How to travel on…
Who knows what gives people that itch to get up and go? I’m sure it’s different for different people. Whether it is an afternoon out of the house or a week long vacation, most people at some point are motivated to travel. There are extreme hermits who rarely if ever venture over their thresholds, who would prefer to stay home more than anything, who have no outside social life besides what can be cultivated online without actual face to face interaction, and who even have their groceries and other essentials delivered to their door. Such people may be the exception to the above-mentioned assumption that all people at some point feel the urge to travel.
But I digress. Excluding the obvious extreme exceptions, most people do indeed have some impetus not to remain stagnant, which motivates some degree of travel, weather a few miles from home for a movie or across the globe for a backpacking trip across Europe.
For such people, allow me to offer some helpful, albeit limited, advice on how to travel by various means.
Some I will address in this particular blog, which I have titled how to travel on…, include but are not limited to walking, bicycling, driving a vehicle, riding a bus, running a train, and flying on an airplane.
Some people may choose walking as their mode of transportation. They may choose walking as a mode of transportation for a number of reasons: exercise, mental and emotional well being from the therapeutic nature of walking, saving money by not having to pay for fuel, or even necessity due to not being able to afford other modes of transportation. Walking is certainly a healthy and beneficial way to travel. That is definitely the case if the destination is within a reasonable distance, but travel by walking is not as limited as many would assume. I wants passed a church that had written on it sign by the highway, anywhere is within walking distance if you have enough time. I know people who have walked dozens of miles, and there are those who have walked hundreds or thousands. these of course our distance is most would never assume reasonable for walking, but these people prove it is possible. And therefore, always an option.
Bicycling is similar to walking, in that it may be done for exercise or the therapeutic nature of it or for as a less expensive way to travel. Is also similar in that many would not consider it a reasonable way to travel long distances, but again, people have proven that bicycling can be a viable option for even long distances.
At least in America and many other developed countries, driving cars is probably the most popular way to travel. the number of personally owned vehicles per family in America is staggering. the number of drivers in Beijing China, as is likely the case in many other large cities around the world, that I am told drivers are limited to using their vehicles only certain days a week unless they pay a special tax. I witnessed the traffic congestion firsthand, and it both confirmed how vital vehicle travel is and how inefficient it can be. Factors to consider when traveling by car would be the cost of fuel, the wear on the tires and brakes and transmission and other components of the vehicle. Frequent and thorough maintenance can prolong the life of the car and therefore the efficiency of this type of travel.
Thankfully, because of the congestion of personal vehicle travel on highways and particularly and metropolitan areas, there are often other alternatives including but not limited to public transportation. One that I am less familiar with but know it to be a vital part of a city’s life is travel by bus. There is a cost for the bus fare, which is inconvenient, but compared to the cost of fuel and maintenance of a vehicle, and that savings can be made by buying bus fare in bulk, this is still a very economic way to travel. People who prefer their privacy may not prefer this mode of transportation. Also, such frequent and close proximity to other passengers certainly provides opportunity for the spread of germs. The friendliness of the bus driver and/or passengers cannot be guaranteed. however, under many circumstances that are not too far fetched, this may be a pleasant and worthwhile experience.
In another post, I plan to expound on travel by train and travel by airplane, both of which are recent to me and, in the case of travel by trains, still novel enough to be new and fresh and intriguing to me. but I hope this post has made it clear that anyone who wants to travel near or far has many reasonable options on how to do that on any budget.