Anyone who knows me will know that I am petrified of flying, I have such an irrational fear. This can be a huge problem as I love to travel, to combat this I do take prescribed medication for journeys. Added to this my new menopausal anxieties, travel is becoming an even bigger challenge for me. With these factors in mind I decided to look at other modes of travel.
Flying isn’t the only way to get around the world. Here are several other modes of travel that could give you a whole new experience.
Go on a cruise
A cruise is a fantastic way to see the world. You can visit multiple destinations whilst enjoying the comfort of going back to the same room each night, saving you the hassle of packing and unpacking. There are new cruise ships constantly being built such as this Iona cruise ship that are practically floating cities with numerous bars, restaurants, shops and pools to choose from. There are also smaller ships for those that want a more intimate cruise. Ocean cruises travel via the sea stopping at ports along the way, whilst river cruises stop at cities and give you the chance to explore in-land. All in all, there’s a lot of variety to cruises, allowing you to plan your travel around your personal preferences.
Take a train ride
It’s also possible to travel the world by train. Inter railing is one way of doing this – you can buy a pass that allows you to hop on board multiple trains and set your route. This mode of travel can be a little too rugged for some people’s liking (you’ll have to carry your luggage around with you at all times). That said, there are luxurious transcontinental trains out there with sleeping cabins inspired by the likes of the Orient Express – these can be fairly expensive but could offer a unique and cosy experience.
Go on a roadtrip
Another option could be to travel by road. By driving your own vehicle, you get to choose your very own route. You could even consider buying or renting a camper van for the occasion to save money on accommodation. A larger vehicle such as a campervan might also give you the option to bring more belongings with you. Whilst roadtrips offer the most freedom to choose where you go, there are extra costs to consider such as fuel, road tolls, vignettes and parking fees. You also need to be aware of the rules of the country you’re driving in, which can vary across the world.
Take a coach trip
A coach trip could be an exciting way of travelling by road in which the itinerary is already planned out for you. Coach trip companies such as Shearings offer a variety of coach trip routes to choose from – in some cases you may even arrange accommodation along the way. These trips can be great for those that like the idea of a driving holiday but don’t want the hassle of having to drive oneself. They can also be great opportunities for meeting new people.