I’ve now spent a lot of time travelling around via different modes of transportation. When planning a trip, it’s a good thing to think about your budget, timeframe, and the experience you’d like to have while in transit before selecting your options. My thoughts on each:
Planes – Obviously the fastest and easiest way to get from point A to point B.
- Someone handles your luggage for you
- There’s a good chance instructions are going to be given in English in addition to the local languages
- You don’t have to worry about missing your stop, as someone will order you off the plane!
- Unless you’re flying first- or business-class (lucky you), it’s a bit cramped when a flight of more than a few hours is involved
- Odds are high you will inevitably get stuck beside a crying baby
- Enormous carbon footprint
- Miss the “vibe” of a place when you’re flying at 33,000 feet
Trains – A great way to see the scenery of a country.
- Can sit and watch the world go by
- A fast way to travel if you’re afraid of flying
- Price (at times)
- Instructions may not be in English
- High probability of missing your stop (personal experience)
- Long travel times
- Feeling like you’re in a washing machine if you’re on a sleeper train
Automobiles (Rental Car) – Freedom and independence to do what you want.
- No fixed itinerary. Want to change your plans last-minute and take a different route? Go for it!
- No hauling around your luggage
- Cost-effective if split between a group of people
- Not cost-effective if split between one person. Especially in countries where gas is pricey! (which let’s face it, is everywhere)
- Miss out on scenery when you’re too busy trying to figure out how to navigate a roundabout
- Long drives can be tiring
Automobiles (Bus) – Let’s get thrifty!
- It’s cheap!
- Mingle with locals
- Long bus rides are great times to catch up on sleep
- Mingle with locals who bring local delicacies on board to eat
- Long bus rides. No bathrooms.
- Spend a large portion of your trip time travelling between destinations
There are obviously perks and negatives to each form of transportation. So, what’s your favourite way to travel?