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Old 07-23-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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It depends on the trip. I can't stand to be in a car for more than 6 hours in a day. It's honestly not my preference. If I'm in no hurry, I might take the train. But honestly, I prefer to fly.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:41 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I usually take Amtrak because we are close to the station (13 miles) and If I travel alone the coach ticket is cheaper than the gas I use when I drive.

Going to Fl soon, get on train at 10:30 PM wake up at 7:00 am in Fl. $60. senior rate.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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How far am I going? If I'm going to California from Florida, plane is the only reasonable option. I've driven, I've taken a bus, I won't do the latter ever again and won't do the car route until I am retired.

If I'm going 1-6 hours, car is usually the quickest and I don't have to rent one. Exception might be a business meeting in Atlanta where there is a colleague to pick me up.

In Europe I like the high speed rail for many trips--London to Paris on the Eurostar can't be beat for example.

Bottom line, bus is a no-go, US based rail (other than the NE Corridor) is a last resort, plane and car are the best. I also like cruising as an option every few years. It's a great way to see a lot of coastal Europe which can be difficult to get to via other options.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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Public Transport in the UK is crowded, overpriced and usually unhygienic, only go there if you've got no other option.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:51 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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We have I-40 memorized. Yes we have traveled the entire route from Wilmington, N. C. to the end in California, I think. We traveled on to Ventura, California from there.

Coming back home we saw a sign at the other end telling us how many miles it was to Wilmington but we were driving too fast to get a picture.
We have been to the Canadian Border in Vermont. Traveled through New Hampshire and crossed over into Maine.

We have been south to Key West then traveled to New Orleans and San Antonio. Another trip took us I-20 by Dallas and on to San Diego.

We just have the Northwest states to go and will probably do that next year.

I like to go when I want to go and stop when I want to stop so it is traveling by car for me.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:55 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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Drove with my parents (well they did, because I was only 11 at the time) to Hollywood, Fl from Cleveland, OH 25 straight hours back in 1984 when my great uncle passed away. Honestly, I loved every minute of it. Back in the 90s with my parents drove back from Tampa, FL to Cleveland, OH in 18 hours. My step dad did Georgia from border to border in 5 1/2 hours! Yeah.... he was hauling a**!

My wife sadly is not a fan of road trips. Back in 01 we went to see our friends in NY (they live outside of NYC) and as soon as we crossed the Ohio border into PA, she fell asleep. My son claims he doesn't like the idea of road trips, but the furthest he has been is PA. Well, I guess we'll find out in a few weeks, because we are going with my buddy and his son up to NY in the middle of nowhere, and it is about a 6 hour trip.

One day I want to see all of the states, and that would be driving. IMO there is no better way to see the country, and can only help your sense of direction and familiarizing yourself with different locations.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:58 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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We have I-40 memorized. Yes we have traveled the entire route from Wilmington, N. C. to the end in California, I think. We traveled on to Ventura, California from there.

Coming back home we saw a sign at the other end telling us how many miles it was to Wilmington but we were driving too fast to get a picture.
We have been to the Canadian Border in Vermont. Traveled through New Hampshire and crossed over into Maine.

We have been south to Key West then traveled to New Orleans and San Antonio. Another trip took us I-20 by Dallas and on to San Diego.

We just have the Northwest states to go and will probably do that next year.

I like to go when I want to go and stop when I want to stop so it is traveling by car for me.

Been to Florida, the Carolinas, and New England as a kid. With those Florida trips I pretty much had I-75 from Kentucky through Florida memorized as well. As someone now with my own family, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Just have to be able to afford it first, as well as get the time off.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:23 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I've travel by train and loved it from Kansas City to New York City. You see all the small towns it is absolutely lovely!!
If you've got the time then yes, absolutely, travel by train can be the best way to go. I can still remember a trip decades ago with my long since deceased father in a bubble car through Wyoming at night with the most spectacular lightning storm I've ever experienced. I've traveled that route through the Sierras, to the Great Plains. And as a college kid did the Eurail thing three summers all over Europe. It's a fabulous way to travel.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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I enjoy road trips by vehicle. Just completed a 4,200 mile round trip journey this past July 4th week. Was great and refreshing.

Puts things into perspective. After driving 14 hours, seeing a sign that says next city 150 miles you think "oh that's not so bad, only 2 hours from here"

Plane only for convenience and quick getaways
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: sumter
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No you aren't.. Just got back from a 5 hr road trip where my husband drove 80mph down steep grades and I was a nervous wreck...HE has made me hate road trips....and if I drive, he bit(hes the whole time...I'd rather fly....
Lol, I can imagine, but you did made it home safe though.
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