Sleeping on a form of transport

@maximax8 (27049)
January 29, 2013 12:04pm CST
I love it when I can sleep in a comfortable compartment on an overnight train. That is an excellent way to save on the cost of a nights accommodation in pricey countries. When I sailed overnight from England to the Netherlands with a friend it felt like our bunks were rocking. It was quite scary and it wasn't a restful night due to the rough sea conditions. On a long haul overnight flight I find the seat uncomfortable and there is little leg room so my legs can ache. I find it tiring if the plane passes through many time zones. Often cabin crew try to give a meal at time which is unsuitable either for the departed place or arrival place not yet reached. On a plane I like to have an eye mask and a travel pillow on a night flight to get as much rest as possible. How about you?
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@babyeve (1051)
• Seychelles
30 Jan 13
I also like to sleep while traveling. Especially in cars and airplanes. Many people says that while traveling they cannot sleep. Much more like you say it saves a lot of money and in return you can have a good rest until you reach your destination. I also find it a bit uncomfortable to sleep while traveling at sea if the is a bit rough. Much more it gives me upset stomach if people close to me gets sick.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
29 Jan 13
I dont like flights, cars, and buses...I am fine with cars and buses for short journeys though. However, trains have become unsafe out here...lots of thefts in nights...we need to chain our luggage to avoid the risk..that is why sleeping in the night is a bit inconvenient...unless its a coupe.
@maximax8 (27049)
29 Jan 13
I am shocked to hear about thefts at night on the trains in your home country. I recommend wearing a hidden under clothes money belt. It is best to have expensive things like a camera next to the body too in case they get stolen.
@Archie0 (4672)
29 Jan 13
I did not encounter much theft in trains i went. though may be i travel a lot with the closed compartments in AC coach every time. When there is a subject of the normal compartments, yes thefts are possible. I think it is normal for any country to undergo robbery. But i feel the AC compartments are much safer than the non AC one's vandana.
@vandana7 (56765)
• India
29 Jan 13
Yes...AC is safer...:)
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
my hubby used to ride the bus to work every day and from where live, it was a good hours drive and he always used to fall asleep on the bus. fortunately for him, his stop was the last one and so he never missed his stop, however, a few times the bus driver had to wake him up! i so envy hubby on being able to fall asleep anywhere.
@ulan12rc (223)
• Qatar
29 Jan 13
I envy him also hahaha I wish I could easily fall asleep whenever it is needed and to be like him is an additional bonus for me. It is a good feeling if I can even take a good nap whenever I am in a bus or car.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
4 Feb 13
My favourite way to spend the night is an overnight ferry and I have travelled on overnight ferries between Denmark and Norway and overnight ferries between Sweden and Finland. I also travelled on overnight trains and I was able to save a lot of money that way, because I didn't have to pay for a hotel room in Hungary and Serbia when I travelled between Denmark and Greece. The overnight flight was not that comfortable and I was't able to sleep much so I watched movies on the plane and slept when I arrived at my destination. The overnight bus between Lithuania and Germany was probably the worst type of transportation I have tried. I spent more 30 hours on the bus and the seats were really uncomfortable. I hope that I can avoid that kind of overnight busses in the future and find an overnight train instead.
@KrauseHome (32864)
• United States
1 Feb 13
Personally it is hard to sleep while traveling. I have often wondered if while on a train the most comforting thing would be to ride in a sleeper car. But these are expensive add ons, so usually we just travel without doing so. So when you get to your destination we are exhausted, but know it was usually worth the trip and experience as well.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
31 Jan 13
Although I haven't tried this. I think I would love sleeping overnight in a train. I think that motion and that rhythm of the tracks would really lull me to sleep. I sometimes have trouble sleeping, and I sometimes think that if I could get somebody to drive me around, it would help me sleep. But I bet the train is much better than any car ride.
• Greece
30 Jan 13
I don't find it comfortable sleeping when I am travelling and rarely take long haul flights where it is necessary. However, I remember some years ago that I had a train journey that went on through the night so I had a sleeper, I can't remember exactly what it was called. When I went there to sleep I saw that a man was already asleep in one of the bunks, so I called one of the staff. He looked at me, it was an intercontinental journey, and he said that this was quite normal and chastised me for my English reaction! The man's trousers were hanging up which I found disconcerting and I got into bed just as I was. When I woke up in the morning he had gone. Was I being a prude?
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
30 Jan 13
To have a night flight is indeed not easy to go through,what i got is also a pillow and a mask,to make myself feel comfortable on it.But it's exciting cuz we are hoping another cool destination and it's gonna be a fun journey.
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
30 Jan 13
Well, I have had some not so good experience while flying. I have sometimes slept on transport, but it is not a deep sleep.
@youless (85251)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Jan 13
You are right. It can save a lot if you sleep on the train or something like that when you have a travel. But sometimes I find it is not so easy to fall asleep because of the noise and movement. And most of all, I get used to have the bath everyday. I will feel uncomfortable if I can't have a bath for a long time. And it is also uncomfortable to go to the train toilet, too.
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Sometimes I hate the sound of cheap ferry rides from one island to another. I would have to bear 5 hours of noisy chattering from nearby bunks. The plane is like 1500 pesos higher in price compared to ferry rides but it's definitely more comfortable and quick for a 1-hour ride.
@ulan12rc (223)
• Qatar
29 Jan 13
I never get a chance traveling in a form of train with the long journey, wish I could someday, it is always a matter of minutes and I'm on my destination. But in a plane I can sleep like you if I have an eye mask, travel pillow and the small blanket, with this things I can possibly rest comfortably.
• United States
29 Jan 13
I wouldn't be able to sleep in such conditions. If I don't have a door with a sound lock between myself and those not in my group, I'm not sleeping. I simply do not consider it safe to do so.
@urbandekay (18314)
29 Jan 13
I have slept on a yacht, both at sea and in harbour. At sea the motion can be quite pleasant unless it is rough, once it was lifting me out of my bed and I came down with a thump! In harbour the rattling of the halyard against the mast is disturbing until you get used to it. Sleeping again on land takes a little acclimatisation too. I find it hard to sleep on planes, unless I'm drunk or very tired, it is too exciting and too interesting looking out the window all the best, urban
@Raine38 (8907)
• United States
29 Jan 13
The only moments that I get to rest really well and good while,on transit is when I am on a plane flying business class. I have lots of leg room plus I can decline my chair straight that it seems like I am sleeping on a real bed. We only fly business class when we do long flights, like more than 8 hours of flying.
@Asylum (46338)
• Manchester, England
29 Jan 13
Sleeping in transit has never been a problem to me, although I rarely have cause to do so. I had no trouble sleeping on the night ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland or the ferry from Portsmouth to Jersey. I can happily sleep in a chair and have no need for a cabin during a crossing. Sleeping on a train or an airplane is also no problem, providing that the journey is long enough to justify it. The majority of trips that I have taken over recent years have been within a couple of thousand miles, thus making sleep unnecessary.
@Archie0 (4672)
29 Jan 13
Travelling with a cruise or air plane has not been in chance for me yet. As i haven't traveled that far. But i travel by train a lot. I mostly take the first class so that i get better seats and comfortable berth to sleep. Not all the berths are comfortable sometimes i find it very difficult to adjust as many berths there lose the cushion in their seats. But it feels good as you can sleep with a pillow, blanket and other necessary bed side things. They even provide with food, snacks, water, cleaning etc so it becomes much comfortable in the train.