So, there have been a couple additional travel improvements in recent patch updates on the PTR.
First, the one that druids should be the most excited about:
Swift Flight Form: Druids who have acquired a mount able to go 310% flight speed will now also go that speed while in this form.
I would be excited about this, except that I don’t have a 310% flight speed mount, and I probably won’t have one any time soon. However, it improves my motivation level towards getting one. When you want to fly around as an instant-cast bird all day, the motivation to get different flying mounts is usually low for me.
Second, the one I’m actually more excited about:
Tome of Cold Weather Flying: New heirloom item. Players who have reached level 80 can now purchase this book for 1,000 gold from Hira Snowdawn, the Cold Weather Flying Trainer in Dalaran. Similar to other heirloom items, this item can be mailed to other characters of the same realm, account and faction. The book is consumed when read training the character in Cold Weather Flying. Requires level 68.
This means that my level 73 shaman (that’s mostly abandoned and neglected) can fly around to farm herbs in zones that I’m not likely to die horribly to high level mobs. I should still level up higher to get the herbs I need for flasks and such, but then leveling up my shaman will be so much easier because getting around is faster. I really just don’t care about running around on ground mounts anymore, and the push to 77 to get access to my epic flying speed on that character just hasn’t gotten me to level very far at all. Since this change requires you to already have one level 80 character on your account, it’s really pretty fair. Once you have done the whole process, you get rewarded so that your alts can fly sooner. There is really nothing wrong with this at all. I think being able to travel faster makes the game more fun once the content isn’t really all that new to you.
One thing that all these travel improvements do is make it harder for them to force us to run around on ground mounts when the next expansion comes out. Most people are now going to be used to flying everywhere since level 60.