Monday, March 23, 2009

Transportation Methods when Traveling in a Foreign Country

Planning a trip to a foreign county involves making a number of travel preparations before you leave. One factor you should take into consideration when planning a trip is how you are going to get around once you arrive. It is important to be aware of the various methods of transportation so you can make the appropriate travel plans.

Bus: Taking a bus can save you a lot of money. You will have a chance to get a close up view of the country. Buses tend to be safe and reliable. They also make many stops allowing visitors to see much more of the country. When traveling by bus, you should make sure you have arranged for accommodations along your route.

Car Rental: Renting a car will allow for more flexibility when traveling. You can decide where you want to go and when you want to travel. You must have a valid license. Depending on the country, you will likely be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). You should also purchase the appropriate car insurance. Car rental agencies will usually offer cheap car insurance. If you do purchase cheap car insurance, make sure you read the contract to make sure you have sufficient coverage. Traveling by car is a great way to learn about different cultures and how they live.

Trains: Most foreign countries will have a good train network. You can usually purchase tickets on an as-needed basis. Purchasing train travel passes in advance can save you a lot of money and allows for more flexibility. You will be able to view different scenery and stop at different locations for sight seeing. There are usually sleeper cars available for long trips as well as a dining car and lounge.

Airplane: Traveling by airplane is a quick way of traveling. Budget airlines can provide a cheaper way of flying. There are many popular vacation resorts that partner with
particular airlines. Travel agencies often provide discounts to popular hotels when you book your flight through their company.

Cruise Ships: Traveling by cruise ship is a great way to explore different countries. They offer great accommodations, food, recreational activities, and often provide sight seeing tours.

Bicycle Tours: Cycle tourism is a fun and healthy way of exploring a foreign country. They often provide group tour packages. Tours packages will usually include accommodations such as hostels, motels, or staying at campgrounds.

Most foreign countries consider tourism to be a major industry. Visitors are now able to choose from a variety of transportation methods that will suit their own travel needs. It is important to do your research and make the appropriate travel preparations before embarking on your trip.

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