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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Here are my thoughts:

I hate flying. There are many reasons for it - it's one of the most damaging forms of travel that we do, plummeting to your death is more probable the more you fly, it's long, it's boring, take-offs & landings are not fun.

So in regards to all of the above I am trying to find new ways to get around. Trains & buses are good for on land, but I haven't found a good way to cross the oceans yet. There are cargo-ships and cruises but what else is there, if anything? Does anyone know of any good ways to get across the Atlantic by ship/boat/freighter/inner-tube? (Canada to Europe preferably)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Hot air balloon?? (Contact Sir Richard Branson for more details.)

Wait, does that constitute flying??? It wouldn't be boring and it definitely has a comparatively low impact on the environment than does a jet. Granted, no in flight meals that you haven't prepared yourself, but what an adventure!! (I hear lentils don't need refrigeration.) ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 6, 2007, at 1:26 PM by Isadora ]

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Haha, thanks Isa! That's not a bade idea. But I'm afraid Richard Branson and I had a bit of a falling out after I accused him of stealing my wallet.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Hey B - do you have any sailing experience? (I don't mean the little "sail around the lake" boats you can rent when at the beach.) If so, crewing may be an option. Crew Places lists openings available. If you are really interested, the American Sail Training Association will teach you to crew tallships and they do trans-Atlantic crossings. Though I wasn't able to find the Canadian equivalent, I would assume Canada also has a sailing association. (Just a thought...)

(Well, I'll just have a talk with Richard about that stolen wallet next time we visit Nekker Island.)

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

How about rowing?

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

I've thought a lot a bout crewing tall-ships and that really sounds amazing and I would love to do that. The training is really pricey though - too pricey for me right now. If I could pay to just be a passenger on a tall ship that would be what I could afford right now I think.

Rowing sounds fun too.. haha but I was thinking passenger.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y


Or maybe join a mirgating flock of birds.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

are both of those a type of flying Tway?

9. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 8y

Saw an ad for a documentary on a undersea trans atlantic train that someones building at the min, if u can wait 50 years or so you could take that...

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

and under sea trans atlantic train?... that sounds wicked! I would take that in a second. I will go in 50 years on that - in the mean time I'll search for a ship

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