Alternative Travel

Hey guys,

So for many students living in the suburbs or the city like myself, the typical routes home consist of either a car ride or a bus ride back. However, I have found that in the last three years, taking the Amtrak train home is not only a more comfortable ride, but often times a fair priced one too.

You don’t even have to use it for just traveling back home, either. For instance, my girlfriend and I are taking the Amtrak into the city as I write. We bought the tickets a few days in advance and got a deal on them, and the trip is no longer than a bus or car ride. My friends and I take trips to the city like this every so often during the weekends. It’s a nice break from classes that doesn’t involve the often complicated exchange for gas money or trying to find seats on a bus together.

And the most convient part of it all is that the train station is located right on the edge of downtown Champaign, at the Illinois Terminal. At the terminal there are a lot of buses students can take that’ll take you all over the Champaign-Urbana area, including campus, which means when students come back from home, they won’t have to drag their luggage all over town to get back.

I hope you guys can benefit from this so you too can go visit your families on the holidays or just hang out with your friends in Chicago.

Until next time,




Class of 2016
I’m in the Creative Writing program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I’ve been calling Illinois my home since 1998. I’ve lived all over the Northwest suburbs, from Palatine to Lakemoor to where I currently live back home, Mundelein.