On most trips and holidays, you often take the simplest form of transport. This is usually a flight, connecting you via airports. It’s efficient and serves the purpose well, but it’s not the only option.
For the more adventurous, you should consider other options. Whether it’s making the most of public transport or taking your own vehicle to explore the country, there are more options. Not only do these reward you with an entirely different experience, you might also save money too.
First of all, let's discuss the merits of using your own transport. The clear advantage is that it gives you much more control. With your own vehicle, you get to go where you want when you want. This is a freedom other transportation seldom affords; even on public transport, you're limited to where the bus or train goes and how frequently each respective service is running.
Of course, the next question is deciding on what form of transport to take. The car is the typical option, but it is small with limited storage space. On many larger trips, this will be a serious problem.
On the other hand, the campervan has many benefits going for it. Not least of all, the ability to sleep in it cuts down on accommodation costs. It’s suitable in a variety of roles, such as camping trips, or simply exploring the country with the kids. Having your bed with you is an excellent backup plan. Additionally, campervans aren't that expensive, with reliable and affordable van hire insurance to support them as well. So, if you have such a vehicle and want to make more use of it, now's your chance.
If you don't want to drive throughout your holidays and trips, which is perfectly understandable as it can often be tiring, you do have the option of public transport. Most countries have excellent transport links, with rail travel often being cheaper in Europe than in England.
That being said, you are still at the mercy of another public system. When travelling to major cities, this isn't a problem, but if you wish to move outside this you are limited to whatever train and bus routes are actually available. Compared to driving your own vehicle, you are suddenly limited in your freedom of choice when relying on public transport.
On the positive side of things, it can be cheap if you manage the costs right. This isn't easy, but overlooking all your options taking the cheapest might save a small amount. Likewise, you also only spend as much as you travel. If you hire a vehicle, for instance, and then don't drive it, it can be considered a waste of money. With public transport links, you only really pay for the actual travelling that you do.
In summary, this a quick way to look at your travel options, breaking them down into two rough categories. Hopefully this should show you the benefits of each, and help you in making a preference.