We choose the path of least resistance
I would say that selection of a route is still alot like the choices that were made then as when you pick your route of travel today you always take in consideration where there will be rest stops, gas stops and food stops and where you go if it is to be traveled better in summer or winter conditions which is the better route.
They made choices according to their preferred mode, topographical concerns and risks. I do too. Walking is my primary mode of travel and when I select a path I look for one that is easy to walk, i.e. well marked, along a train line for directional purposes, and that is in a busy section to minimize the risks of walking as a woman in a major city, especially at night.
Distance and directness matter now and then, but since I’m usually driving, not hiking, the need to consider physical challenges dominated the ancient choices.
In Bible times routes were chosen according to water availability, the terrain, how gradual the elevation rose, the closeness of villages, bypassing mountain peaks, swollen rivers and lakes. They chose the shortest most direct route when possible.
I usually choose the shortest route, the condition of the road I’m traveling on, routes that I know well.
Travelers in biblical times tried to choose the easiest route available based on the topography of the land they were trying to cross. These routes were chosen to maximize available supplies along the way such as water and villages that could provide additional resources and overnight safety.
I choose my routes based on established, well lit roads avoiding traffic when possible. I try to choose the fastest, most direct route and always prioritize safety with multiple options like gas stations, repair shops , and convenience stores along the way.
Selection of a route for me depends on how soon I need to be somewhere. If I am not in a hurry, then a more “scenic” route is a fun route but if I have to be somewhere in a timely manner, then I will look for the shortest or quickest route.
I like the Scenic route rather than a direct route which most people today are use. The scenic route allows me to see more of what the areas like
It is alike because I travel roads that are established from earlier times. They are in areas that provide comforts while traveling. They are unlike because I can travel by vehicle instead of walking. I have more comforts to choose from while traveling, and I have several roads that I can choose from.
When they were determining their walking routes, they were looking for a route with the least amount of elevation changes.
When I am determining my driving route, I try to take the route with the least amount of traffic.
People of the Bible times walked as a main form of travel therefore they had chose the routes that had water supply along the way to avoid dehydration, had minimal elevation change and one thats circumnavigates bodies of water.
I like to drive across the country. I like scenic route in the earlier days. But now I prefer roads that haves rest areas, and access to gas stations and food. My guess hat is like a road that has well, water springs along the way.
It is alike because I want to choose the best route available and I take into consideration different things. For example, I am planning a route to Minneapolis and I am looking to find a route that would avoid going through Chicago, which I would consider an obstacle. I do have to take into consideration where I would stop to get gas if there are long stretches between stops like perhaps an ancient Israelite might have to consider water sources.
Mostly, I think my considerations for traveling are much different than those in ancient Israel. Most of the time I can find a direct route. Because of our road systems I don’t have to think about where I’m going to stop too much when I need sustenance or a night’s rest. I don’t have to worry about elevation changes unless I was on a bike or walking.
When we travel, we tend to use the road system used by most travelers like those in the Bible time. But we choose that route, not because of the natural obstacles but to see some tourist spots along the way.
But unlike the people in Biblical times, we choose the shorter route if we want to reach our destination within a shorter period; we could use a quicker way, a more hilly and less developed road system.
When we travel, we tend to use the road system that is used by most of the travelers like those people in the Bible time. But we choose that route, not because of the natural obstacles but to see some tourist spots along the way.
But unlike the people in Biblical times, we choose the shorter route; if we want to reach our destination within a shorter period, we could use a quicker way, which is the more hilly and less developed road system.