What's your preferred way to travel on vacation?

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  1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image82
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 10 years ago

    What's your preferred way to travel on vacation?

    Plane, train or ship?  Or do you go by car?  Which mode gives you, personally, a great vacation experience, and why?

  2. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 10 years ago

    Marcy...This is a difficult question for garnering just one answer.  For me, it depends on where I'm going.  Actually, I don't take "vacations," per say......I visit my children or other family or a few friends, who live out of State. 
    At one point, 2 of my 4 sons (and their families) both lived in Georgia.  This made it easy to see all of them in one trip.  The majority of the time, I fly.  Staying with my kids, makes it unnecessary for me to rent a vehicle.
    Two or three times, I have driven, only because I had a willing co-pilot.  I've not ever tried this trip by car, on my own and I don't believe I would want to.
    My eldest son & family moved from Ga. to California.  I think it's going on 2 years now and I've not ventured out to make that LONG trip.  Of course, they have come home several times, so I have seen them.  Although I don't mind flying, the thought of so many hours in flight, makes me queasy and uneasy. 
    I have traveled by train, 3 or 4 times and each time, I must admit, was an interesting and pleasant experience.  I enjoyed the fact that I had no worries or responsibilities for the trip itself, because I was actually "being delivered," LOL.
    I don't mean to sound like a spokesperson for Amtrack, but depending on where you are going, a train is GREAT.....more freedom and options for comfort, than other means of transportation.  You can sit and read, or visit with a traveler.....take a nap, view the scenery, get up and move about freely, have a bite to eat in the dining car.....all while going on down the track.  No need to stop  to do any of this and your not stuck like a sardine in an upright seat, the entire time (as in a plane).   
    Bottom line....I take a little time to seriously consider my choice of travel, before each and every trip.  Then I prepare accordingly, because it is really quite important to "plan" well, for the most enjoyable experience in travel.
    Great question, Marcy.....!!

  3. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 10 years ago

    I love a leisurely drive where I can get out and see whatever strikes my fancy, go off the "beaten path" of the interstate and go beyond touristy areas.

    I am not a fan of flying since I had a close call with a flight. Since then, I avoid flying when possible. I would love to try a cruise, but with all the bad press cruise ships have received lately I'm leery of that also. 

    Driving gives me control of the trip, the destination and the timing, so I choose road trips. smile

  4. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 10 years ago

    There are some destinations, where you have to take a flight or train, because of the distance. But most preferred way to travel is definitely by car, along with whole family. You have the flexibility of time and you can take breaks at beautiful locations along the route. You can enjoy at some remote places too, where the train or the Plane will never take you. It is very exciting and lot of fun.

  5. lburmaster profile image72
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    Plane. It reminds me of all the trips I took in high school and gives me a sense of happiness. However, that's only being in the airport. Actually getting on the plane is a little stressful. But it's fantastic watching my husband. He has anxiety issues about airplanes. smile

  6. Beata Stasak profile image77
    Beata Stasakposted 10 years ago

    I am just packing to see another the land I have had in my mind for a very long time to explore, Canada, wherever I travel I just love to follow back roads, use domestic transport and visit people who live there, walk on foot where I can and just observe the ordinary lives enfolding in front of my eyes...I will get there by plane of course, but then I use domestic buses to meet fellow friends Candanians, travel with them for a short time to explore their beautiful country through their eyes....and then move on...for me traveling is exploration of new people, new land and new experiences so similar and yet so opposite different in every continent you enter....it is about the road you take not about destination....

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    Deb Welchposted 10 years ago

    When I travel to visit my daughter and family - I always fly and usually with US Airways and try to stay at a hotel with an airport shuttle.  However - we plan a short road trip within 5 hours of driving this summer to different places.  I have taken Greyhound and Peter Pan Buses on vacations but never a train or a ship as yet.  I will never take a cruise after all the problems that have happened recently.  Yet - on my bucket list is to take a Mississippi Queen Steam Boat Cruise.  Good question Marcy.

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    anndangoposted 10 years ago

    I've travelled by plane, train and automobile, which are all fine, but by far my preferred way to travel on vacation is by bicycle. I've toured on my bike through the east and the west coast of Canada, most of my province (Alberta), the Rockies and into British Columbia. Yes, it takes longer, but you are up close and personal to everything and you have time to savour your surroundings. You haven't experienced traveling through the Rockies until you've done it on a bike. Wherever it is you're biking, it's that sense of freedom I like - just you, your bike, the sky, the wind (hopefully at your back), majestic mountains, open prairie, the ocean - and all day to enjoy it!

  9. Tonipet profile image82
    Tonipetposted 10 years ago

    Hello Marcy. Depends on where we're heading. If a train is possible, I'd love to take that way -- the scenery is sure very relaxing, plus, traveling by train, to me, is something of a touch of old-fashion, lol. Planes are great, as well, when we needed to cross the seven seas.

    My next choice is by car -- it allows many stopovers, coffee stop, tea stop,  cookie stop, butt stop, stretch stop, and all that. Every stop can be a worthwhile experience. Much much fun for a great vacation experience. Lovely question. Thank you.

  10. nArchuleta profile image74
    nArchuletaposted 10 years ago

    Definitely train. In Europe. I have to fly to get there, obviously, from Colorado, but I love taking the train all over. The ferry is a close second.

  11. freecampingaussie profile image62
    freecampingaussieposted 10 years ago


    We flew to Europe but then bought a campervan and are driving around having a great time exploring ! We free camp a lot which we love doing ! We see so much more and have more fun than being stuck on a bus /train. We use ferries to go to places like Greece which we enjoy.
    We love train rides but would hate to just travel that way as it means having to be stuck to schedules and staying in hotels etc.
    We have also been in a horse /carriage/ kayak etc while traveling !


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