How to travel the world

Travelling the world is a luxury and privilege few get to do, let alone on their own terms. There are many ways to do it given the modern marvels of transportation and technology, combined with the efficiency of online communication. Data can be obtained instantly from anywhere, helping plot our course or change it accordingly.

Some methods of travel will be harder than others, of course, and for various reasons.

Air travel

The obvious way to travel is with planes. These days, planes are some of the safest forms of travel we’ve created. This hasn’t eliminated crashes, of course, but these events are rare. Indeed, you’re more likely to suffer from numerous other unfortunate occurrences than plane disasters. As The Telegraph highlights:

“According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the fatality rate per billion kilometres travelled by plane is 0.003. That compares to 0.27 by rail, 2.57 by car, and 106.67 by motorbike. It adds that there is one fatality for every 287m passengers carried by UK airlines. By way of comparison, the chances of being struck by lightning are 19 million to 1, it claims.

Planes are faster, safer and more comfortable than ever. The only issue, of course, is tickets tend to be expensive. Furthermore, you don’t have control of passenger flights. Some places don’t have airports or may be completely inaccessible by plane.

By sea

Everyday you can find an article about a boating trip around the world, whether it’s in races or the result of wealthy people’s retirement dreams. This shouldn’t stop us, though. You can take a competent crew course, RYA radio course and all manner of training to get up to speed (excuse the pun).

As the Guardian highlights, you can travel the world if you find the right opening. Simply look for an opening as a crew member. Most often, you should be provided necessary provisions, though some might expect you to find your own way in that regard.

“Some crew members receive recompense for their work on board; this could be in the form of a free trip, a return ticket home, or a bonus on completion of the voyage.

This means you get to travel the world for minimal cost and as part of a crew.

Of course, you could fork out a great deal of money to be a passenger. In either case, travelling by sea is limited to where you can dock. Some cities are very much landlocked, meaning you will still need to step onto land.


This seems the least likely option for most, considering the cost of fuel, wear and tear on vehicles and the amount of time it takes to drive. Of course, with your own vehicle, you have more freedom and can travel wherever you want. However, it’s also more dangerous than flying and significantly slower.

However, if having total control over your movements is key, then the BBC has collected a number of suggested vehicle options to use. Indeed, this is the other factor: whether you even have the best vehicle to travel in. Unlike planes or boats, you still need to get hold of the actual vehicle itself to use it, since you’ll be the one in control (assuming you don’t own either a plane or a boat of some kind).


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