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When it comes to travel, you can use just about any method of transportation. Each mode is better for different purposes.

Whether you are going to and from the airport, traveling to a new city, or are driving to your family’s home for the holidays, there is always an appropriate way to get around.

You can get on a plane, train, automobile, bus, or even in the back of a truck if you’re traveling more rurally, but wherever you are headed and why, below are five tips for travel transportation.

Five Tips for Travel Transportation

To & From the Airport

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There are plenty of expensive options for getting to the airport, and this is definitely one area you can splurge if you really want to – luxury limos, cars, and VIP services are offered for almost every airport. 

But if you want to save that money for later, the cheapest ways to get to the airport are by public transport like the train, or getting someone you know to take you to the airport. 

Taxis are the most common way to reach an airport, or get from the airport once you land, especially if you’re in a foreign destination. But research in advance whether there are public options like trains, buses, the metro, or if your hotel has a free airport shuttle.

If you’re traveling with a large group you can also rent a vehicle. Whether you are looking for van rentals in Chicago, Seattle, or a small town, if you reach a certain number of people reserving a driver can help cut down on costs of everyone traveling seperately. 

When You Land

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Depending on the size of the group, landing in a foreign place can lead to some bad decisions considering transportation. It is important to do your research on the best way to get to your hotel or destination.

Often it’s the train, but if you need to take a car you should probably reserve it ahead of time, so the driver is waiting for you.

Taxi scams are one of the biggest ways travelers get caught out at the airport, and this can be a terrible way to start your holidays.

You should know exactly how much you’re paying and confirm it with the driver. Make sure you know whether you’re paying a set cost, or if the car should be metered. Only take official taxis. 

Do a little research to lower the stress and expense of getting to your destination. It’s worth it to plan when you are figuring out whether to take a train, bus, or car service to your arrival destination.

Around a City

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Of course, where you are will change how you should get around a city, but if you are in a good spot in the city there is nothing wrong with walking.

Walking around is one of the best ways to see a new place, though the next best thing is public transportation, as this means you’ll be rubbing shoulders with locals, get get a really good feel for how people live.

So many cities have amazing public transport systems, which are fast, efficient, clean, and even dare we say, exciting!

Between trains and subways, you can get to a lot of places. Research rideshare and taxi services as well, and also consider whether biking is an option. 

Many modern cities now have established networks of bikes, where you can pick up a bike from one station, and drop it at another point in the city without having to return to your starting point.

From City to City

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When you have landed, spent time in a place, and are now moving on, it’s important to do research on the best way to get from A to B.

If you are in a different country, there will be a lot of different methods to get to where you need to be. Often trains are the best way to comfortably get around from city to city, but if you are in a place where the infrastructure isn’t the best, you should think about renting a car or hiring a driver.

On the other hand, a bus could be the best way to get to a new place. This is especially the case in a lot of the United States, where trains lack.

Getting from city to city shouldn’t be that expensive. Try not to spend an arm and a leg on this kind of travel. There is usually a cheaper way without sacrificing comfort.

Rural Destinations

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If you don’t have a car, it’s too expensive to rent one, or you’re not allowed to where you are, it can be difficult to get to the rural area you want to experience.

Rural travel can be incredible. One great method is to hire a driver. In a place where you can afford drivers, you’ll have the chance to go where you want stress free for a certain amount of time.

There are also a lot of buses that go from cities to destinations in nature and national parks. Wherever the destination, putting in the work will help you get there the best way possible.

Transportation varies depending on the trip and how you choose to travel. Whether you are going to the mountains outside the main destination or are spending your time in a large city, there are many options.

Choose from planes, trains, automobiles, walking, and other forms of transportation to create the best trip possible. 

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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