I completely hear you, my friend! My husband thinks I’m insane for choosing to travel via train, especially long distance. I don’t mind air travel or road trips (many recent college visits with my son have shown me that some just make more sense than others), but I will always search the train options first and see if there’s a feasible way to make it work.
My LD train adventures to date have been limited to Florida. I’ve done everything from coach on Auto Train (with my ex husband when daughter was 9 months old) to bedrooms on Silver Star and Meteor, both with my kids and solo. My 2 kids are now 18 and 20- i’m definitely glad I exposed them to a bit of train life, but I know it’s not in their soul like it is mine.
I got remarried in 2020, after many years solo and basically traveling the way I wanted, when I wanted. I don’t even try to convince my husband to join me- I’d much rather travel alone than with someone who wouldn’t enjoy it. In September, I took a solo train trip and then spent a week in Disney (also at the bottom of my husband’s happy place list
) completely alone and loved every second.
I’m currently researching my options for a cross-country round trip via SWC, CS and EB…and will be doing that solo as well. Perhaps my husband will fly out and meet for a few days in LA, perhaps not.
As others have said, I think it’s more than OK for couples to have their individual travel time, especially if it brings one so much joy, and not so much for their “I just don’t get it” other half.