By rail, car, sea or air, here’s how I travel my way

 By rail, car, sea or air

I love to travel and discovering beautiful countries via rail, car, sea and by air offering distinct advantages and enjoyment from each mode of transportation. When you travel with each transport method you get a different way of viewing a particular place. Sometimes it may be very brief because of the speed of your transportation. Other times, you may get more time, flexibility and  opportunity to capture something unique and inspiring from your observations and creativity.

I’m entering a photo contest called Travel Your Way, being sponsored by RhinoCarHire, showing your best photographs representing travel by rail, car, sea and air.  Below are some of my favorite shots from using these different modes of transport in  various places around the world. ( I’m looking forward to what you think of these images by making a comment below)


Mt. Fuji from a bullet train

Mt. Fuji from a bullet train

By Rail

By rail is one of my favorite ways to travel. It’s so nice to be able to have the freedom of walking around the cabins, use the  restrooms or even have an impromptu picnic. I love the compartments that let you open the windows low enough so you can actually take pictures without the glass. Above is a shot of Mt. Fuji while riding on the Shinkasen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya, Japan. Considering the dirty glass, the image still turned out okay don’t you think?



Kapoho Kalapana road

Kapoho Kalapana road via car

 Traveling by car

Traveling by car is so flexible especially inaccessible areas that have little or sporadic public service to smaller towns or sites make it attractive to use a car to go to these remote or less accessible areas. I also love having the flexibility of taking more time and stopping anywhere you choose along the route, you get to choose where and when you want to stop and take more time or go when you have seen it all. Above is a shot of the tree tunnels along the Puna coastline in East Hawaii island.



Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island

By Sea

Travelling by sea is a nice way to see the landscape and coastline from the water. You can a different view from the ocean and understand the relationship from water to coastline into the interior areas. Above is an image taken from the island of Miyajima accessible by regular ferries services less that an hour ride outside of Hiroshima proper. Itsukushima Shrine is the main floating shrine that is accessible by walkways at high tide, the main floating tori gate is accessible at low tide which people flock to and take pictures while playing in the tides and enjoying the day.


San Francisco Sunrise

San Francisco by air


By Air

Traveling by air brings you to so many far flung countries. I usually don’t try to take photographs in an airplane due the strange angles and small windows which make it difficult to take a photography. But having an opportunity to be up in a helicopter, I was able to take this magnificent shot of San Francisco.


So what is your favorite way to travel? Tell us in the comment section below or send an email!

This is our entry into the contest, Travel Your Way, being sponsored by RhinoCarHire. (click that link if you’d like to enter the contest yourself!) I’m inviting my travel blogger friends below to also join and tell us how they like to travel on their journeys.


Marcia Mayne – Inside Journeys

Mary Wong – Calculated Traveller

Amy Scot Lee – Club Narwhal

Suzanne Fluhr –Boomeresque

Billie Frank – Santa Fe Travellers


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20 Responses to By rail, car, sea or air, here’s how I travel my way

  1. Denise September 30, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    wow…the Torii gate photo is stunning

  2. June September 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Seeing the different perspectives is really neat, Noel. I have to say, Kapoho Kalapana is my favorite, but then I’m rather partial to Hawaii so my choice is a bit biased. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to visiting your space again.

  3. Mike September 10, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I love these blogs hops and getting to “visit with” my blogger friends each week. Yourself included, Noel! I opened up this post and saw the pics and got a big smile on my face. These are some of my favorite pictures to date of your’s sir! I would like to say I have one favorite….but this set it’s impossible for me to choose just one. I Subscribed to your blog btw…because you have really amp’d up my motivation the past months since I got into this “community” to take photos like you do. I’ve been posting a lot of pics on my Facebook page with my new Canon T3i. I also bought a 60MM Macro lens. So, more and more pics will be of much higher quality! Keep up the great work and I can’t wait for your next post. Oh, and thank you 🙂

    • Noel September 10, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      Aloha Mike,

      Thanks for connecting and the nice word, appreciate it. You know developing a voice on a blog is a journey and I’m trying to discover better ways to share and connect and seeing that you had made an effort to email is great appreciated. Love to see you dog posts, I can see you are a real dog lover, aloha….

  4. InsideJourneys September 9, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hey Noel, thanks for the nod. Will look through my photos and see what I can come up with. I love train travel, have been thinking of taking the Amtrak to Toronto- it’s great to see the leaves turn the closer north you go.

    You’ve got some shots here (as usual).

  5. Susan September 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Your photographs are absolutely wonderful!

  6. Amy September 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Beautiful through your lens!

  7. Penny Sadler September 7, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Lovely photos Noel. I love trains, but they have obvious limitations. 🙂

  8. Patti September 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Beautiful photos, thanks for linking up!

  9. Neva Fels September 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I’m so very envious of your picture of San Francisco. I hope to see it in that light some day.

  10. santafetraveler September 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Great photos as always. Makes me want to get our and travel!

  11. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) September 6, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Beautiful photos, as usual, Noel. I will look through mine and see what I can find. Thinking about it, I realize I enjoy all modes of travel, but especially ones where I can leave the driving to someone else while I sit back, look out the window and enjoy the view.

    • Noel September 6, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      No pressure Suzanne, you are not obligated to doing this, only thought since you already started edited for another contest you might already have more in mind..have a nice weekend.

  12. Jo Carroll September 6, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    They all have their pros and cons – but I’ve probably had most adventures in a tuk tuk.

    • Noel September 6, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      yes travel by tuk tuk is an eye opening experience especially in very crowded traffic conditions…yikes!

  13. NinaOhman September 6, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    I traveled 4 24 years, therefore I am satisfied but it is true, plains 4 no pleasure soaks, I am now focus on moving 2 my own home back paradise home and not the nasty weather here in Canada with the pollution killing me, I want 2 be by the contains and lakes or ocean, what do you recommend? I am a citizen of this planet and money soon won’t be a problem 4 me because I am wiping out evil from earth, money and shit won’t exist anymore, trade of goods and services will be the new law 4 life.

  14. Irene September 6, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    These pictures so capture the beauty of travel. Glad you did’t include a picture of an airline gate during rush hour:-)

    • Noel September 6, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      thanks for connecting and commenting Irene…its fun trying different modes of transportation and getting the experience…photographing them is another challenge – have a nice weekend.

  15. Harsha September 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I love travelling by roads.. 🙂

    • Noel September 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      I do to, its more flexible especially if you see something worthwhile and spending more time, thanks for connecting.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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