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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Air Travel on Your Journey: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Traveling is an activity you can experience in a lot of ways. Some people love traveling because they love to learn about other cultures. Others love the sights they see along the way. Whatever it is, you can find different experiences in traveling, even when you go to the same place. There is always something new to feel, see, and encounter!

Air Travel on your journey

One of the ways you could have different experiences in traveling is by choosing a different method of transportation. For example traveling overland will take a longer time than flying, but on the other hand, you could see and interact with lots of things and people when you go by land. You could maybe even visit some new, unplanned places you just found! What about traveling on air? What’s the good things we can have? And the disadvantages? What about the really ugly things? Let’s take a look!

The Good


1. Travel Far Away Fast

This is an obvious point that needs no explanation. You could travel thousands of kilometers in hours by air. By land you’ll need days for that.

2. Convenient and Easy Planning

Traveling by air is really easy in our modern, connected times. You could easily book flight tickets online meaning you won’t have to even get out of your house to plan your travel. Since the airlines will take care of almost everything, you’ll also need minimal planning when traveling by air. Contrast this with traveling on land, where you have to prepare your car, plan for fuel, etc. There’s a lot of things you won’t have to do when traveling by air!

The Bad


1. Airplanes Are (Usually) Cramped

While not true for all airlines and flights, usually airplanes are cramped. You’ll have to sit in a tiny space for hours, sometimes with lots of noise around. And you won’t have beautiful sights to see when you’re tired of sitting for hours. Moreover, you definitely can’t stop the airplane for a while to stretch your leg. Such a bummer!

2. Extra Costs

Flying on an airplane almost always entails extra costs. Sometimes you have to pay for checked bags, baggage, or other things. The fee structure is also not always obvious. Fortunately, some sites like Traveloka offers an everything-bundled service now.

If you book flight tickets online with Traveloka, you’ll only see the final price, without some extra costs. This feature saves you a lot of time and headache. For example, you could search for a flight from Medan to Jakarta on 23rd February 2015, and you’ll see a lot of airlines that offers flights for the day, like Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia with the bundled price there. Easy, huh?

The Ugly


Airports! Airports, most of the time, provides a bad experience while traveling. There’s a lot of waiting, crowds, and noises at the airport. These will make a lot of people uncomfortable. Most airports are also located quite far away from the city, complicating your travel plan as you have to account for the fee and time to get to the airport. A lot of people consider the airport as a drag when traveling because of these reasons.

That’s what we think is the good, the bad, and the ugly things when traveling on air. What do you guys think? Is there anything we missed about the good, the bad, and the ugly? Do tell us and share your thoughts with the other readers in the comments!



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