Holidays can be a great excuse to get out and see the world, but does it really feel right to visit so many new places in the same old family car? Travel experts Compare and Choose have helped put together this list of the best alternative ways to travel on holiday, as well as some of the best ways to make sure they’re right for you.
Cruises can be a very relaxing experience for casual trips, but you won’t always get the freedom to explore the ports and stops you pass along the way. Hiring a boat gives you much more control over the journey and makes it much easier to visit everything you want to see at each destination.
The sailing itself doesn’t have to be the draw of the trip. Many people choose to use boats as a kind of ‘mobile cottage’ that they can bring around the coast, completely skipping the need to pay for hotels or safe storage during their trip.
Bicycles aren’t very convenient for long-distance trips since you can only carry so much per person, but they’re great for getting between towns and cities without a car, and much cheaper to hire.
If you’re sticking to a holiday budget or hoping to get some exercise during your trip, a cheap rental bike can be a useful tool that won’t take up space on the return trip home.
Bikes make it far easier to move around. They’ll usually be allowed through alleyways and pedestrian-only areas, cutting out a lot of travel time in big cities. Not only that, but some cities are so traffic-heavy that it’s faster to cycle than drive, especially during rush hours.
Trains are usually seen as an expensive choice, but they’re also one of the easiest ways to get directly to your next destination. There’s no other traffic, no chance of getting lost and plenty of signs to tell you where you are at each stop, making it ideal for situations where you’re trying to follow a strict schedule or plan.
If you aren’t in a hurry, steam trains can give you a much more scenic view of the countryside, often taking you past places that cars can even reach by road.
Taxis can be risky in certain parts of the world, but they’re also very rewarding if you get lucky. Unlike most other ways of travelling, you’ll be driven around by somebody with knowledge of the local area: they usually happily recommend tourist-friendly restaurants, bars and hotels, and most drivers would be happy to drop you off right outside any destination you want.
You don’t have to use them for the whole trip. Taxis can be a great way to get back to your hotel after a night exploring a foreign city and can be a great way to get introduced to the layout of a particular district or neighbourhood.
Campervans can seem like a budget option to tourists who prefer hotels and holiday houses, but they’re excellent for long-term holidays that involve a lot of travelling. You essentially have a small house in the back of your vehicle, which makes it much easier to take road trips and rural holidays across the countryside.
The extra room means that you can carry almost everything you need with you: you could even stash a few bikes on a roof rack to give you two ways of getting around the countryside. The more you bring from home, the less you’ll need to spend on necessities abroad, making them great for low cost holidays and budget vacations.