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Travel services enable us to get from A to B in this world, providing travel systems and networks that enable accessibility to some of the most remote destinations on the planet. The three main ways of travelling are by land, sea and air. Overland travel offers more options such as rail travel, travel by coach or even car hire. Sea would involve embarking on a ferry journey and obviously airplanes would be the transport mode to take you through the air to your destination.

Rail travel is a reliable option for overland travel. Some countries have extensive, hi-speed rail networks while others offer just a skeleton service represented by just a few slow locomotive engines. Rail passes can be purchased for this type of travel and can often save you money. Within Europe's well-serviced rail hub, it is possible to save a lot of money with a rail pass that allows you to traverse several different countries within a short space of time. National rail companies operate out of all the major European capitals with good connections along the most popular routes. The most elite rail journey has to be on aboard the Orient Express Train, once given the title 'Train of Kings' or 'King of Trains�. It was established by the Belgian George Nagelmakers who created the original Orient Express route from Paris to Constantinople, now known as Istanbul. The time taken to complete this journey was 81 hours and 41 minutes. The Orient was branded as a first class train with gourmet food and a certain romantic appeal. Nowadays you'll not find the Orient Express operating that legendary route but on the London to Venice route instead. The train takes 30 hours to complete this service.

Extensive bus networks operate the main highways of the world and are a hassle-free option as, unlike rail travel where you might be required to change trains at some stage of the journey, most buses go direct to the final destination. Large companies hold big monopolies on certain routes for example Eurolines operate many of the European routes, Greyhound throughout the United States and both Greyhound and Macffertys within Australia.

Travel by sea is very popular, particularly for those who live on island masses and especially for those who do not enjoy flying huge distances. Ferries simply convey passengers across the water whereas the traditional cruise liner will take passengers on a tour of the ocean, stopping at several ports of call along the way. Passengers are sometimes able to undertake these long journeys at night by sleeping onboard in a cabin, waking up the next day at the chosen destination. The Queen Elizabeth or QEII is the ultimate stylish cruise ferry that was built in the 1960s to serve routes across the Atlantic Ocean from the United Kingdom to the United States of America. It truly is a huge ship with excellent facilities spread over twelve decks such as a theatre, shops, bars, restaurants plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The QEII is really for those who do not want to fly long distance and also for those who wish to appreciate the sheer scale of the distance between two destinations that are far apart.

The air travel industry has come on in leaps and bounds in the past twenty years. It now possible to take off in London and end up in Bangkok in 13 hours, New York in 5 hours and Amsterdam in 45 minutes. Many different airlines have emerged in recent years and now almost every country has a national airline operating routes to and from its capital city's airport. All airlines have economy class as well as the luxury of 1st or business class. There are also a number of budget airlines who operate with low overheads. The result is a cheap airline fare although you are never allowed to amend the ticket and no refund will be issued if you cancel. The airline is also at liberty to cancel if there are insufficient numbers to fly and are not obliged to pay compensation to booked passengers in doing so, unlike a standard airline.

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