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If we have time, and want to get rid of air travel, how about boats? Ok, not optimal for going from Europe to Australia, but east coast US to west coast Europe should not be prohibitively long time if we are traveling to meet people.

Not optimal for business meetings, but there increasing prices until options like phones and video-chats are used more could decrease the number of trips.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Apr 19th, 2014 at 11:48:58 AM EST
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My impression is that prices for flying are already at a point where video conferencing is used for pretty much everything it can be used for. There really are some things you can only do with physical co-location.

Where price increases on flying (and better rail connections) can help is in the intracontinental segment. For capital-to-capital, sleeper rail already beats plane + 1 travel day + 1 hotel night, in terms of both cost and comfort. The problem is that the rail connections into the hinterland are so bad that you end up spending a whole travel day anyway. And then you're suddenly looking at a head-to-head plane vs. sleeper rail comparison, and that's not so hot cost-wise.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Apr 19th, 2014 at 05:18:53 PM EST
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