Welcome to part 3 of the Weekend Traveller series, a fortnightly segment where I share tips and strategies for travelling during the weekend so you can travel more without using your work leave.
Last week, we talked about deciding which places to go for the weekend. Today, we will learn the pros and cons of different transportations for your weekend trip.
For long distances, planes are your best bet but the ticket prices can be quite expensive if you do not do a lot of planning. I usually buy my air tickets for budget airlines about 6 months in advance when there is a sale. I try not to buy full price tickets because it’s not worth the money.
Pros of planes for weekend travel:
- Comfortable (compared to 6 hours of bus or train)
- Not affected by traffic jam
Cons of planes for weekend travel:
- Expensive ticket price [Solution: Buy tickets only during promo periods, do not buy luggage for budget flights.]
- Terrible arrival/departure timings [Solution: Check other airlines or skip the destination]
If you have good train connections to the places you want to visit, taking the train might be a good option. I love taking night trains because I save on the cost of a night’s accommodation.
Pros of trains for weekend travel:
- Relatively cheap prices (at least in Malaysia)
- Not affected by traffic jams on the road
- Trains with bunks==better sleep
Cons of trains for weekend travel:
- Limited tickets for weekend travel [Solution: Buy your tickets in advance]
- Shaky train, snoring passengers==not enough sleep [Solution: Sleeping pills? Deal with it.]
I put night bus instead of I figure that you will need night buses for long distance travels.
Pros of buses for weekend travel:
Cons of night buses for weekend travel:
Bad sleep [Solution: Even I cannot solve this. I just suck it up]
Affected by traffic jams [I was once 5 hours late because of a massive jam. Lesson learned: Take the train ]
My mom and I had a mini road trip to the most northern part of Borneo island [LINK: Kudat Marina]. I would choose trains and buses over driving for a weekend trip because it’s more tiring. But if the place you are going to doesn’t have good
Pros of driving for weekend travel:
- You have a car to drive around
Cons of driving for weekend travel:
- Driving is quite tiring, especially for long hours
If you’re planning an island getaway for the weekend, taking a boat is probably your only choice so I won’t go into the pros and cons.
I haven’t been on any island trips for the weekend but the planning process should be the same: pick a nearby place and a good package so you don’t spend too much money.
Check out the rest of the series:
Part 1: Pros & cons of weekend travel
Part 2: Where to go for Weekend Travel?
Part 3: Choosing transportation for weekend travel
Part 4: Travel planning for weekend trips
Part 5: Make your own travel guide for a weekend trip
Part 6: How to pack for a weekend trip
Part 7: How to use Foursquare to plan a day’s travel
Part 8: Why a weekend trip is the best time to start solo travelling
Part 9: I’m going to Melaka for a weekend trip