What has been your longest journey without flying on a plane?

@maximax8 (28490)
United Kingdom
July 19, 2009 11:32am CST
I live in Europe so many countries are near the one that I live in. I have traveled by train from Ostend in Belgium to Vienna in Austria and then straight on to Budapest in Hungary. It took one night and half a day. Another long train trip that I have done was Cairns to Brisbane which was 35 hours. Distances are long in Australia. I did have to fly in order to get to Australia though. Where could you reach traveling using transport like trains, buses and ferries? Which is the furthest distance you could travel to?
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
19 Jul 09
My longest journey was from Florida to California and back and was done in our minivan a few years ago. This is from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast of the United States. It was about 2700 miles in each direction and took us about 4 days driving in each direction. We had to stop to stay at hotels along the way and eat too. It was with 3 small children so that was a job in itself. Really, we have done this trip via airplane and it is SO MUCH shorter and more enjoyable. Sure the airfare is expensive but we don't put wear and tear on our car, we don't have to buy gasoline, or stay at a hotel, or eat at restaurants on the way. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
29 Jul 09
hi maximax, my longest travel with out the flight is from Kadapa to Ahmedabad train journey takes more than 36 hrs and from Kadapa to New Delhi will take me 48 hrs long and bore journey without friends ...have a nice day
• Indonesia
29 Jul 09
my longest trip was traveled by car and ferries from java island (west java) to riau island in sumatera it was 38 hours long journey and i really enjoy the travel along with my brother,trough the view of sumatara's forrest, the mountain and during the trip i see the sumatera tiger which now almost extinct. if i had the chance i really want to do it again.
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I spent almost 24 hours on a bus trip one time in my life. it was from Chattanooga TN in the USA to San Antioino TX in the USA. This trip I took on the bus was about 20 years ago. this trip relatited to time spent in the Millitary.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Other than when I was on a cruise, the furthest I traveled not being on a plane was driving from Maryland to Colorado - that's about 2,000 miles. It took 2 days if you hardly stop, but it's really a 3-day drive. I've probably done that about 6 or 7 times.
• India
23 Jul 09
I once travelled from Jammu(India) to Kanyakumari by train, which is located on the southern tip of India. The train journey was long and was scheduled to take 72 hours to finish. But unfortunately, there were 2 major accidents on the way, which delayed the train's arrrival in Kanyakumari by 26 hours. SO the total time that i was travelling in that train to Kanyakumati was nearly 100 hours. Although i have taken many more journies, but that journey still seems the longest and the most tiring to me.
• India
23 Jul 09
In our India , we have all big train routes. I have travelled no. of times in these routes. from Ahmedabad to Chennai it takes 36 hours in train. 48 hours in reaching varanasi. It takes nearly 3 full days and two nights in reaching there. The train then becomes our house for that particular time.
22 Jul 09
A few years back when I was with an ex, I went with her family on holiday to Italy. We left the UK at about 4 in the morning and drove to a small town near Venice, reaching there about 8 oclock at night. I was actually asleep for the part of the journey which went through France and as that is the only time I have been in France I can't remember a thing of it, lol. It did convince me that although you see a lot more by driving places, the exhaustion of being in a car for that long is not good for you.
• United States
21 Jul 09
I live in the US, and I drove from Alaska to Utah. I took us 5 days, as we were in the northern part of Alaska, and drove through Canada, dropped into Washington and then made our way to Utah. It was such a long drive, but we had so much fun. I drove in my car, and did not need a bus, ferry, train, or airplane. One day I would love to drive to the East Coast, I think it would be a lot of fun.
• India
21 Jul 09
My longest train was an unexpected one. I was on my Honeymoon trip to Puri. The journey was expected to last 30 hours by train. The journey went on smoothly. However, on the State Border of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, just before Orissa., the train stopped. It didn't budge for 6 hours. No one seemed to know what happened. The Train had stopped on a non-descript station without any food and even Water!! and most importantly without even a single person on the Railway Platform. To my bad luck, in the coach I was travelling, expect for my wife and myself, there was no one!!! Just imagine the situation, on your first trip with your wife, to a new unknown place, struck in a non-descript station, with not a soul to explain the situation, what do you expect to do........ Thankfully, to my pleasant surprise, the Train Driver himself came towards my coach and I asked him as to what happened. He explained, that due to some political problem, there is a Bundh in Orissa and the train will not go further to avoid Trouble. Again, thankfully, I had some ready to eat products with me and myself and my wife muched them. With no one in Coach, we should have in normal circumstances should have had a Great time, but the situation we were in, and the hot summer weather did not make things quite well. Ultimately, after 6-7 hours, the train started moving, albiet slowly. Timewise, I have been on longer journeys, but because of the Mental fatigue I went through, this Journey seemed and even now seems, the longest journey I have made.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
20 Jul 09
well, I live in the center of the country (the U.S.) and I've been on trips with my parents that took us from Austin (our home) to New Jersey and back - and after checking in 2007, turned out to be around 1500 miles. I've also been from Victoria B.C. to Austin (with stays in Pasco WA and Durango CO.) I think the NJ trip was probably the longest, but we did some stopping on the way to see things too, can't do that kind of trip straight through with little kids. Heck, we stopped on the other trip too. These were all car rides. I can't say I drove up to Victoria B.C. all the way, because I flew from Austin to Durango to meet my mom in the first place, but then we drove up to Yellow Stone and toured the park for a day before continuing.
@check23 (448)
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
When i was in college, we had a trip to Ilocos Norte, which is a province here in the Philippines. It took 10 hours for us to get there by bus. It's very tiring even though we were just sitting but the long trip was worth it. The place is very beautiful and really relaxing. We stayed at a very nice 5 star hotel for 3days and the foods were very delicious and tasty that you will really ask for more. I miss that day and i hope i can go there again with my family for a vacation.
• India
20 Jul 09
well,i travelled locally in india once for 30 hrs in the train. it is quite a difficult thing to do.in the onward journey, i did not even carry any book and it was very difficult to kill time. however, in the return journey, i got myself a good book and it helped me get through the journey.
@mapuang (612)
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
i live here in the philippines. the longest i travel so far is 18 hours its by land and we use our van. its Bulacan to Bicol.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
20 Jul 09
I live in Spain, but still return to England a couple of times a year. We have a motorhome, and last year we drove from the Costa Blanca, along the coast of Spain, then up through the middle of France to Cherbourg, meeting with friends in motorhomes on the way. The journey was about 1400 miles, which we spread over 5 or 6 days. In September, we're travelling from England to Munich for the Oktoberfest, again in the motorhome, then we'll carry on to the Costa Blanca, a total journey of about 2,500 miles. We'll spread the travelling and staying over about 3 weeks. Modern motorhomes just eat up the miles, and you can make a comfort stop whenever you need to. It's a great way to travel.
@angime (87)
20 Jul 09
Hi! i am in Philippines, I have travelled by ship for 22hrs to visit my family from cebu to Luzon and forth. It's the cheapest way.
20 Jul 09
I lived for a while in Canada, where i lived the closest town was a hours drive. If you wanted to go clothes shopping people used to drive 7 hours to get to the large shopping centres. We frequently travlled dorn into america.
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Back when I lived in Europe (Denmark) the longest trip I'd been on was a car trip from Copenhagen to Malaga, in the south of Spain-- that was about 2500km. I now live in the US; my longest trip here (also by car) has been driving (several times) between Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon, which is about 1700 miles (or roughly 2750km. I now live in Seattle... the longest drive I suppose I could take would be to Key West, Florida... about 3500 miles (or about 5600km)...before I'd fall into the water.
• United States
19 Jul 09
I am in the U.S. I have traveled from west Texas to northern California and from west Texas to Salt Lake City Utah, both of these trips took the same amount of time:27 hours. Recently we went in the other direction and went to Washington D.C., it was a little farther to go but since we did not make it in one straight drive I cannot give you the exact hours. My gues is that we spent about 30 hours on the road. I love to travel with my husband by car
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
19 Jul 09
I live in Denmark and I have just returned from a trip to Lithuania and Latvia. Instead of flying my husband and I chose to go by train and bus. Flying is much faster, but going by trains and buses are less expensive, and that is why we chose that option. We went by train from Odense to Fredericia (Denmark) and from Fredericia to Hamburg in Germany. After that we went by bus from Hamburg to Berlin, from Berlin to Kaunas and from Kaunas to Vilnius in Lithuania. It took 32 hours to get to our destination, we saved a lot of money and we also got the chance to see some of Germany and some of Poland, but it was quite hard and we didn't sleep much on the bus. I would like to visit the baltic countries again one day, but next time I hope to go by car instead of trains and buses