There are so many ways of going travelling these that it can be hard to know where to start. Well, here we are going to take a look at some of the benefits and negatives of different methods of travel to give you some idea on how to make your next trip the best it can be.
First and foremost, air travel is the easiest and quickest way to get to most countries around the world. Or at least it can seem like the quickest. If you are based in Vancouver, Canada, for example you might consider that a one hour journey to Seattle, Washington, USA is good going. But, once you take into account that you have to arrive at the airport roughly 90 minutes before your flights takes off, then add in journey time to the airport and waiting for baggage at the other end. Suddenly a one hour journey has become several hours long.
Of course, this doesn’t apply if you’re looking to fly from the US to Europe for example, you can’t really get there quicker than if you travel by air. But taking into account where you are travelling and if air travel is the best way of doing it then go for it. However, it is worth exploring alternative options.
A road trip, the kind of travelling Hollywood loves. The wind in your hair, the road ahead of you and you’re in total control of your own time. Some of this is true, the last two bits. You will have long stretches of road in front of you and time is going to be something you can control, for the most part. First of all the positives of road travel are that you can stop wherever you want and you’re not beholden to someone else. But if you are going to take a road trip, you must make sure you are prepared for all eventualities. Breakdown kits that include a blanket, repairs tools and spares like a space saver wheel are essential. In addition, you should be prepared to hit traffic so as much as your time is in your hands, it is also dependent on road works and other drivers. Being organised is the best way to enjoy your road trip.
If you don’t like the idea of trusting the road, you might want to consider rail travel. This especially applies if you are looking to make your way around Europe. These countries share a fantastic network of train travel which will allow you to move seamlessly and without the need to deal with airports and road problems. A lot of people prefer rail travel, but there are pitfalls, one of which is delays. You can’t control what will happen on the rail network and that can cause you big problems. A way to combat that is planning ahead, keeping your timetable at hand and understanding things can go wrong.
Travel comes with problems no matter which way you choose, more often than not it will be delays. But don’t like that ruin your trip, understand that some things can’t be helped.