Modern life is impossible without travelling. To understand how true this is, you only have to go to a railway station, a port or an airport. There you will see hundreds of people hurrying to catch a plane, ship or plane, all wanting to go somewhere and get there as quickly as possible.
Of course the fastest way of travelling is by plane. With a modern air-liner you can now travel in one day to places which it took a month or more to get to a hundred years ago. All you have to do is to ring up the air-line booking – office, and they will send your ticket to your home. You can go to the airport in a bus, getting there just in time to hand in your luggage and board the plane. The seats on the plain are comfortable, and you can sit and read, look out the window, or sleep until you arrive at your airport. You can have breakfast in Moscow, dinner in London, Paris or Berlin, or supper in New York on the same day.
Travelling by train is slower than by plane but it also has
its advantages. You can see the country you are travelling through, and not only the clouds as when you are flying. Modern trains have very comfortable seats in all passenger carriages and there are sleeping-cars and dining-cars which make even the longest journey enjoyable.
Some people prefer to travel by ship when possible. There are large liners, holiday ships and river boats on board which you can visit different countries or parts of your own country. Ships are not so fast as trains or planes, but a sea voyage or a river trip is a very plesant way of spending a holiday.
Many people like to travel by car. The advantages of this way of spending a holiday are that you can make your own time-table, you don’t have to buy a ticket, and you’re not afraid you’ll miss your train. Besides, you can travel 3 or 4 hundred miles a day, just as you like. And then you can stop wherever you wish – where there is something interesting to see, at a good restaurant where you can enjoy a good meal or at a hotel to spend the night. That’s why travelling by car is popular for pleasure trips, while people usually take a train or plane when they’re travelling on business.