Traveling is the ultimate adventure for so many people, but getting around an unfamiliar place can be a daunting, anxiety-ridden task for some. Depending on the location, transportation issues could be wide or limited. Choosing a way to see the sights is simply a matter of weighing the pros and cons of each.
Renting a Car
Renting a vehicle is an option in many places across the world, but not all travelers are comfortable driving in a strange city, particularly in an unfamiliar automobile. If you are comfortable with this, renting a car allows you to have a great deal of freedom. Having access to a car means creating your own schedule and going exactly where you want to go when you want to go there. This is an appealing option for those who enjoy spontaneity while on vacation, as you can change directions at the drop of a hat. Those who decide to rent a car should consider a collision damage waiver upon picking up the car from the rental car agency.
Taking Your Car
If you’re traveling within driving distance from your home, bringing your vehicle can be a great option. First, you get to drive a car that you’re already familiar with driving. Second, it generally doesn’t involve the same expense as renting a car does. That said, some travelers may not believe that the wear and tear that can be put into their personal vehicles are worth the trouble, particularly if your vacation spot is quite far away from home.
Using Public Transportation
Public transportation in South Florida, in the form of buses or rail, is a popular and reliable method of getting around the area. Public transportation is considerably less expensive than most other means of travel, though it requires a bit of research when it comes to learning about cost, schedules and route maps. Those who are unfamiliar with public transportation may initially be intimidated by the process, but eventually, almost anyone will be able to navigate through a city with relative ease.
Traveling on Foot
In the 21st century, walking as a form of transportation is often overlooked. There are so many other methods of traveling that people forget that using your two feet is still a perfectly feasible way to get where you want to go. Moving on foot is probably the transportation method that affords tourists the most freedom. Walking is also free, and that is appealing to tourists, as well. The most frugal travelers will find that getting around on foot affords them the independence and freedom to see the attractions that they are most interested in seeing. There’s no waiting for a train to arrive. Like public transport, walking is beneficial to the environment as well as to your body.
Trying a Rideshare Service
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are very popular methods of getting around most medium to large cities in the United States. Ridesharing usually involves a mobile phone application and knowledge of how to find, pay and communicate with a driver via the app. These services are often less expensive than taxicab services and could be more appealing to travelers than renting a car, particularly if they won’t need to rideshare often during their trip.
Calling a Taxi
Taxicab services have been around for decades, and they continue to be the go-to method of transportation for many travelers. There are areas where rideshare services are not available, and in some of those places, taxis remain popular. Taxis are usually automobiles, but occasionally, they will come in forms that are characteristic of that geographical area, making them a novelty for a tourist. An example of this would be a rickshaw taxi, which is often found in places like Thailand and the Philippines.
With the right preparation, getting around your travel destination can be done easily. Choosing a method is just a matter of preference and availability. Educating yourself prior to your trip will ensure that it will be a success.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.