100 years ago people had many of the same travel options we have today.
On a ship you could travel first class for a high fee - or you could travel steerage for a low fee.
My ancestors traveled back and forth several times from Europe to North America in steerage class. It was cheap and it got them from A to B.
I have their diaries from those voyages. It was not comfortable and there were many hardships.
But these people were very realistic about their situation.
They knew what they could afford and they knew the consequences of going cheap. They chose the best options with the resources available to them.
The big difference between them and today's travelers is they did not complain about something they could not change.