Transport can be expensive when you travel the world. There are many different options that can get you the best deals and save you money.
Whether it's buying a car, renting a camper or taking an inter-city train, we will help you find the best deal.
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There can be many different options for transport when you travel, our favorite is cycling but you won't get as far as you'd like with that alone, unless you want to hitchhike too. We have met someone who hitchhiked across the whole of Europe before. Luckily, transport doesn't have to be a big expense when you travel, we will show you how.
First of all, if you ever leave an airport and get offered a cheap taxi, DO NOT go with that person. These are usually unlicensed taxis that will not have a meter and charge you excessively. Stick to the labelled taxis.
If we told you that you can rent a car for $25 a day, would you believe us? We didn't believe it was true until we started booking rental cars in different countries. Obviously, you are paying for the smallest, cheapest car the rental company has, but unless you're planning on driving off-road then that shouldn't be an issue. Booking a rental car is ideal for a weekend if you plan to explore the rural areas. Although remember these tips for booking a rental car:
• Most companies require a license to be held for 12 or 24 months to allow you to rent. Enterprise is one that we found out didn't require any length of time to hold a license.
• Drivers under 25 and sometimes 30 will incur a young driver charge. Call the company before and ask if there is any chance of this fee being waived (sometimes they want the business).
• We have found that if you select a pickup time at the latest possible time in the day, and the drop-off time at the earliest time in the day, you will save a whole day of paying for rental car.
• Take pictures when you get your car, just incase you get blamed for any damage that is already there.
• Make sure you have insurance to cover your rental car. Some credit cards can offer insurance. See this blog!
Anything long term such as travelling to Australia for a year, then we would recommend buying a car or camper. You might be thinking how could I afford that? But it's actually a cheap option for long term travel. Backpackers and travelers buy and sell cars all the time in different countries, head into hostels and check the notice boards, or look on sites such as Gumtree. You could pick up a second hand car for around $3,000 and then at the end of your trip (providing nothing happens to the car) just sell it on to the next traveler. Trust us, it will save you in the long run.
If you've traveled to parts of Europe then you know that trains are more expensive than a downpayment on a house (were just exaggerating, but seriously they are expensive). We have found that GoEuro is a good site for finding cheap train deals and we have used that multiple times to travel in Europe. We would still recommend a car, but sometimes you may just want to get from A to B, in which case a train is a good option. Check out below and we will help you find the cheapest deal.
For those of you hardcore travelers, you will know what it's like sitting on a crowded bus for 17 hours through the middle of the night just to save $10. Buses and coaches are some of the cheapest options, but they also take a long time. If you have the time to waste, then sure save money, and take a bus or coach. Some companies offer passes that allow to you buy a hop-on hop-off service on a larger scale.
There are so many options for travel, we will save our main tips and advice for future blogs so we can go into more depth. If you have any questions about transport when traveling then contact us here, otherwise scroll down to find the best transport booking options around.