Welcome to the busiest season for travel…you have places to go and people to see. How many of us have chosen one way to travel, and have just stuck with it over time? Here is a breakdown of several ways you can travel this season, some of them at a fraction of the cost of what you may be used to.
The main ways to travel include car, bus, train, and airplane. Each mode has its benefits over another, depending on what your needs are.
When it comes to traveling a short distance, lets say approximately 200 miles or less, the bus, train or car is the fastest way to go. Flying is really only beneficial when the trip is a significant distance, covering several states or half the United States. Alot of time can be wasted getting to the airport, waiting at the airport, sitting on the plane…it is likely you could have already reached your destination by ground travel if you had gone that route instead.
However, if you are weighing the benefits of drive time compared to ride time, ride time allows you to take care of other tasks during the trip. You can work, eat, sleep, and tackle other things while sitting on a train, bus or airplane.
What about comfort? While our own vehicle would seem to make sense as the most comfortable, the train would likely be the winner. In a car you have more flexibility in when you want to stop and where you want to go. But the train is roomier, has food service, and a place to sleep if you upgrade.
And then there is cost. The cheapest cost for short trips would be the bus or your car. And the more people you can get to split the cost of gas in a car, the cheaper that bill becomes. For long trips, the cheapest route is by plane or train…depending on the time of year and how early you are able to book a seat.
Last but not least, traveling safely is an important consideration. If you wanted to choose the safest way to travel, you would buy a train ticket. Trains have the lowest fatality rate of passengers per year, with automobiles having the highest. The bus and train land in the middle, with similar results to each other.
Regardless of how you choose to travel during the next month or two, here’s wishing you safe and happy trails.