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Pros and cons for 9 different types of travel

Thinking of going somewhere but not sure how to get there?  Here are the Pros and Cons of nine common forms of transportation, including by foot, bike, motorcycle, car, van, bus, rail, water, and air.

Foot

  • Pros: Usually doesn’t cost anything, can see the details of the environment around you, perfect for seeing different parts of city, and is probably one of the best forms of exercise there is.
  • Cons: Takes longer but hey, if life is about the journey and not the destination, this method definitely will have the longest journey.

Bicycle

  • Pros: Fairly cheap after the cost of the bike, can easily use to travel a few miles to 10-20 per day.
  • Cons: Have to worry about it being stolen, not so good in areas with lots of hills, and is somewhat weather dependent (no rain, snow, etc).

Motorcycle

  • Pros: Is the cheapest form of motorized individual transportation, great to use in larger cities for easily getting around where cars can’t go or in more remote areas without all the paved roads.
  • Cons: While you can take two people, is mostly limited to one, has the highest accident rates of any transportation, and is somewhat weather dependent.

Car

  • Pros: More room, you have a trunk for storage, lots of options available from economy, electric or alternative energy vehicles, sports cars, and many other types.  The most common form of transportation for commuting, weekend trips, activities, or longer road trips.
  • Cons: Additional costs such as for gas or fuel, insurance, and parking.

Van

  • Pros: Helpful for larger families, groups, or people carrying around lots of equipment.
  • Cons: Less efficient fuel usage, parking can be a bit more of hassle in crowded areas.

Bus

  • Pros: No worries about driving when going somewhere, can sit back, read, sleep, whatever.  Helpful for getting around larger cities, with bus stops every few blocks or so.  Usually fairly cheap as a form of mass transportation.
  • Cons: You don’t have your own space, can be crowded, and have frequent stops.

Rail

  • Pros: Less stops than a bus, helpful for longer trips or journeys, such as for few hours or days, covering 10’s to 100’s of miles or kilometers in a relatively short time with few stops.  Can be a great way to see the countryside of different areas you’re going through.
  • Cons: While popular in some areas (Europe), not so much in others (the US).

Water

This is in respect to ferry boat transportation.

  • Pros: In different areas such as Hong Kong, getting around by boat (or ferry), can be as common as taking a bus or taxi.  Prices can range depending where you are, but often it’s reasonable considering it’s usually you’re only option going from one place to another.  That said, if it’s nice out you can hang out on the deck, getting the fresh sea air and watching the waves go by.
  • Cons: Can sometimes be crowded, seating is variable depending on where you’re at and ferry service you’re using.

Air

  • Pros: Usually the fastest way to get from A to B, especially over longer distances, covering thousands of miles in few hours or within a day trip.
  • Cons: Usually more expensive, have to go through security at the airports, get there two hours early, have limited storage space, and can be a crowded few hour trip.

Organize travel plans on your own network

For some of your longer trips, you can use your Odysen network to help organize your trips, here are a few examples for doing so:

  • Add a folder for each main location you’re going to. Within each folder are applications to store content with, keeping a range of content organized in one place for easy reference.
  • Add websites for different travel services you’re planning on using, such as for an airline and their schedules, different airports, bus, train, or ferry services.
  • Add local blogs to the news reader to stay informed of changes happening before you leave.
  • Add some actions for things you need to do beforehand, such as buying a ticket, updating a passport or visa, or picking up some supplies.
  • Add a list of things you’d like to do, an itinerary, to a note.  If going on a trip with others, they can add comments for feedback.
  • Add a poll to get consensus from others in your network about where to go or what to do while there.
  • Share photos and videos of your trip afterwards, others can view a collection of photos in a slideshow.

Learn more about having your own network for travel, including application examples, the benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

| Posted on | December 28, 2013 | Comments Off

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