direction of travel

View Poll Results: which way?
facing the direction of travel 6 85.71%
facing the direction you have come from 1 14.29%
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#1 Jan 8th, 2008, 19:34
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facing the way you are going, or facing the way you have just come from...

which gives you the best view?

discuss
what would chuck norris do?
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I always prefer to see what's coming up ahead rather than what we've just passed - if I want to see more then I can just turn and watch it as we go past.
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Facing what's ahead, of course! However for taking photos out of the window, the other way around is much preferred. Less blurry. The oncoming sights move a lot more than the receding ones, if you know what I mean. Blew away half a film roll finding that out on a very scenic trip.
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Originally Posted by Mickey S View Post I always prefer to see what's coming up ahead rather than what we've just passed - if I want to see more then I can just turn and watch it as we go past.
Same here.

There is always sideways, when sitting by the open carriage door, best of both worlds.

You will often find that you go to sleep with the carriages travelling in one direction, and wake up heading in the other direction, it can be confusing, this is because there are many stations or junctions that you enter, then have to depart on the same tracks you came in on.
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ps It is said that safety-wise, in case of collisions facing away from your travel direction, i.e., backwards, on both buses and trains is the safer postion (reduced chance of whiplash and the likes). For the really worrisome among us
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Sitting backwards ie facing the way you have come from always makes me feel nauseaous.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post Sitting backwards ie facing the way you have come from always makes me feel nauseaous.
It's psychological!

My mother always insisted that she would get very sick if she had to travel with her back to the direction of travel - which has resulted in a lot of games of musical chairs on train trips across Europe with her - but on a recent trip to India, where she often had no choice in the matter, she frequently did so and there were no undesirable consequences.

However, most people do prefer to face the direction of travel, for many reasons. On British trains, forward-facing seats always fill up before the others, and on Japanese trains, where it is possible to turn the seats through 180 degrees, absolutely everybody does so every time the train reverses out of a station. And people don't seem to like travelling in the rear-facing seats on British Airways flights. I think travelling forwards just feels more natural than travelling backwards.

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