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Going abroad? What’s the best way to get around?

Getting around when you travel abroad need be no more difficult than it is when you’re at home. Depending on where it is you’re travelling to of course. Most people travel by air when they go overseas and that means they need some sort of transport on arrival.

Taxis and public transport

The first thing you’re likely to encounter is the transport to your hotel. Unless you’re on a package deal that arranges this it will probably mean a taxi. Make sure you do your homework beforehand, get an idea of how long the journey is and how much it should cost. This will help you avoid being ripped off.

 

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Once you’ve reached your destination there are a number of options. To see the local sights you may choose to walk or perhaps hire a bicycle. It’s worth checking out the public transport options too. These tend to be better in cities than elsewhere, you can research the local system in advance via the internet. Make sure you understand the routes and how the ticketing system works. You may be able to get a tourist pass, for example, to make journeys easier. It’s worth checking on local customs too. In Japan, for example, it is considered bad manners to talk to strangers on the underground

Driving yourself

If you want to travel further afield and not be tied to a timetable you might consider hiring a car. You can usually save money by booking your hire car in advance, but beware of extra charges when you pick it up. Things like collision damage waivers and fuel charges can bump up

If you’re travelling in Europe you may opt to take your own car either by ferry or the Channel Tunnel. You need to check that your insurance will cover you when driving abroad and check on your breakdown cover too. If you have a leased car check that it’s OK to drive it abroad and what support you’ll have access to. Companies like totalmotion

Whether you’re renting a car or taking your own do check on the local driving rules to make sure you’re not caught out. Some European countries impose lower speed limits in wet weather. Many countries require you to carry spare bulbs and in France for example you need to carry a breathalyser kit.

If you take your own car remember you’ll be driving on the ‘wrong’ side so take extra care when overtaking or when setting off again after a break. Stick a note on your stering wheel to remind you to keep right.

Of course for some people the travel is not just about getting from A to B. A long train journey or a scenic coach trip can be an essential part of the whole travel experience.