It's Spring Break for ARCC students. We thought about how many ways there are to travel, and this is what we found:
Technically, the shortest flight in a commercial airplane takes 47 seconds. This is a small 'private' plane, and travels between two islands in Scotland: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/08/worlds-shortest-commercial-flight-is.html
In our area, a flight from Minneapolis to Milwaukee takes 53 minutes.On the other end of the spectrum, flying nonstop from Chicago to Hong Kong takes 15.5 hours.
Train: Here are some epic trips you can take in exotic countries; you'll have to take a plane to get there, however: http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/play/10-great-train-journeys-596056/
And a list of interesting train journeys in the U.S.: https://www.vacationsbyrail.com/united-states
Automobiles: It would cost you about $604.00 to drive your car from New York to Los Angeles based on 2774 miles, 25 miles per gallon, and gas costing $2.70 a gallon. This is just driving, not stopping to spend a night in a motel/hotel, and not for meals. It also doesn't factor in the chance you could have car trouble or a flat tire along the way. It would take roughly 42 hours to drive this trip.
Hot Air Balloon: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/06/20/8-amazing-hot-air-balloon-trips-in-us.html The pictures alone are breathtaking....
Bus: Maybe you'd rather keep your feet on the ground. Check to see where you can go by bus: https://www.greyhound.com/
Taxi: Want to go to the airport or get home from the airport? You can hire a taxi: http://www.airporttaximn.com/rates/
Limo: Feeling luxe? Hire a limo to take you there in style. http://www.limostar.com/
You can hire a Pedicab in New York City for $3-7 per minute...
Rickshaw: Read a blog about someone who 'hired' a rickshaw that took him a long way in insufferable heat and was paid $1.60 for that work. http://www.wanderingearl.com/how-much-would-you-pay-this-rickshaw-driver-india/
Ship: The cost of a 'luxury' cruise might be $500-$1,000, per person, but there's more expense than that. http://experience.usatoday.com/cruise/story/cruise-101/2013/05/06/cruise-costs/2139067/
Spaceship: $500 Million, but that probably includes freeze-dried stew and untethered drinks galore. Why so much? Because: It is rocket science.
This one costs $0, and depends solely (see what I did there) on your choice of footwear and how often you feel the need to replace it.