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11. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

What are your thoughts? Do you have a preferred way to travel, or have you encountered instances where your way of doing things was in complete contrast with your travel companion's?

My preferred way to travel is by bearer....six Amazon type women carrying the couch I'm sitting on........

But since that rarely happens, I like to drive in the countryside and walk or cab-and-walk in the city. Unless it's Montreal, then it seems to be required that one walks to Hell and back. Or was that just Mont Royal.....and no Sherpas to help out....

Driving in the countryside gives one more freedom to NOT plan anything (except stopping for gas)....your schedule is yours....you can go for as long as you please. And generally, rural areas don't have a well-built transportation infrastructure, so driving makes more sense. In cities, I've always found it best to drive TO the cities, then get out and either walk or taxi/bus/metro it.

I'm fortunate that my only travelling companion looks and sounds exactly like me...........or at the very least, thinks like me............I think she'd want bearers too.....

12. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I try and walk as much as possible. When I am in a city, I walk if I can, and then the back up is public transit of some sort. (Last Sunday I walked 22km from my apartment in Toronto to the edge of the city - long walk. I took the bus and subway back. Phew, it was hot...)

Of course, walking doesn't work for long distances between cities. Actually, it could work, but it would take a lot longer.

The form of transportation has actually ended up depending on where I am. In North America, I have tended to end up driving simply because of the lack of decent bus or train options. I do take the train between Toronto and Montreal, and am doing the train from Newark to Boston this weekend. But out in California or in the mid-west or west, that's not really an option. If you want to get anywhere, it's via car.

In other places, I have tended to public transit, either because it was much easier or because I was afraid of driving in a strange place. It's generally worked out, though as my 8 day Moscow - Beijing almost straight train trip proved, it can get very, very tiring. After a while on trains or buses, I started to feel very out of control and antsy. Probably just too long to spend couped up. In a car, at least, you can stop and look around. But I probably would have been as antsy driving from Paris to Hong Kong (if roads existed for such a thing).

I'll probably post again on Monday. A few weekends ago I took a road trip via car from Newark to Washington, D.C., about 5 hours driving. It was very cool, and I quite enjoyed it (even if I did just end up parking the car in Washington and not using it in the city for 2 days). This weekend I'm taking the train from Newark up to Boston - a similar distance, but using the different mode of transportation. It'll make an interesting comparison I am sure.

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

My preferred way to travel is by bearer....six Amazon type women carrying the couch I'm sitting on........

But since that rarely happens, I like to drive in the countryside and walk or cab-and-walk in the city. Unless it's Montreal, then it seems to be required that one walks to Hell and back. Or was that just Mont Royal.....and no Sherpas to help out....

Driving in the countryside gives one more freedom to NOT plan anything (except stopping for gas)....your schedule is yours....you can go for as long as you please. And generally, rural areas don't have a well-built transportation infrastructure, so driving makes more sense. In cities, I've always found it best to drive TO the cities, then get out and either walk or taxi/bus/metro it.

I'm fortunate that my only travelling companion looks and sounds exactly like me...........or at the very least, thinks like me............I think she'd want bearers too.....

Bearers good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll take six, please - and a bartender!! ;)

And, I agree with the modes of transportation. Cars are good for getting from town to town, especially when other transportation is limited. Some towns and cities are so spread out that getting about in them almost requires a car. For those that don't, public transportation and walking is the most fun. Though, I haven't done it in awhile, I still love taking the EL/subway in Chicago.

Next visit to Montreal - Beerman and I will meet you at the top of Mt. Royal with refreshments. Flip-flops are not hiking attire and I love my flip-flops.

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