Transportation and Traveling While Abroad
There will be a few differences between your home here in the U.S. and your home abroad. One of those major differences will be transportation. When you're here in the U.S., you may have quick and easy access to a car, or maybe you use the Lexington transportation system. But when you're abroad...you won't have a car. Your host family might, or perhaps your group will have a van that you get to ride in. For the most part, though, you'll be getting around like a local. This could mean a number of transportation options, so keep reading to catch a glimpse into the world of international transportation.
Each country, region, and town will have different options for traveling. Some popular modes of transportation include trains, buses, metros, taxis, cable cars, trolleys, and even some ride hail companies like Uber or mytaxi. While those options may differ, there is one thing we can tell you for certain...you will walk...A LOT. It will really pay off to get some comfy shoes (break them in before you leave if you don't want blisters). Sure you'll walk a lot, but you'll get to see more than you might if you were always in a car, you'll save some money, and you'll get some great physical activity.
Before you arrive in your host country you should already have an idea of how you will get around through your new town. Doing a little research for this is easy! Look up some things like:
- Do most locals walk to and from their day-to-day activities?
- Do locals use public transportation, such as taxis, metros, buses, trains, etc?
- Ask your host family, program provider, or program director what is the easiest way to get around.
If, after researching, you think you'll be paying to commute regularly, be sure to take that into consideration while you're budgeting for daily or weekly expenses. Public transit in some countries may offer prepaid cards for a certain number of rides, which can help you save some cash for those extra travels. Mastering local transportation, or at least doing your research, will definitely help when you decide to travel outside of your local area.