How Do People Travel? - Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Every day, people all over the world travel thousands of miles. In this lesson, explore the different ways people have traveled in the past as well as how people go great distances today.

Let's Go!

Let's say you want to visit your best friend. Sounds great! But wait, your best friend moved and now lives on the other side of the country. How will you get there? Today, people can travel in many different ways to cross great distances. It wasn't always so easy, but thanks to inventors and technology, travel has become faster and more efficient.

Historic Ways to Travel

Hundreds of years ago, if you wanted to leave your house and go to town, you might need to rest up a bit--a trip into town might take you all day or longer! Most people walked to their destinations (a destination is the place you're trying to get to on your trip). But people also used animals to travel. Horses were trained to carry riders and eventually pull wagons and carriages. A carriage, also called a buggy, is a vehicle like a wagon.

In either case, it was a bumpy ride, and you would have crossed your fingers that the weather would be nice for your travels.

Covered wagons and horses were once a common way to travel.
covered wagon and horse

Thankfully, faster and more efficient ways to travel have since been created. Railroads, cars and planes all became replacements for the old horse and buggy. These inventions changed our world, because now people can travel quickly and learn about different places and cultures!

City Travel

All across the country, many people travel daily in some form of automobile. This is partly thanks to Henry Ford, who helped make the automobile affordable back in the 1900s. You might jump in the car with your mom to go to soccer practice, or a big yellow bus might pick you up in the morning and take you to school.

People sometimes travel differently in big cities. In places like New York City and Chicago, it's common for people to travel on a subway. This is an underground train system that can move quickly without traffic. Above ground, you'll see city dwellers walking, riding bicycles and taking taxi cabs to get from one place to another.

A subway offers quick transportation for people living in big cities.
Subway train

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