Switch up Holiday Travel Routes with these different ideas
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- Published on Wednesday, 11 November 2020 11:35
- Last Updated on 11 November 2020
- Monica Costa
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When we’re looking at booking a dream holiday, the most typical travel routes will likely involve an economy-class plane ticket. This is arguably the most efficient way to get to our holiday destination because it’s inexpensive (most of the time) and it’s fast. There’s no other form of transportation that will get us to where we want to be in a shorter time.
However, that doesn’t mean that taking a plane is the only way you should consider travelling. In fact, many people are more open to extending their journey as long as it adds value and unique experiences to their journey. As the saying goes; it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.
So to offer you some inspiration, we’re going to discuss a couple of different ideas to help you switch up your holiday travel routes.
Overnight train journeys can be eye-opening
One of the most unique ways to travel is to take an overnight train. Compared to a plane, trains can take a much longer time to reach their destination but they might be a little cheaper in some cases. You also have more limited routes due to the way trains work. However, one of the biggest benefits to an overnight train journey is the scenery and comfort that you get.
Many overnight trains have private rooms much like a hotel. These cost a little extra but they can give you a level of comfort and privacy that is very similar to a first-class ticket on a plane. In addition, the scenery you get to experience is definitely one of the highlights of an overnight train. Instead of looking out the window to see clouds, you’ll see unique landscapes and nature at its best.
Private flights are a great alternative to regular flights
A private flight is a fantastic way to arrive at your destination feeling pampered and refreshed. It’s like a first-class seat, only you have the entire plane to yourself in most cases.
However, it’s understandably a bit too expensive for most people. But that’s where an empty leg can come in handy. But what is a private jet empty leg? It’s essentially a flight that pilots have to make to return their aircraft to their base of operations. For example, if someone flies one-way to a destination, the pilot will take them there then return on their own. This is known as an “empty leg”. You can get on an empty leg private flight and save approximately 75% on the cost of a regular charter, making it surprisingly affordable.
Road trips are a lot of work, but it makes the journey worth it
Road trips are considered to be holidays or breaks on their own. In most cases, a road trip involves driving to a specific destination and then staying there for a while. This can involve camping, staying at different motels or even sleeping in your car. It’s a lot more work than getting on a plane or train since you need to drive yourself, but the journey more than makes up for the work involved.
Road trips allow you to travel with friends and family members in a more private and close-knit environment. You can chat more openly since there’s nobody else around, you can take scenic routes to your destination, and you can stop to take a break whenever you want to. It gives you a surprising amount of freedom and the journey can be made easier if you swap drivers now and then.
Be resourceful going from A to B
Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous then why not explore some of the top backpacking destinations? Holiday travel usually involves taking the shortest route from point A to B, but if you’re resourceful then you can take many different kinds of transportation and experience a lot of unique things along the way. Whether it’s asking locals about buses and trains or travelling alongside commuters going to work, it’s an entirely different experience when you backpack.
This can be a little daunting for people new to backpacking so it’s always a good idea to ensure you have some kind of WiFi or data connection to look on Google Maps or ask for help. You want to practice safety first, so always have some kind of backup plan should you get lost. You also want to have a phrasebook, translator or dictionary to help you communicate with locals if you’re in a country that doesn’t speak your main language.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums