WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL?

The daily commute—sometimes infuriating, always mundane—often makes us forget that journeys are capable of sending us into transports of delight. As Robert Louis Stevenson said, "I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move." But how? Over the next two weeks we will be publishing the opinions of six writers answering our latest Big Question: "What’s the best way to travel?"

But now we would like you to make your own choices—either by voting for one of the six suggestions, or by making a suggestion of your own.

Colin Thubron, the travel writer and president of the Royal Society of Literature, chooses to travel by foot. The unhurried pace of walking, he writes, "seems to free the mind”.

When it comes to the politics of transport, Emma Duncan, the deputy editor of The Economist, argues that the bicycle, embodying "both liberty and equality", transcends the left-right divide.

The biographer Richard Holmes takes an "insane" delight in traveling from A to B (or, more often than not, X) via a hot-air balloon. "Actually travelling aboard them I find little short of a visionary experience."

Joanna Kavenna, one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013, prefers to lose herself skiing in the still, snowy wilds of Norway’s forests. To ski overland is to catch “a glimpse, perhaps, of the sublime.”

“If you truly want to arrive somewhere, go there by sea,” writes the author Jonathan Raban. For him, sailing’s leisurely pace encourages a minute appreciation of new destinations.

The Africa editor of The Economist, Oliver August, says the bus is the best way “to cross an African border in a hurry.” Views are unrivalled, and the company is entertaining. "To go far, go together."

Which of these six modes of travel wins your vote? Have your say in our poll below, and let us know why you chose the one that you did. But if you think some other means of transport is superior—the train, plane, car, or motorbike say, or jet-skis, rollerblades, and skateboards—do please tell us why.

cycling
54% (169 votes)
walking
31% (96 votes)
sailing
4% (14 votes)
taking the bus
3% (10 votes)
overland skiing
2% (7 votes)
ballooning
1% (6 votes)
Automobile (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
on horseback (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
The best way to travel is in good company. (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
Hitchiking. You are free to make stops and glance at everything you want. you meet people. you hear and creat stories (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
ship (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
Convertible car with the top down. (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
train- for longer distances (Write in)
0% (1 vote)
Total votes: 309