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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Being "travelists" who use wheely luggage and stay in hotels and rent cars, we are truly interested in reading your responses to the following question:

What motivates you to choose the mode of travel that you do?

(ie: packpacking, hitchiking, planes, trains, automobiles, everything else...)

2. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hey isadora!!
my mother and i have taken two summers now to travel with our bicycles... the first trip included parts of ireland, and the second trip included parts of Europe...
we flew our bicycles overseas with the airline company (they flew them for free!) and set up our bikes inside the airport, loaded our paniers and luggage onto the bikes, then set off to wherever we wanted!!
soooo to get back to the question... what motivated us? i think we wanted to just try something different and to get into better shape!! it was an amazing way to travel, because you could really get a feel for the countryside and see what the country was REALLY like... the hardest part of our trip was probably the mountainous regions! especially in switzerland... but trust me, that feeling of biking three or four hours just to reach the top of a mountain was so satisfying... and then of course, the next best thing was the downhill trip!! (which only took like 5 minutes!!)
its an exhilarating feeling!
Lauren

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y
  • money (how much of it I have / the exchange rate where I'm going)
  • variety (a plane again? a train maybe?)
  • what's available (I don't drive, so - what's available to get from a to b)
  • what the "inexpensive" places look like (I'll splurge if it means I get clean towels and won't see a cockroach)

Mostly money, though.

4. Posted by trvlmonger (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Money, adventure, and the freedom to do whatever one wants on any given day. No schedule to follow, also various forms of transportation are a great way to really see a culture. The backpack thing is simply out of convenience for me--no lugging it up the stairs, down cobblestone streets, etc...You can walk for miles, hands free, with a backpack! Mostly the adventurous thing, though.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Firstly, what's available

6. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Cos you never know what'll happen.

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

What motivates you to choose the mode of travel that you do?

Varies according to what I want to do! If I want to go biking-it depends on the distance. I wouldn't drive a 1000 miles to bike 100 miles. If I only have a 10 day vacation, I want to get there as soon as possible to start my vacation, so I usually fly. If it is only a weekend...my the drive IS the vacation...When I caught this travel bug...I started with what was closeest to me. It dawned on me that there were many thing 'next door' that I hadn't even seen/visited. :)

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Hmmm.

For me, Logistics plays a huge roll.

I don't fly. I do drive, but don't have my own car, and in addition tend to be doing lots of long distances, and alone, so driving not practical/cost effective. In addition i like to be able to talk to/meet people, work, have a beer or 19 and/or sleep when travelling, so driving is out.

After that it depends. It's no secret i rely hugely on trains and they are my main mode, but i also use ferries where possible, coaches/busses where it makes sense and depending on why i'm actually traveling, also quote a bit of hitchhiking.

I enjoy walking and do allot of cycling as well, but if i'm on a wlaking holiday, i will still use something else to get to where i will walk, and if i'm cycling, that's either the main reason for the holiday, or i use a different mode to get to a race/event.

What motivates you to choose the mode of travel that you do?
(ie: packpacking,

I wouldn't class packpacking [or even backpacking ;)] as a mode of travel. It's a style/way of thinking rather than mode to a point, and in virtually every possible instance, it involves other modes of transport as well.

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

I wouldn't class packpacking [or even backpacking ;)] as a mode of travel. It's a style/way of thinking rather than mode to a point, and in virtually every possible instance, it involves other modes of transport as well.

A) Thanks for correcting my "packpacking" to "backpacking"! That really is what I meant to type! ;)

Also, thanks for clarifying what I was having a hard time putting into the right words when I posted this. Ie: style vs. mode - we were actually looking for the answers to:

Why do you choose the style and mode of travel that you do? I hope that makes our question a little more clear now. We would like to know both very much.

Thanks!

10. Posted by chingv (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

The last few times I travelled on vacation, I tried to think about what I wanted to get out of the trip.

In Bangkok that meant staying at Suk 11 with the hostel crowd and eating street food with local Thai friends.

In Bali, we were celebrating so we splurged on a three-star hotel, upscale spa and a pricey dinner out.

Driving around northern Philippines was a road trip so we stayed wherever we found a good place and ate wherever we happened to be when we got hungry (including one roadside stand serving atrocious hamburgers, and one open-air restaurant in the old Spanish plaza that was quite good).

In Egypt, we were on our honeymoon so we went for a Nile cruise and guided tours.

So I guess you could say we choose the style and mode when we decide our destination. I know - this still doesn't answer your question of how! I think in the end we decided on a level of spending for each particular trip and that drove all the other choices.