I am delighted to say that I will be able to take the time from Saturday December 19th through Sunday January 10th off work. Naturally, the thing to do is go to Vancouver, as I was unable to do over the summer.
- Comfortable, can walk around
- Reasonable chance of getting some reading and other sorts of work done
- Probably access to an electrical outlet
- Probably half to 1/3 the greenhouse gas emissions of flying
- Takes four days
- Leaves three times a week: Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday from Toronto and Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday from Vancouver
- Expensive: $1,100 for a non-refundable ticket
- Note, if the Sierra Youth Coalition still has a 40% discount, that is a more reasonable $660.
- Pretty uncomfortable
- Not much chance of getting anything done – little space for books and/or laptop
- Probably no access to an electrical outlet
- Even fewer greenhouse gas emissions
- Takes three days
- Seems to leave every day
- Cheap: $224 for a ticket that can be changed for a small fee
The train would certainly be much more comfortable and romantic, but is it worth paying nearly five times as much (and two extra days) for?
As a follow-up question, why are our trains so slow and expensive?