Major Forms of Transportation in Travel & Tourism

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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

In this lesson, you'll learn how people get around to various destinations and activities when they go traveling and touring. You'll also discover how travelers can use several different modes of transportation.

Travel Transportation

When people travel, they don't always take their own car. Sometimes they choose an alternate form of transportation. This might be because the destination is far away or because it's just easier to travel via a different form of transportation. For example, Christy lives in America but wants to go visit Europe. It wouldn't be feasible for her to take her car since she would have to drive it over the ocean. No, it's better for her to go by airplane since that's the easiest and quickest way for her to get from America to Europe. Once she gets to Europe, she may use several different forms of transportation to get around. These could include a car and even a boat depending on what activities and destinations she's planned.


Airplanes are one major form of transportation for travelers and tourists. An airplane is a powered flying vessel with wings. Some are small and seat just a few people, while others are very big and can seat several hundred passengers.

There are several major airlines that fly to and from various cities. Some fly within a particular country, while others take travelers from one country to another. Airplanes can fly over land or water. Besides an airplane, people can also take a helicopter for shorter trips around town.

Air travel is the ideal choice of transportation for travelers who want a quick trip to their destination. These travelers may not particularly care for road trips, may want to get to their destination quickly, or may consider air travel the most practical and convenient choice. For Christy, the airplane is the practical and convenient choice for traveling from America to Europe.


Travelers who do enjoy road trips can take an automobile, such as a car or passenger van, to get to their destination. Some people take their own automobiles, while others rent one to save on the wear and tear of their own. Some people choose to hook up a travel trailer to their automobile. This travel trailer is almost like a mini home with a bed, a mini bathroom, and a mini kitchen.

Automobiles work well for travelers who enjoy the journey to their destination as much as the destination itself and can be ideal for travel to locations that are relatively close to home. Automobiles are also necessary for some lands if travelers want to get around the town by themselves. Once Christy lands in Europe, she decides to rent a car so she can drive around Europe and explore the country.

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