryside. If you are hungry, you can have a meal in the dining – car, if the journey is a long one you can have a wonderful bed in a sleeper. Moreover, railway – station is the most interesting place. There is the movement, the excitement and the gaiety of people going away or waiting to meet friends.
There are the shouts of the porters as they pull luggage along the platforms to the waiting trains, the crowd at the booking – office getting tickets, the hungry and thirsty ones hurrying to the refreshment rooms before the train starts. As for me, travel by train it’s boring and tiring. I prefer travel by plan. Of course, travelling by air is the fastest and the most convenient way, but it is the most expensive too. Travelling by sea is very popular. Large ships and small river boats can visit foreign countries and different interesting places.
Sometimes I travel by ship. It’s wonderful to feel the deck of the ship under the feet, to see the rise and fall of the waves, to feel the fresh sea wind blowing in the face, hear the cry of the sea-gulls. Of course, the voyage isn’t exciting for those who are sea-sick. But I repeat again – the cheapest and enjoyable way to travel – is walking the forest, country. People travelling long distances frequently have to decide whether they would prefer to go by land, sea or air. Hardly can positively enjoy sitting in a train for more than a few hours or even a few days.
Train compartments soon get cramped and stuffy. More over travelling by train is not very comfortable, as on the long distances people don’t have an opportunity of having a shower. For many people sleeping in train is almost impossible because of the monotonous train’s swaying and fellow travellers’ snoring. As for the rest travelling by train is very interesting. From the comfortable corner seat of the railway carriage passengers have a splendid view of the whole countryside. Also there is a dining car for having a meal and a sleeper for having a rest.
Besides, many travellers think that a railway station is a very interest place. There is the movement, the excitement, the gaiety of people going away or waiting to meet friends. There are the shouts of the porters as they pull luggage along the platforms to the waiting trains, the crowd at the booking-office getting tickets, the hungry and thirsty ones hurrying to the refreshment rooms. By the way trains as we know them were invented in Britain in the 1820s. So the railway system in Great Britain is the oldest in the world. Today’s British rails are highly efficient and offer impressive on-board service.