The Armchair Backpacker

Quite regularly I see posts on Facebook of people in exciting, faraway places, doing exciting and unforgettable things, whilst I am stuck in the UK staring at the rain outside my window. I know that I’m not alone in this. It is quite easy to end up feeling miserable, and like everyone’s life is better than your own. Or you could feel resentful of those who can afford/have the time to do what they like, whilst you are stuck doing whatever you are doing. I guess all those emotions are natural, and I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Instead, why not channel your energy into doing something positive, which also links to your desire to travel?

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Would you like the window seat?

Since I was first old enough to purchase a young person’s railcard, I have travelled quite regularly by train across the UK. It’s easy, convenient and depending on where you are travelling can be quite cheap as well. I’ve also travelled by train in other countries, notably when I went interrailing with a group of friends. Stations are fantastic places to people-watch, as are trains themselves, and as you begin to stack up the number of journeys you have taken, you begin to spot patterns in people’s behaviours. One of these is the classic window seat discussion.

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