This morning I awoke with a spontaneously fiery ambition to travel. I wanted to experiment with the nifty new camera I’d received as a gift at Christmas but the area I live in is grey and monotonous so I decided that I wanted to embark on a train journey to the wild Highlands of Scotland and capture some of the rustic winter landscapes. However, after researching train times and fares on my phone, I realised that my wallet capacity and the amount of daylight in these winter months would make it impossible. Train fares to travel up North towards the Highlands exceeded £100 and the journey would last over three hours. Oh well, it was back to the Flix of the Net for the day.
Everyone’s life goal should be to travel the world, and then fall in love. A lifetime is squandered for every human that decides to reside, whether out of choice or not, in the same location they were born in, and then make it worse by not falling in love with the girl next door. It should be a human right to travel, but first, we need to invent a cheaper, faster and more advanced method of doing so to make every inch of the planet more accessible to the world than it currently is. Instead of constructing bombs, guns and other weaponry designed to blow our own species into smithereens, top scientists from around the world should embark on a new project – making a trip around the world cost less than a week’s wage, instant, and easily accessible to anyone born on this planet.
Planes suck. They’re loud, expensive, energy inefficient (they use energy) and any more than an hour of travel time is not what I would define in any way as quick. It’s 2014, and even though we’ve fired people to the moon and inhabited a planet exclusively with robots, it still takes a commercial plane over nineteen hours to travel from North America to Australia – Why so slow? To put it simply, we need to conquer the technology we currently have on Earth before we bite off more than we can chew by attempting to grow lettuce on Mars, . If leading scientists and engineers from every nation on the planet were to work and thrive on one singular project simultaneously, we could literally accomplish anything – it’s just too bad we’re still bickering over that one black resource and making films about assassinating each other’s leaders to even care.
The fastest most common method of travel is by air (including the hot air balloon), with 2.5 billion people taking to the skies in various different aircrafts every year, and less than that number touching back down again in one piece, it would seem. The average person will spend years on a plane, devouring commercial food and inhaling the trapped gases of those who ate it while they were waiting an extra four hours for their delayed flight at the airport. I’m starting to ponder whether or not the plane is the most plausible method of continental travel, and whether or not there may potentially be a more efficient and less toxic way of darting around the globe. Planes are far too complicated, and with complication comes a heap of errors and a lot of silly people – so why haven’t we developed a more simplistic, efficient method of travel? I think I’m onto something here…
…The sky railway – you heard it from me first. The sky railway, an idea that could potentially be the most barbarically cunning or thunderously stupid idea I’ve ever come up with (I’m not sure yet), would fundamentally be a thick metal railway in the shape of an upside down smiley face that would connect two destinations together with the pushing of a few colourful buttons and a high-speed roller-coaster-styled bus. Passengers would assemble onto the bus of currently unspecified materials (probably metal with glass) attached to the metal railway and glide at scorching speeds into the air until the gradient of the railway hit its plateau and the bus full of bewildered passengers would rocket in a straight line until the line descended down to their predetermined destination. The only reasonable flaw I can contemplate with this simple (genius?) new concept of travel is that after years of its advancement into society, it may begin to obstruct the view of the sky, and ruin our view of the moon. But aside from that, I can’t see why this couldn’t be the solution for a cheaper, safer, and faster method of travel. I’m sure we’ll have invented see-through metal by that point anyway.
The core problem with ground transport is that it can never take the fastest route. Train tracks and roads must bend and divert around hills, buildings and rough terrain while air transport is unprecedentedly direct. But air travel is generally only useful over a long distance due to limitations on landing zones. The sky railway however, could be a useful method of transport for long and short-term commutes. Trips to work, school or even your local shop could be made instant by simply waiting a few moments at a sky railway bus stop and then zooming up and off into a perfectly straight line for a few seconds towards the business meeting you otherwise thought you were going to be late for.
The world is already instantly connected through the invention of the internet, but what humanity needs is a physical connection between every town, country and continent. The idea of a sky railway is merely a shower thought at this moment in time, but who knows what ideas and concepts humanity will implement into the world over the next century. Travel can only inevitably get faster and more efficient, but regardless of what new form of travel we implement into the world, it needs to connect people – and not through social networking sites.