Not everyone likes to travel by plane. It might sound at odds with the growing number of destinations you can now get to by air, but if you dread the idea of being on a plane, rest assure you are not alone.
In fact, flying is one of the most common fears people have, and as many as 1 in 5 people in the UK will not travel on a plane because of their fear.
Although there are many potential causes for this phobia, one of the most frequently cited is concern for safety. Statistics don’t provide much comfort in this regard. There were 138 plane crashes in 2013 and 155 the year before.
But even if you are not worried about air safety, you might avoid air travel anyway for cost reasons or for more comfort. Let’s face it – having to pay extra to check in bags or change reservations is a pain. What’s worse is that you might not get much value for your money, especially if you are sat near inconsiderate passengers.
So, let’s look at the advantages of avoiding air travel – for example, you are more likely to have phone reception, which means you can stay in touch with loved ones and have an endless source of entertainment. You’re not totally cut off from the world, like you would be on a plane. You can also look up local restaurants and attractions from wherever you are. However, just bear in mind that you may incur hefty charges if you exceed your monthly data allowance from your network provider, or if you are transmitting data outside the UK. A quick tip for low cost internet access is to use a mobile broadband package from a provider like Mobi data. Click here to apply for Mobi-Data.co.uk’s free sim card. It can be used in 40 countries across the globe. As well as offering 100MB of complementary data, Mobi-Data are running a double data deal to reward customers who sign up for a three month contract.
With all that said, how can you plan your holiday, so that you minimise or avoid air travel? Here are some options you might like to consider:
Cruise ship holidays provide luxury and comfort. You can explore the ship and take part in quizzes, competitions, games and pool sports as well as other activities whilst on board. You can see many beautiful countries without jumping on a plane!
Boating holidays are suitable for those who just want to relax. Not just a popular European pursuit, it is enjoyed in exotic destinations such as India, Laos, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. You can often design your own itinerary – unlike on cruise ships, and many people enjoy this type of holiday around the globe.
Eurostar journeys will get you to European destinations quickly and comfortably. It takes just 2.5 hours to travel from London to Paris. Who needs aeroplanes when you have the eurostar?
Caravan holidays are great for those who wish to travel by land and are not in a hurry. You can stop as often as you like and explore towns along the way.
Trains and Coaches provide a low cost way to travel around the UK, as long as you don’t have too much luggage with you. They can be a great way to see the country and you might even choose to travel in first class for added luxury and space.
You don’t need to get on a plane to have a good holiday. Do some research on the above options and you might just find yourself a plane-free adventure this summer!