House cracks me up sometimes. There was an episode a while back where they made fun of the way there are always shots of them walking down the hall discussing the patients because it gave the impression that they were moving forward, and that is a lot more exciting than sitting around at a table. I think this idea translates over into travel as well. I’m currently sitting on a train and doing nothing but thinking and staring out the window, and I couldn’t care less. I feel as though I’m moving towards something even more spectacular than the scenery, and I always feel this way when I’m in a moving vehicle – car, bus, plane or train.
Trains are the shiznit.
I already love road trips, but train trips are like on another level. They are romantic, engaging and liberating all at once. The romance comes from the movement towards even more adventure. The engaging comes from not being able to take your eyes off the landscapes outside, meeting and chatting with people and just not really wanting it to end. The liberation comes from the fact I can free my mind, think those thoughts I don’t have time to mull over in normal life, and just the fact I can get up out of my seat and walk around (you can’t do that on a bus).
Epic train journeys are for me, so now, after a little over 2 days on the Indian Pacific, I can definitely get more excited about the Trans-Mongolian train trip I’m hoping to take in the next year. But train trips aren’t for everyone, a fact I’ve come to face while being on this train, and a sad one at that.
The Indian Pacific train ride is one of the most amazing train trips in the world, and it crosses places millions of people can only ever dream of crossing. The views are colorful – greens, reds, blues – with hues intensified in my mind because I know how scarce and hostile the environment I’m looking at actually is for people. I don’t take experiences like these for granted, but… others do.
Don’t be that guy.
Don’t be the guy that complains about everything along the journey, such as the food, the tours, the boring scenery and lack of things to do. Just don’t. You’re the one who booked this journey and came unprepared and in the wrong mindset, and I don’t want your negative vibes ruining my enjoyment.
Don’t be the guy who doesn’t understand when it is okay to actually talk to you. When someone (me) is sitting at their computer, intently working, that does not mean I want you to talk to me. When I sit 3 tables away with a newspaper in my hands, that also is not an invite. I enjoy the solitude of the trains and entertaining myself, which I think a lot of other people here do, too, so don’t go overboard here and become annoying.
Don’t be the guy that refuses to pick up one of the free books or magazines in the lounge. Don’t be the one that sits there in the middle of the carriage just staring at other people in the room instead of outside. Just don’t do it. It makes people like me feel uncomfortable.
Just don’t be that guy on an epic train journey, and if you are that guy… DON’T GO ON THE TRAIN.
Let’s face it: Epic train journeys are for me, but they definitely are not for you.
Update: If this sounds rude, I’m sorry 😉 I was just trying to point out that long trips on trains are not for people traveling solo who can’t handle being in their own skin for a while. They’re also not for people who aren’t going to appreciate the adventure.