A guest blog by James.
I have done quite a bit of traveling. I have traveled with my family, via buses, and airplanes. With each form of transportation there are negatives, and positives. These are my personal experiences.
Traveling with family by car or SUV. We love it, and we hate it. On the plus side we make memories that last a lifetime with stories to share around the table for years to come. You might finally have time to finish that bold you have e been waiting to finish. On the other hand you have the stress of everyone being together for long periods of time. Soon begins the nit picking, the being uncomfortable in your seat, and possibly smaller children being....children "Nananananana I'm not touching you!" (pointing finger at sister or brother about a centimeter from their face or body). There is even car sickness which is never enjoyable. There are also break downs. I mean they are cars, and they break down. It is a good idea to have supplies in case of an emergency: (Extra food, clothing, blankets, water, and a first aid kit for all of your vehicles).
The bus is another form of transportation that inhale used quite a few times. Greyhound is the main bus company across the US. Some of the disadvantages or traveling by bus is the amount of room in your seat. Much like a plane there is very minimal seat room which can make for an uncomfortable situation sitting next to someone who may not smell the best or snores. A second disadvantage much like flying is the issue of crying children. I get it....kids cry, but a crying child is the last thing you want to hear when you have fifteen hours between stations, and the child cries for five of those hours. Plainly stated it is just unenjoyable. Several times traveling by bus we were rerouted for construction reasons or delays due to maintenance. One of the draw backs of travel in by bus us not having the ability to shower. You can go 2 days traveling without showering, and little other than a sponge bath. The best parts for me about traveling across country by bus is that I got to stop in many places I otherwise never would have seen, and got to see the scenery along the way. Traveling by bus is also a relatively affordable way to travel.
Lastly planes. Nowadays planes are the way to go. You can make a journey from place to place in a matter of just a few hours. Depending on which airline you fly, and the time of year traveling by plane can be quite expensive, but still convenient. As I said before it is usually a snug fit with the amount of travelers on planes, and the screaming baby can be an issue if you don't have an MP3 player to listen to as well. One of the biggest disadvantages to flying are the constant weather delays. This past May on our way through Denver we had a slight unexpected delay due to rain, but made it to Philly safe, and sound.
I can honestly say that traveling by plane would be my preference regardless of the tight leg room, and crazy traveling heights. However, traveling in other ways has given me an appreciation for scenery, and each memory I have made.
In the end nothing fits the good, the bad, and the ugly better than travel, and these are my experiences.
What is your worst travel experience? Let us know in the comments below!