The possibility of civilizational collapse is something survivalists must consider.
If that happens, all of the regular services people depend on can’t be taken for granted.
Here are alternative ways to travel if a catastrophic disaster happens.
A deadly pandemic, a terrorist attack on the power grid, or some other catastrophe could cause a collapse of our civilization.
Under those circumstances, nothing can be taken for granted.
Phone lines, internet connection, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other modern conveniences will likely be out of use or severely hampered.
And that also goes for normal forms of transportation.
Planes, trains, and automobiles might not be functional for a host of reasons, including a lack of energy.
Suddenly, abandoned cars could litter the streets.
Here are other ways to get around if such a disaster occurs.
First, bicycles will become very convenient.
They don’t rely on energy, and they’re nimble enough to get through narrow openings.
Also, bikes allow you to travel a relatively long distance in a reasonable amount of time.
A bicycle could be a lifesaver in a world where most people are forced to travel on foot.
Bikes may not allow you to transport very much in the way of supplies or materials, but it’s useful if you need to travel reasonable distances with light loads.
Next, horseback would be an incredibly useful method of transport.
Riding a horse requires a lot less energy than riding a bike, and horses can travel greater distances at greater speeds.
They can also carry a bigger load, and handle rougher terrain.
In the 1920s before the automobile became a national phenomenon, there were 25 million horses versus a U.S. population of slightly over 100 million.
Today, there are over 320 million people, but only around 9 million horses.
That means horses would become incredibly scarce in a SHTF scenario.
If you’re in a position to own and care for a horse, it would certainly be something to consider.
Acquiring a horse after a collapse could be a tall task.
Next, boats will be an essential part of transportation.
Approximately 71% of the earth is covered in water, so being able to navigate lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans would be a major advantage.
Most widespread disasters would affect land more than water, so having the capacity to travel by boat could be a huge convenience that gets you out of trouble.
If you reside near a waterway, you should take advantage of this geographical area.
Open waters can be evacuation routes for bugging out, and there’s the possibility of fishing for food.
Be sure not to focus on motor-powered boats, because fuel would undoubtedly become scarce when the SHTF.
Man-powered and wind-powered boats are your best bet for survival.
There are even solar-powered boats that could be incredibly useful in such a scenario.
While these methods of transportation wouldn’t be the only ones available, they do give you the best chance of maneuvering through a serious crisis.