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Modes of Travel History

November 12th, 2014

Modes of Transportation

Modes of Travel

For many thousands of years humans traveled by land on animals. Horses, burros, donkeys, camels and elephants all helped mankind to get from one place to another.

 

Animals were also used to haul everything from personal belongings to water to manufactured products. Of course, in some places of the world that is still true today.
Early ocean explorers made small boats from the skins of animals, particularly leather and other hides, stretching the skin across the frame of their boats. More advanced manufacturing saw wood and later, iron, being used for bolts, pulleys and bracing.
Evidence shows that Viking explorers entered the St. Laurence Seaway and navigated its tributaries as far westward as they were able to explore, actually making it as far into the central United States as Minnesota.
By the 1400’s many nations had developed seaworthy craft capable of crossing entire oceans. American schoolchildren learn about Christopher Columbus exploring the Caribbean in the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. It’s astonishing to consider that the smallest of these ships was more like a boat, since it had a deck that was only 50 feet long!
As for air travel, early scientists like Archimedes watched birds fly and attempted to emulate them with gliders that a man could strap onto his back and launch himself from a high place. History records that these experiments didn’t go too well, but it was a start.
But the 1700’s lighter-than-air craft in the form of large balloons propelled into the sky by heaters to warm the air inside the balloon became common place.
As the air inside the balloon was warmed, it expanded and lowered the atmospheric pressure inside the balloon until the higher, normal outside air pressure literally pushed the balloon up into the sky.
Hot air balloons can be seen to this day flying all over the world in climates where the air is calm, a classic example of technology that is hundreds of years old and still perfectly usable.
The hot air balloon led to the development of the dirigible which utilizes light gases contained inside a fixed-frame, enclosed compartment to provide powerful lift. The use of hydrogen gas, the lightest of all naturally occurring elements, was discontinued after the tragic Hindenburg catastrophe in 1937. Since that day helium has largely been used.
Even today, dirigibles powered by propellers are used by the military and major civilian contractors to lift extremely heavy items such as trucks, tanks and even steel girders and transport them safely over large distances.
By the beginning of the 1900’s, tinkerers around the world were experimenting with heavier-than-air flight in the form of airplanes with fixed wings. The problem they faced was that gasoline engines of the day were very heavy for the relatively modest amount of horsepower produced.
The Wright Brothers went into the history books as having achieved the first powered flight in 1903. Interestingly, that entire flight from takeoff to landing could be contained inside the cargo area of a modern military ‘heavy’ transport plane.
Commercial aviation was soon to follow when the postal service began making use of airplanes to deliver mail, especially in areas not easily accessible by road. By the 1930’s an entire industry was born with commercial aircraft regularly servicing passenger routes between major cities.
In 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, flying from New York to Paris in 33-1/2 hours. Transatlantic commercial air travel was soon to follow.
It was around the turn of the same century, the early 1900’s, that the automobile made its emergence. The earliest motor vehicles borrowed their designs from the locomotives of the day and burned coal to boil water into steam and drive a small turbine to generate power. Later steam driven automobiles burned gasoline to boil fluids and generate steam.
The Stanley Steamer was one of the first commercially successful steam driven motor cars. According to Wikipedia, “A Stanley Steamer set the world record for the fastest mile in an automobile (28.2 seconds) in 1906.”
Remarkably, Wikipedia also adds that “The record for steam-powered automobiles was not broken until 2009,” a full 103 years later!
As soon as the automobile became available, immediately it began being used for commercial purposes, such as trucks, buses and taxicabs that could turn a profit for their owners. From the taxicab it was a short hop to the first limousine.
The concept of chauffeured travel dates back many hundreds of years. It was once the common practice of the driver of a carriage drawn by a team of horses to place some hot coals into a small warming pot that was placed on the floor of the passenger compartment to keep the traveler’s feet warm, and to provide some general overall warmth.
The French verb to warm or heat is ‘chauffeur’. Now you know why limousine drivers the world over are know as chauffeurs.
Today’s limousine is a very different creature from the horse drawn carriage. Modern limousines offer every imaginable creature comfort, from luxurious glove leather seats, to wet bars, to flat screen TVs and state-of-the-art surround sound music systems.
The limousine today is arguably the most elegant possible form of commercial ground transportation, and is available on a rental basis to any customer who chooses to rent one, whether for an hour or an entire day.
Individuals rent limos for a wide range of uses, from traveling to a party, a wedding, a funeral, a sporting event, a music concert, the airport, or just for fun sightseeing.
Limousines come in all colors and designs from executive sedans to the impossibly long super stretch that can accommodate parties of twenty people or greater. There is nothing like pulling up in a super sleek, luxury stretch limousine to turn heads and elicit an ‘awesome!’ response.
From high speed powered catamarans that can achieve speeds over the water of 70 miles per hour, to luxury passenger aircraft cruising at 550 miles per hour, to the modern elegant limousine that can cruise down the highway as smooth as silk, causing hardly a ripple in a glass of champagne, mankind continues to refine all of the various modes of ocean, air and land transportation through continuous advances in technology.
One day soon we’ll have to add travel to luxury tourist destinations on the Moon to this list.
18Oct/140

Finding Local Transportation

October 18th, 2014

Travel Savvy Nice - Finding Local Travel

Finding local transportation can be difficult because there are so many options, and when we’re traveling it’s easy to spend extra money on unnecessary costs. I wanted to put together an article to help my viewers find reliable services for finding rental car and transportation services no matter where they are in the world.

One of the most overlooked services that you will find is a car sharing service that offers large group transportation for a fraction of the cost of typical companies. How the system works is by offering you transport to and from the airport with a group of passengers, and each passenger will only pay a couple dollars each. The downfall of a service like this is that if your hotel is far from the airport, then you may get dropped off last. The benefits are obvious, but being able to spend a few bucks to get yourself to and from the airport is a great deal, especially for a far off hotel.

There is always a taxi but the problem with taxis comes in the numbers. For instance, the security of taxis is questioned by a number of vacationers, and nobody really knows if their getting cheated on the price of transportation. Most of the time, you don’t speak the language of the country your visiting which ends up costing you money. In the event you do speak the same language, it’s possible to still be cheated by the driver as he/she takes alternate routes that cost you more money.

A favorite transportation service of mine is a limousine or town car rental service because the safety is never questioned, and you feel safe and secure in the limo. On top of that, you have a choice of what transportation you choose which can range from a 2 seater Mercedes or even a 20 passenger stretch bus. Many times people think that the cost of such limo services will be over the top but you can find high quality transportation for less than you would ever imagine. Of course, there are seasonal promotions so you wont want to forget to ask about those!

Lastly, there’s the bus. Many people will be hesitant to use the bus depending on where their traveling, but the bus can be a an inexpensive way to get around for super cheap. Be sure to ask your hotel staff or information desk at the airport about the safety of the area and the buses before you hop on, but most of the time you wouldn’t believe how safe the city buses really are.

Those are a few of my top sources of transportation when your on your next vacation and a few tips before you jump in head first. Getting around safely and with little cost is a lot easier than most people think, so use these tips to save yourself some cash.

18Aug/140

Travel Savvy Nice

August 18th, 2014

Welcome to the Travel Savvy Nice Blog

Travel Savvy Nice

Here at Travelsavvy-nice.com you will find travel tips to help you in planning your next outing, overseas trip or vacation. Our goal is to bring you information to help aid in planning a stress free trip. Today there are number of places you can travel to, but knowing where to go, how to get there, what to do once you are there and who to contact if something goes wrong is where we come in.

We offer travel advice and tips for destinations around the world. Below are just a few things you can expect to get from our blog:

  • Travel destinations – Learn the best places to eat, live and shop while you are away on your vacation.  We will also discuss the do’s and don’ts while you are in another country.
  • Travel accommodations – We discuss hotels you should stay at and what prices you should pay while you are there.
  • Means if travel – How will you get to your destination?  While you are there how will you get around?  No worries let us help you plan the best means of travel.
  • Travel cuisine – I know you want to know the best places to eat and the places to avoid.  Well our travel bloggers will give you this information.
  • Travel etiquette – If you are going to a place you have never been before, then check out our etiquette section where you can learn the customs of your destination city and what is the proper protocol you should follow while there.
  • Travel – Yes did we mention we handle all things travel?  We have all areas of travel covered, so if it has to deal with travel, start your research with us.

Travel is our business, so we are here to make sure your needs are handled. We go the extra mile to know the things you may not think about so you can be prepared. We want to help you save money so you can spend more money and time with the ones you love. We know you work hard and our job is to make sure you play hard. You only get so much time off a year and when you do, we want to make sure to maximize the pleasure you have while you are on your vacation time.

Whether you are traveling by plane, train, automobile, or boat, we know the best deals out there and we want to help bring them to you. Want to rental a limousine and have a nice night out on the town with your loved ones? Do you want to try that new dish at the restaurant you heard about on television? Well whatever your travel needs, we have the information to make that trip memorable.

So why Travelsavvy-nice.com?

Well because we care about the experience you have, and it is our goal to make sure you get the best possible information to make most of your trip and the time you have away.   Bookmark this site so when you plan your next trip we can help make it one of a lifetime.

Travel savvy-nice, is not just our name but our motto to make sure our knowhow creates a wonderful travel experience.

Thanks you for visiting our site,
The Travelsavvy-nice Staff

18Aug/140

5 Tips for Choosing a Great Hotel

August 18th, 2014

Hotel Tips

When you pick the right hotel, this can make an average stay exceptional. At the same time when you pick a bad hotel it can make an okay trip, terrible. Hotels are the place you lay your head for the night and relax after a long day of exploration. If you don’t do your research correctly, this can make or break a trip. The 5 tips below will help you make better choices in the future so you can have great vacations.

 

  1. As with most items you buy, comparison shopping is the way to go.  With the number of websites available today there should not be a reason for you to research the different hotels and room rates available.  You can find the best prices this way and learn more about the hotel where you plan to stay.
  2. You can never be too cautious at a hotel.  Even if it is a name brand hotel you have to take safety precautions to make sure you are covered.  When you arrive at a new hotel you should always look at the exit map and know how to get out of the hotel in case of an emergency.  Knowing where the nearby exits are is a good practice to start.
  3. If you tend to stay at a certain hotel continuously you should take part in their rewards program.  Every major hotel chain has one and if you find yourself coming back to this chain often you will be able to save money over the long run.  Also as a member you get special perks after a certain amount of hotel stays.
  4. If you like to plan ahead this is one of the best ways to get a good deal on a hotel stay.  Especially if your dates are flexible you can talk with several hotels to see when they have special deals going on.  Hotels like to keep their rooms occupied and if you can plan your trip around their down time and during the week, then you have a great chance to get some of their better rates.
  5. Hotels tend to overbook, especially the big chains, so it is a good idea to give them a call a day or two ahead of your trip to ensure your reservations are still in place.  There has been many times when people booked a hotel, but due to a computer glitch the reservations were changed or not made.  This is something many people fail to do, and this one tip can save you a lot of stress and money in the long run.

The tips above should help you plan a better trip and have less worries while traveling. We all know one overbooked room, untidy accommodations, or noisy neighbors and ruin an otherwise great trip. By doing a little research ahead of time and making sure you have taken care of the small things prior to your trip, can make your vacation one to remember.

14Aug/141

7 International Travel Tips You Need To Know

August 14th, 2014
7 International Travel Tips

Travel Tips for the International Traveler

Traveling abroad is a great way to see new places, explore new areas and experience new things. This can be both fun and educational. The problem comes when you are not prepared for travel abroad and you have to spend time correcting mistakes you should have planned for in advance, thereby limiting the time you spend having fun at your desired location.

The purpose of this article is to help you better prepare for travel abroad, and the 7 steps below should help you do just that.

  1. Before traveling abroad research the type of power supplies used at your anticipated destination.  Americans tend to overlook the fact that other countries may not have the 110V outlet you are familiar with and forget to buy a converter.  So make sure you know the type of converter you need before traveling abroad.
  2. Purchase a travel set of toiletries for your travel abroad.  Oftentimes there are certain types of toothpaste, mouth washes or other items that you need for your personal hygiene that might not be available in the country you are traveling to.  So plan to buy what you need to use during the trip that you cannot survive without.
  3. Do not over pack for your trip.  Most likely while you are in another country you will want to bring back some type of souvenir from your trip.  So make sure you have room to bring these items back with you.
  4. When in another country make sure you understand how their transportation system works.  In the United States most people travel by car or bus locally, and occasionally by rental car or taxi.  In other countries public transportation may be the best means of getting around, and you should know how their system works so you can better navigate the area.
  5. Even though you might have been saving a while for your trip and you want to maximize your spending money for adventures and sight-seeing, make sure you have not skimped on the accommodations.  When you go cheap on hotel stays, you have to remember that may place you in an undesirable area with shady people.  You would be better spending a little extra money for that piece of mind knowing you are in a nice area that is probably safer.
  6. Check all national holidays for the destination you are going to.  The country you plan to visit might not have similar holiday schedules to that of the U.S. and you want to make sure you are not traveling at a time of the year when you might have a hard time getting around due to local parades, finding good places to eat due to restaurant’s closing for the holidays or limiting what you can do while you are there.
  7. Contact bloggers that have been to the place you plan to visit.  You might be surprised at the information you can learn from them that can save you time and money.  They often know the best places to eat that are not on the list of tourist sites, and places you need to visit that may not be on your list.  Most bloggers would be happy to speak with you about their travels and offer advice that can help you have a better time.

These are just a few tips that can help make your travel abroad a little less stress free and more enjoyable. Remember research is the key to be prepared for anything that may come your way, but remember to have a good time and make your time abroad memorable.