Our Desire To Travel Whatever the Cost
In the wake of the Malaysian MH17 incident, many watched the pictures of the same flight number taking off a mere 24 hours later. With extraordinary facts that a plane from the same airline went missing just 4 months ago and yet unseen, gives some insight to the lengths we will go to get from a to B. Flying is still the safest way to travel and it is worth considering, that if the same efforts had been made in the early years of motoring, to identify reasons for (RTA’s) road traffic accidents, our 4 wheel daily ride may be something completely different to what we drive now.
Costs Of flying Much Cheaper
The facts are travelling is now an integral part of our lives rather than a luxury we do may do now and again. We can fly to European destination cheaper than the taxi ride to get to the airport, or even the parking charges, which seem to have increased at the same level flight costs have gone down.
But driving is still the main mode of traveling, even to European destinations. Gone are the days where a 70,000, miles on the clock vehicle was seen as high mileage. A well maintained engine can handle several times that, just ask the taxi drivers. In Southern Spain, the area is littered with 15 year old small hatchbacks, that still seem to make the journey between the UK and the sun. Start looking for larger models, like Vectra and Mondeo.s and they are everywhere.
Accessible And Affordable
I was picked up to go to a race meeting a few weeks ago in a 22 year old Nissan Primera, and if it weren’t for the number plate and an old fashioned dashboard, I wouldn’t have known on ride and noise quality only.
We take these things for granted, something my parents did not. Yes there were the same modes of transport as they are now, but they were just not as accessible as they are now. We can complain about road tax or petrol costs, but the reality is, it is more affordable than ever to get from A to B, either flying or in your own vehicle. It’s no longer a luxury, and often a necessity.
As I write this and we think of the 298 who died in Malaysian MH17, we know that it will not stop us getting on planes or committing to future travel and nor should it.