The Best Ways To Get Around When You Arrive
Traveling to other countries is eminently exciting and will open up your mind to new cultures and your life to new experiences you’ll never forget.
But there’s more to traveling abroad than just getting there: you also have to think about how to get around once you do.
What makes a travel method “best?” As we explore some options below, we’ll consider speed, comfort, convenience, cost savings, and pure, full out fun as good reasons to include a travel option on our “best” list.
Having your own wheels while abroad can be a huge convenience and make it much easier to follow your own itinerary with minimal constraints. But how do you optimally manage car rentals in a foreign country?
EasyRentCars is a great example of how to rent a vehicle internationally in today’s world. You book ahead online so you can know your preferred car will be waiting for you when you get there. You can compare options and prices from multiple rental providers and benefit from special deals and discounts available every single day.
You can also find out which car rentals allow you to cross international borders if you’re going to be, say, touring Europe or you’re going to Singapore and want to visit the Malaysian mainland nearby.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours
In many of the world’s major cities, such as London, and sometimes for whole countries, like Australia or New Zealand, you can tour the major tourist stops affordably, quickly, and with minimal stress via a hop-on hop-off bus service.
FlixBus, based in Germany, has routes in 20 other European nations. This takes hop on/off bus rides to a new level – you can literally tour a whole continent in this manner if you plan the connections right!
Tricycles & Coco Taxis
For short-distance, in-city travel, one of the cheapest ways to get around is by means of small, motorized tricycles or similar vehicles.
In Manila, Philippines, for example, you have the option of a motorcycle with a two-wheel cart attached to it or the same set up but with a bicycle (no, the passenger doesn’t have to pedal too!)
In Havana, Cuba, a “Coco Taxi” is a unique mode of transport; a coconut-shaped, motorized tricycle that can take only 2 or 3 passengers at a time. But note: the yellow coco taxis are for tourists while the black ones are meant to be used by locals.
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If you want super cheap transportation in the Philippines and are willing to accept a bumpy ride and spend time with strangers in a crowded little “minibus,” try the jeepney.
Jeepneys are not much like jeeps. They are more like half-sized buses with tough tires and suspension systems and no back door.
You hop on or off the jeepney (after paying your 8 pesos! – about 20 cents) without the need to open/close any door as the vehicle goes on its circuit through the city, much like a city bus would in other countries.
Traditional style outrigger canoes, often made out of local materials, are still a major form of transport in certain countries and in certain situations.
You can ride them for pure fun in Hawaii, but in Indonesia, Philippines, and many Polynesian archipelago countries, they are used to visit small islands that are hard to access otherwise.
Trains: Old & New
One of the most comfortable ways to travel all over the world is by train. The high speed rail lines of Europe are fascinating, aside from getting you there in incredibly short space of time. But older trains around the world offer nostalgia and luxury.
Take for example the Orient Express, of Agatha Christie fame, that still runs from Paris to Istanbul, the Pride of Africa that takes you over South African plans to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and finally to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, or the Russian railway spanning the vast stretches of Siberia all the way to Moscow.
Add a little creativity and online research before you travel abroad, and you will find there are many great ways to travel you may never have considered. These 6 are just a small taste of what’s out there!
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