Get Off The Plane: Other Ways To Explore America

America is a huge country – Texas alone is the size of most of Europe – and there is too much to see in a single trip. Unfortunately, most people restrict their exploration of this vast country because, although traveling by plane covers a lot of distance, it can get expensive flying from one state to another. Fortunately, there are ways to travel that are easier on your budget, and let you see more of the country. Get off the planes and try these different methods of travel.

By Train

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Few people know that you can travel around the whole country by rail with a train pass from Amtrak.com. Amtrak offers USA Rail Passes for 15-day, 30-day or 45-day trips. If you’re savvy about using public transport in each stop on your tour, they’re an affordable way to see the country. The most scenic route is the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, which is one of world’s greatest train journeys. In around 48 hours you will cross the farmlands of Nebraska, scale the Rockies beyond Denver while you eat egg & bacon for breakfast in the diner, snake through rocky river valleys in Colorado and pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.

By Boat

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You might not believe it, but there are some fantastic things to see along the coastline of the country. You can plan your perfect trip around the coast by buying a boat with help from boatfinancing.co, or you could get some friends together and split the cost of hiring a chartered boat for the duration of your travels. If you’re charting the course, you have full control over where you go, and how long you stay there. Alternatively, there are some amazing cruises that let you see more of the country; cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, or the Caribbean are popular, but you can also dock in New York or New Orleans. Not to mention the cruise itself has a lot on entertainment and activities on board, so you never feel bored while you’re traveling.

By Road

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The American road trip has been a popular genre in literature, and it features many coming of age stories, Unfortunately, some of the best routes have been forgotten in favor of the interstate or flying. It’s time to bring back this mode of travel and explore parts of the country you might never have seen before. When you’re planning your road trip, you can schedule as many pit stops as you want, change your route whenever you’re bored, and stay in a single place for as long as you like. The beauty of a road trip is that you can dance to the beat of your own drum. Just make sure you stay safe on the road.

If you don’t feel like driving, you can also take the bus. Book the Great American Crossing tour, and you’ll experience New York, Detroit, Mount Rushmore, and many more cities over the course of 21 days.

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Why There Is No Substitute To Travelling By Boat

Owning and using your own boat to travel is one of life’s true pleasures. Plus it’s something that not all that many people do. Boating gives you ultimate freedom and allows you to travel to a wide variety of destinations. This post will argue why the best way to travel is by boat. It might not be the fastest mode of transport, but it’s certainly the best.

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The Social Life

Sailing the lonely seas might not sound like the ideal way to get your social life moving, but you’d be surprised. Boating tends to be a tight knit community. And many sailors love sailing because they get to build new relationships with new people. If you have your own boat, invite others along for the adventure. If you are travelling on other people’s boats, get to know the other people on board. Before you know it you’ll be exchanging stories like old friends and having a whale of a time.

The Freedom

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If you want to travel to another country, you usually have to go through an airport. And if one thing is true about airports today, it’s that they don’t affirm your sense of personal liberty.

Travelling by boat couldn’t be more different. First off, border guards tend to be a lot more relaxed. But more than that, you get to experience the freedom of the open seas. On the water, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want and not fear about trespassing on private property.

It’s Cheap

Though it’s not true that buying a boat is cheap, travelling by one is. That’s because you’re not burning a mountain of fuel every second like you are on a plane. When people find out about ferry prices, they usually end up chuckling to themselves about how inexpensive it is. But if you’re travelling the world, you can actually do it even cheaper by hitching rides with cargo ships and feluccas.

Before you go out on a trip, make sure that everything is in good working order. Ask trusted boat electrical systems specialists to make sure the electrical systems are in good working order. Hiring a tugboat is an expensive way to end a trip.

It’s Exciting

Most forms of transport feel rather safe and clinical. Trains are silky smooth and travelling by aeroplane is about as boring as it gets. Not so travelling by boat. Travelling by boat still evokes the spirit of Christopher Columbus, exploring uncharted territory. You never know when land will suddenly appear on the horizon or when you might find an island full of buried treasure. Well, perhaps that last point was a little over the top: but you get what I mean. Boating is about adventure as much as it is about getting from point A to point B.

It’s Leisurely

When travelling by boat, you get time to think and watch the world go by. Some people might see that as a negative. But that’s essentially what boating is all about. It’s harkening back to an earlier time, less obsessed with efficiency.

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