Whether your next adventure is on the road, in the sky, or via railroad you have tons of options no matter what part of the world you are traveling. What’s your favorite way to travel?
Planes: Feel like Jet-setting to your next destination?
What’s your favorite airline? These are my usual go to airlines:
- Delta – Very military friendly, it has been my experience that Delta always takes care of its service memebers
- Jetblue – 2 free checked bags, extra leg room, and excellent service! Need I say more?
- American Airlines – Very military friendly, it has been my experience that American Airlines always takes care of its service memebers
Trains: In large cities like NYC, Toronto, and Washington D.C city transit is the way to go, but if you feel like going on a long adventure and taking your time getting there train travel is the way to go.
Amtrak – on my list of things to do. I’ve always wanted to ride Amtrak – sit back and enjoy the scenery and experience one of the oldest forms of transportation. – http://www.amtrak.com/home
Via Rail Canada – try the Rockies and Pacific, Vancover to Toronto route and ride in in a glass-top car to see the beautiful scenery as the trains zips through the country. – http://www.viarail.ca
Europe Speed Train – I’ve taken this from Germany to Paris and made great time; very convenient when you need to maximize your time.
Automobiles: Hail a taxi, ride in style with a driver, or hit the road for a road-trip
Luxury Black Car Service – sometimes you just want to treat yourself during your travels, enjoy a more comfortable ride to and from the airport, or spice up your night out on the town and be driven around. When I’m in NYC I use Luxury Blue Limousines to get to and from the airport. Uber is another great option to try!
Car Share Programs – The principle of CarSharing is simple: Individuals gain the benefits of a private car without the costs and responsibilities of ownership. I don’t have any personal experience using a car share program because I have a car, but I do think its an excellent idea especially in large cities where you may only need a car for a quick getaway or to run errands around town. Have you used one of these before?
- Enterprise Car Share
- Autolib Electric Car System (Europe)
- Drivy (France)
- U-Haul Car Share (colleges)
- Stadtmobil (Germany)
- Communauto (Canada)
Buses: A great way to travel on a budget; sit back and leave the ride to someone else. I’ve ridden the bus numerous times down to D.C from NYC because it’s so much cheaper than driving or flying. A typical flight will run you a min of $200, driving will run you about $100 -150 roundtrip for gas and tolls – while you can typically get a round trip bus ticket for $30-60.
Bolt Bus – an extension of Greyhound- signing up for a free membership gets you head of the line privileges when it comes time to board the bus, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to “Bolt for a Buck!”. Every schedule will sell at least one $1.00 ticket. The $1.00 ticket will be sold at random and generally within the first handful of seats sold. The earlier you book your ticket, the greater your odds are of grabbing a seat for a buck. – https://www.boltbus.com
DC2NY – dubbed a “luxurious” ride, the seats are super comfy, and they provide you with a bottle of water, a movie viewing, outlets to charge your appliances, and free wifi while you sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination. The ride to and from D.C and NYC is typically $30 each way. I like to use this service when Bolt Bus’ prices get outrageous. Sign up for a free membership and get a $1 off the advertised fare. Every dollar counts right? –https://www.dc2ny.com
Megabus – I have never used their service before, but I have a couple of friends who have. This double-decker, wifi ready, charter beats out Boltbus and DC2NY with its list of travel destinations and even goes to Canada. When they moved their loading station in NYC from Port Authority to the boondocks of 34th street between 11th and 12th Aves the possibility of me and others I know using their services consistently was lost. You’d need to either take a cab, be dropped off by a friend, or walk 3-4 avenues with your luggage. Call me high maintenance, but I prefer the convenience of being right near a train station. – http://us.megabus.com
What’s your favorite way to travel?
Until Next Time! -xo AGT
Nice topic! I was thinking of writing a post all about train travel :) I think all modes of transportation have their pros and cons. I love planes because you get to fly above the clouds and see things like lightning storms from above, plus all of the in-flight movies, TV shows, and music. Buses like Mega Bus are great for shorter distances since they’re so cheap- I taken those several times- and the might even have WiFi.
My favorite way to travel is on a train (I Amtrak-ed it from NY to CA several years ago and would love to do it again!), where you can walk around to stretch your legs, see the countryside, and get on and off fairly easily. Plus it’s fun seeing how different the trains and their service are depending on the country you’re in!
A cross country train trip, that sounds awesome! I think my first Amtrak trip will be from NYC to Portland, Maine