As anyone who loves travelling will know, there are plenty of ways to get around. Here’s a list of some of the most common, along with some pros and cons that might just help you to make up your mind…
Pros: Flying is one of the most convenient ways to travel over long distances – if you want to get to the other side of the world then there really isn’t any point in going back in time and taking a boat trip that’s going to last for a couple of weeks unless you have a really intense phobia of flying. On a lot of good planes you can watch movies, eat decent food and relax until your trip really begins.
Cons: Flying can be very expensive, and also it isn’t necessarily the most enjoyable trip if you have to wait for a long time at the airport beforehand to check in and to go through security. In addition, planes really aren’t very good for the environment – if you fly regularly then your carbon footprint is probably getting pretty intense.
Hire A Car
Pros: One of the best things about hiring a car is that it really is an adventure – you can control exactly what you do and where you go, which means that you can make your trip into exactly what you want it to be. Driving also gives you an incredible sense of independence – you can explore the country you’re in to your heart’s content.
Cons: In order to drive, you have to be in a good mental state – you need to have got at least six hours sleep the previous night, and of course you need to make sure that you haven’t been drinking at all. Driving can be a big responsibility, and it can get boring when you’re driving for huge distances.
Take A Train Journey
Pros: Train holidays are some of the most picturesque and beautiful vacations you can take, from the Trans-Siberian Railway from the train ride from Cusco in Peru to Aguas Calientes, from which you can visit Machu Picchu. They’re relaxing and calm, and you’ll get a little time to chill out before your next adventure.
Cons: Trains can get very crowded in some countries, and sleeper trains can be very bumpy and uncomfortable without great washing and toilet facilities.
Go On A Cruise
Pros: Cruises are one of the most relaxing ways that you can spend your time. Not only are you waited on hand and foot with an incredible selection of restaurants and activities, but all your day trips are also planned for you.
Cons: Cruises can often feel a little stifling – you don’t have much control over your trip and you’re stuck in a confined space with a lot of people that you don’t particularly know. It’s also hard to go home if you’re ill or if there’s a family emergency of some sort, as you might have your flight home already booked from where the ship docks at the end of the trip.