There are many solutions for getting around while traveling: stop, bus, train, taxi, etc. and each of its solutions have their advantages and disadvantages. However, car rental is one of the solutions I use the most, and for me, it is the best way to get around while traveling.
Since my first independent trip, I have lost count of the different means of transport that I could use: boat, tuk-tuk, stop, bus, minibus, scooter, train, taxi, plane, etc.
I favored the cheapest transport during my first trips, and I attached very little importance to comfort.
Since traveling as a family, I have started to use car rental more and more because public transport is not always easy with young children.
Even if initially, car rental was not part of my travel philosophy, I admit that I have now developed a taste and that I see many advantages: it has even become for my sense the best way to get around on a trip when possible, of course
No time constraints
The main advantage of car rental is that you free yourself from any time constraints. Indeed, if you travel by bus or train, you will depend on the latter’s departure times, which can sometimes be restrictive in planning your days or certain visits. This is all the more true with children: the car makes it possible to optimize your trips during naps, and you can thus better respect their rhythm.
The car (for reasonable distances) is also a fast means of transport compared to others. Indeed, public transport imposes many stops and waiting times on each ascent or descent of passengers with the loading and unloading of luggage that goes with it. If your time is limited, you will save precious time with a car rental.
An economical solution (in some cases)
Contrary to popular belief, car rental can often be an economical solution. Except in countries like Iceland or Kenya, where rental prices are staggering, you can increasingly find very competitive car rental rates.
If you are more than one, do the math quickly, and you will realize that it is not necessarily a more expensive solution than public transport.
Also, remember that the buses will drop you off at the bus station and the train at the station and that you will then have to pay for a taxi or other means to reach your accommodation. With your car, you are going to the right place.
A comfortable means of transport
Even if certain means of transport can guarantee you certain funny situations from time to time, you will keep lasting memories, are not always very comfortable, and have to suffer the incivility of some.
For example, I remember a 5 pm train trip to travel 700km in Pakistan in the cheapest class where we were squeezed like sardines on tiny, very hard wooden benches surrounded. On the other hand, others had motion sickness and did not hesitate to vomit on the floor. At nightfall, ras wandered in the wagons: today I am laughing and do not necessarily have bad memories, but I found the time long. With a car rental, we avoid this kind of situation.
Ideal for tours
This is a major advantage of car rental: the freedom to visit. Without a car, you will sometimes have to take day trips or be dependent on local transport. Firstly, these have a cost, and secondly, they are restrictive if you want to take your time: you stop when you want to eat, have a drink, rest, take a photo, and it’s very pleasant.
In some countries, the drivers of buses, taxis, or tuks-tuks think they are pilots. They promise us great scares… ;-). You are not safe from another reckless vehicle with your car, but you drive at your own pace … it can be reassuring.
It can be dangerous in some countries to travel after dark to reach a restaurant, bar, or other. Coming back with your vehicle is a safety …
It allows more meetings!
In the beginning, I said that car rental was not part of my travel philosophy because I considered that we were more in contact with local life and the natives by using local transport. This is partly true because in most transport you will be with a majority of foreign travelers.
The car saves undeniable time: you can take advantage of this saved time to spend time with the locals at destinations and discover more aspects of their lives. This disadvantage that I attributed to car rental is ultimately turned into an advantage.
Of course, not all of the above is true for all countries, but car rental has its benefits in many cases.
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