I try to avoid air travel when possible, I don’t like flying. I have flown an awful lot, but I really don’t like being in the sky, it’s too much of a physical toll, whatever the cabin. That having been said, it is often by far the best way to get to a destination, and this is something I readily accept and tolerate. Travelling by ship is what I much prefer, it’s more relaxed, there is more space and you can take it easy. As a child, I travelled around Europe a lot by train, I still enjoy that today and do it where possible. It’s probably the best way to get around in Europe.
It is no so much a preference, but I have many times realised I want to reach a place where there is no way to simply travel there. To get around this, I have had to charter either a plane, yacht, ship, train, helicopter, 4x4 car, even hot air balloon and horse. If all else fails, as has been the case, some places I can walk to. Remote regions oftentimes call for extreme methods.
As for hotels, I prefer to stay in historic heritage hotels wherever they exist. I like few things less than a charmless, standardised hotel. Sometimes I am in backward places where no such places exist, and that’s ok as it’s all part of the process and is unavoidable in many parts of the world.