Transporting from one place to another is a major part of travel. Many transportation options are available, whether you’re traveling abroad or in the USA. It’s great to try new types of transportation while also trying to figure out how you get to your destination. It can work out sometimes, but other times it doesn’t. You should be open to new possibilities and keep going even if you lose your way.
While studying abroad in Copenhagen, I traveled around Europe during my semester. Combining my European experiences with my US travels, it was possible to compile a list of the top ten transportation options when traveling.
Walking is the simplest and cheapest way to get around. Walking is a great way to see many cities. You can see more of the city by walking on the streets than you would if you were riding in a taxi or a subway. Crosswalks are a good idea, but be aware of cars and bikes.
You can do a quick Google search to find out if your destination is biker-friendly. It’s much more fun than walking and quite a bit quicker than biking. Donkey Republic (major European Cities), CitiBike NYC, and Divvy Chicago will all have bike-sharing services. You can also take a bike tour around a city. Remember to rent your helmet!
Driving is a simple way to get around, whether you rent a car or drive yourself, ride-share apps, take a taxi, or rent a car. You may find yourself lost in large cities if you need to learn the area well enough to hop in an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. Another great way to travel is by road trip. Check out some of our previous BTB articles. They will give you tips and tricks on keeping fresh on the roads and ideas on how to get the most out of your vehicle.
It’s easy to travel by train to wherever you want to go. Trains are convenient and spacious, making it easy to commute to a new city or return to RIT after a break. If you’re going on a long journey, bring something to entertain you, such as music or a book. Many trains have WiFi and other commodities. On my daily commute to Copenhagen, one of my favorite things to do was watch the scenery outside my window. If a ticket inspector comes by, ensure your ticket is on hand.
You should remember some things, whether traveling on a bus or charter bus around the country. Public transportation always requires cash or coins on board to pay for your ticket (credit cards are rare). You can also hit the stop button to signal the driver that you want to get off. If you’re taking a chartered bus, make sure you arrive on time. Double-check to ensure you get on the correct one. Another way to explore a city is by hop-on, hop-off buses. You must attend them, so be on time and keep your schedule handy.
Many cities offer boats as part of their public transportation system. This mode of transportation offers a unique perspective of the city, from large ferries to small boat tours. It is well worth looking into. You can take a ferry ride from one country to another in Europe, a unique and exciting alternative to flying. Check out boat tours if the city you are visiting is near water. A boat tour or a sailing trip is a great way to learn more about the area and take amazing photos. It’s also a great way to have a lot of fun.
Metro/subway can save you time and help you avoid walking. Before you jump on the metro/subway, look at the map to determine which direction to follow. With Google and other mapping apps, most systems are simple to follow. Be alert, especially in crowded areas, to remember when to get off and return. It is easy to miss your stop on the subway.
8. Tramways by Aerial
This is a great way to enjoy the views if you are willing to take on your fear of heights or love the idea of being at the top of mountains. There are many sizes of aerial tramways, which can fit a handful to a hundred people. These are fun and exciting ways to fly up to a mountain. The aerial tramways offer a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding terrain. Although it may be expensive, the views will be well worth it.
Flying is an excellent way to travel to major cities and begin your journey. Flying is a fast way to get from one place to another. It’s also the most versatile mode of transportation. You should bring snacks and a neck pillow. There is always something to do, no matter how far you fly. You can find some tips and tricks to help you survive long flights in a previous BTB article.
Funiculars are a great alternative to aerial tramways. These railways make use of cable traction to travel up and down steeply inclined slopes and move cars up and over mountains and hills. It’s also technically constant on the ground, just at an angle. This makes it ideal for people who are afraid of heights. It allows you to avoid climbing up a steep hill and gives you a unique advantage in the city. The cars often overlook the city giving riders a fantastic view.
View from a funicular in Bergen, Norway
This list includes the best modes of transportation. Another great tip is to check out weekend/short-term public transportation passes in your area. You can save money by purchasing packages or discounts in many cities. You can even get a tourist card in some cities that allows you to use public transport and receive discounted admission to museums.
It’s a great way to learn new things about a place and change your travel habits. It all depends on your location, your personal preferences, and what kind of experience you want. Try as many options as possible during your travel adventures. Don’t knock it till you try it!