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Travel Daydreams

Travel Daydreams

In just three months I’ll be heading East to Halifax to start of the second (and final) year of my Master’s. I’ve not booked my trip yet because I still haven’t decided how best to embark on this adventure. Last year, I flew WestJet, but maybe that’s not the most interesting way to get halfway across the country. I’m into exploring my options…

travel daydreams

Driving. I stop in Montreal to see my old friend and we go for lunch. She has fabulous hair and I’m only slightly (read: severely) disheveled from my first eight hours on the road. I get back on the highway and sing show tunes at the top of my lungs until my throat gets sore. I stop at a Kelseys somewhere and order a Chicken Sonoma Valley Salad. I’m disappointed because it doesn’t take as good as I remember it being when I was fourteen. I almost get in several car accidents and my mom calls me every six hours to make sure I haven’t flipped my rental over in a ditch. I get lost somewhere in rural Nova Scotia but I eat the perfect lobster roll from a shack on the edge of the ocean and swim naked all alone and still manage to get to school on time. Pros: Great story. Lobster rolls. Visiting friends. Show tunes. Cons: High chance of needing roadside assistance. Talking to no one but myself for two days.

Train: The trip starts off comfortably as I stretch out and enjoy all my legroom. I’m highly motivated about all the work I’m going to get done and start writing furiously. Somewhere in Quebec I decide I’ve written enough to last me a lifetime (despite having only written three blog posts) and start watching reruns of Downton Abbey on my laptop. I eat waay too many train sandwiches and my face stars to breakout from going too long without a proper shower. I start to think train wine tastes good. The horror. Pros: Cheaper than flying. Train blogging. Scenery. Wine. Cons: Pimples. Train wine. Not getting as much done on the train as I think I will.

Flying: I roll into the airport like a pro with plenty of time before my flight. I prep my belongings for security in record time because, like I said, I’m a pro. But I inevitably get pulled over for random drug swabbing, the x-ray body scan machine, or a full luggage search. I smile because I always get pulled over. I settle into my seat on the airplane and order a glass of red. I wonder if there’s a difference between train wine and plane wine. I get carded. I fall asleep and wake up a blissful two hours later to see the ocean rising up below my window. Pros: Clean. Quick. Easy. Cons: Expensive. Wondering if all those times in the airport body-scan machine has made me radioactive.

What do you think? What’s your favourite way to travel?

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