R U You Trippin'?
All I wanna do is have some fun........
Modes of Transportation for Travel
The Five P's!
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
I am a planner. I like to plan everything in advance. I even have my next life planned. Having 3 daughters, I am always on the go. In the event that I need to make a quick escape I have mapped out four predetermined locations. I researched the different modes of transportation and the costs and travel times to each destination.
Air travel is usually the fastest way from point A to point B (or C or D). It is also usually more expensive. American Airlines touts they guarantee they have the cheapest flights available. I did test this and found cheaper flights to Texas at Southwest Airlines. If you want to fly - flight costs vary greatly by the day of the week you fly. AA seems to have cheaper flights during the week and a bit higher on the weekends. The drawback with air travel is there is really tight security. So if you are planning to kill someone - don't fly to their residence! There is always a paper trail, video included.
NOTE: Taking a snow globe on an airplane is illegal! It doesn't matter that they even sell them at the airport. Apparently there is some sign that says, "Snow Globes may not be transported on an airplane." I didn't see it! I packed those snow globes that I took an hour to pick out in Hollywood for each of my daughters in my carry on. I wrapped them lovingly in clothing so they would not break. I knew my girls would think the scenes inside the globes and the music were beautiful, magical. Little did I know I was about to cross over to the other side. The moment I walked onto the airplane I became a smuggler of illegal goods! A RealHousewife gone rogue. Now, I can't fathom why a snow globe would be an exception to the rule. I guess I could beat someone over the head with it. I could go completely ninja and kill everyone and hijack the plane with a snow globe. A can of coke could be just as dangerous and they serve that on a plane. I took a cup of Starbuck's coffee on the plane - that wasn't a crime. I know there is a little girl in LA who has a whole wall full of snow globes and her daddy works at LAX.
Greyhound bus stations are ubiquitous with locations scattered across the nation. Bus is usually the cheapest means of travel. It is also one of the slower means of transportation so if you are in a hurry you may not want to take the bus. Busses are also uncomfortable after about 30 minutes so you may not want to go long distances by bus. You can take a snow globe on a bus.
Greyhound also offers a variety of tours and hotel accomodations. If you are on a tight budget this might just be the way to go. There is also less security at bus stations, I checked that out myself.
Trains are not always the cheapest way to travel. They are usually the slowest route, as well. If you choose to follow the regular procedure and you prefer to ride inside the train you will need to purchase a ticket. Paying passengers also have the option of purchasing a sleeper car if your destination is further. They have fold out beds and more privacy if you desire keeping a low profile. You can take a snow globe on a train. You could take drugs or guns too - they don't check for anything. They announce over a loud speaker that you - the passenger should report any suspicious packages or people to security. I did see a suspicious baby but I didn't want to get involved.
Trains historically also provide transportation for those who are less fortunate or those who live on the fringes of society. Hobos, tramps and gypsies are a few examples of people who would "jump" on trains for cheap transport. Typically, these people are not educated and do not read well. A form of communication was developed for these type of people to help each other. These symbols are called Hobo Glyphs. Signs, letters or symbols were often scratched into trees, objects, scribbled or drawn with chalk to leave messages for others who could interpret this code. Hobos were people that traveled to work - such as migratory workers. It is unknown when these sort of people began to appear in hisory. Mid 19th century at the end of the American Civil War soldiers began hopping trains home and it has been a popular transport system to many. Especially if you are a criminal and you are on the lam. These are the people that will help.
If you own a vehicle you could choose to drive the journey. Road trips are very popular now days. It is easier than ever to plan this kind of trip by using a website like Rand McNally. Many of these site's have trip planners. The route shows you which restaurants, gas stations, shops, or hotels are along the route. It also gives information regarding any landmarks or historical sites to see along the way. It might point out state parks or events that you might like to stop for.
If you have children you may think that you would rather set yourself on fire than spend entire days in the car together. Think again. I often take the kids on road trips throughout Missouri and Illinois. It gives me ample time to talk all kinds of sense into them and they can't get away. It is my brand of "brainwashing" time. We talk about manners and proper behavior and junk. I think of it as Car Church and I get to be The Preacher.
I dose the lectures out in between rounds of real fun though or else I'd never trick them into the car. They love to play what they call, "The Alphabet Game." We start with the letter A and you have to find a word that represents that letter before you advance on a sign or a business name. We also have several sets of trivia type flashcards that we use to quiz each other. The girls learned all of the United States and their capital cities this way. Trivial Pursuit makes a pocket version of their game for travel.
However, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.69. Of all the trips that I priced - driving is just as costly for one person and one of the slower ways to get to your destination. If you have a family of five then driving could be economical. Driving is easier than ever with small children now thanks to portable DVD players, Netflix and laptop computers with 3G.
Walking is a path less traveled but can be the cheapest option. If you chose to walk (or if the getaway car breaks down) you could resort to walking. Walking is healthy. Walking is believed to decrease your chances of heart attack, cancer, helps circulation, it helps control diabetes and aids in weight loss. Walking also is excellent for mental heath. However, the average healthy person can only walk approximately 20 miles per day. You would need an awful lot of vacation days to get to California from St. Louis. If you are unemployed or just on the run, time may not be a consideration so walking could be yet another benefit. I would make sure that I planned for good weather and a route with lots of restaurants and hotels along the way. Me - I'm not a walker. I am a "watch other people walk" kind of person.
No matter what your endeaver - make sure to employ the 5 p's. Most businesses fail in the first year due to improper planning. Wars have been lost, criminals have been caught and love has been lost all due to a little short sightedness and lack of a realistic plan. No matter what - never take a snow globe on a plane.
If anyone is planning to be in the Missouri area soon, I could use a ride. Please come after dark and leave the headlights out. I can be located at the pin on the map in O'Fallon, I sure appreciate it! Damn snow globes.
St. Louis to.......
Amtrac / Total Travel Time
Greyhound / Total Travel Time
*Automobile / Total Travel Time / Cost of Gas
American Airlines / Total Travel Tme
$235.00 - 34 hr 47 min
$128.70 - 19 hr 55 min
~816 miles - 13 hr 47 min - $240.00
$245.00 - 6 hr 44 min
$140.00 - 22 hr 30 min
$151.20 - 20 hr 15 min
~842 miles - 14 hr 30 min - $250.00
$168.00 - 3 hr 40 min
Los Angeles, CA
$207.00 - 35 hr 30 min
$189.00 - 1 D 16 hr 35 min
~1,850 miles - 1 D 5 hr - $546.00
$148.00 - 7 hr 10 min
$279.00 - 58 hr
$156.00 - 1 D 6 hr 40 min
~1,244 miles - 20 hr 57 min - $367.22
$103.00 - 2 hr 40 min
*The chart above is based on gas being approximately $3.69 per gallon and an automobile that averages approximately 25 miles per gallon of gas. (Round trip).
Ticket prices are quoted for one way fares.
Go ahead - plan a trip!
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