These days, there are just so many ways to travel the world. Back then all we had was our feet. Over time, we figured out how to domesticate horses, carve out canoes and other wooden boats, use carriages- and eventually we moved on to automobiles, trains, airplanes, and ships. We didn’t just use these inventions for travel, but also to transport and trade goods along the way. But if there’s a method of transport that’s as timeless as ever, it has to be water transport. Nothing can beat it. Now you’re probably going to ask why, so here are a few reasons.

Let’s start with the practical aspect first. Long before we had luxurious cruise ships, people used sea craft for three main purposes:

  1. Travel
  2. Fishing
  3. Transport of goods

Some people were nomadic, meaning they moved from place to place. Wooden boats were useful for traversing long distances as opposed to foot, and for bridging land across water. In some instances, when resources neared depletion, nomadic people or tribes would migrate to another area in order find new resources and to allow the previous resources to replenish themselves.

Also, people had to rely on every source of natural nourishment they could; unlike today where a fast food restaurant is right around the corner. This meant relying on the soil for crops, and the sea for fish. Eventually as civilizations developed, a trade system emerged wherein they’d use their sea vessels to transport their goods to other settlements. But even in the year 2012, society hasn’t strayed too far from the original purposes of water transportation.

shippingYou could just say that everything in water transport has magnified in size and speed. Many sea vessels are now made from state-of-the-art materials and technology, and on a much larger scale. Gigantic ships are designed to transport hundreds to thousands of different kinds of shipments, even smaller sea vessels, vehicles, and other machinery. Although ships are much slower than any average speedboat, the whole idea that they can carry a massive load of cargo from one point to another in relatively good time is amazing in itself.

The advances in marine vessel technology have made travel by water a leisurely experience as well. You could be sitting in a cramped airplane for several hours, or you could be out on the deck of a ferry or cruise ship enjoying the vastness of the sea. Being up above in the clouds is a magnificent sight to behold, but the sea and its diverse scenery never get old. You might be enjoying a hot cup of coffee as the sun begins to rise or having a casual dinner date with a few friends as it sets.

Whatever purpose you have for using water transport, it’s an experience that compares to no other. It has cemented the foundation for long distance trade and economical ties all the while providing us with an exceptional view of nature. So why not head out for a trip in the ocean today?