How Young People Around the World Travel

How Young People Around the World Travel

Trains, planes, automobiles and much more… there’s loads of ways to travel! And whilst cycling might suit one persons’ journey, another person might have to rely on a car to get around. It can all depend on the distance they are travelling, the cost, where they are going and how good the local public transport is. Walking is the most popular way to travel for Scottish students – at school, college and university. After that it’s catching a lift in a car, going by bus and cycling. But how do other young people travel around the world?


The subway is the most popular way to get around in Tokyo. Young Japanese students and workers are a significant part of the eight million people who use the metro every single day. Shinjuku Station, in particular, has over 3.6 million daily passengers making it the busiest in the world. We’ll never complain about having to stand on the bus again!


Train is the most popular way of getting around in India. The rail network is the fourth longest, and most heavily used by the country’s 1.3 billion people, in the world. Eager to avoid the commuting chaos, most Indians prefer to walk, cycle or use traditional tuk-tuks.


Nomads spend their entire life travelling. There are communities all over the world who never settle in one place permanently. Lots of children in these communities learn a mix of academic and traditional skills on the move which they continue to use into their adult lives.


In Scotland, most of the travelling we do is to get to work or school, visit friends or to have fun. But in many countries, people need to travel just to survive. Nearly one billion people need to travel to access clean water. In Sub-Saharan Africa, women and children travel on average six kilometres every day to collect fresh water. The more time spent travelling for essentials like water means less time spent at school or working.

Most of us are lucky enough to live relatively close to our schools, places of study and work. But for some remote communities around the world, travelling every day involves an obstacle course of rivers…




….and mountains.

The Pick&Mix Project will help all people make all types of trips from getting to school or uni, through to making their first commute. Tell us about your opinions and experiences of travel.

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