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Transport… getting from A to B… wait what about C to D???

The moment has arrived… your flight has landed… What’s that I hear you saying? “The turbulence shook me up a little”, don’t worry, some flights can be a little bumpy, but you’re here, you’ve arrived, and you’re ready to dive into your next adventure… after a little snooze.

So your first challenge on your trip… get out of the obstacle course known as “The Airport” and make your way to your hotel.

Yes yes, you want to know how, I’m getting to that bit…

Ok, our options in general are airport transfer, cab, train, or bus.

Let me go through these one by one…

Airport transfer – Potentially one of the more expensive options, although this relies on you being organised and booking ahead of your arrival. With this option you need to book your airport transfer with your hotel before you start your journey, although, this assumes you’re staying in a hotel, you may have chosen to go for something a little more rural. So thinking about this option? Do you want to walk out of your flight to see a driver holding up a piece of paper with your name on it? Sounds fancy I know.

Cab from the airport – There are a lot of cabs “hanging around” outside the airport, and many companies in all shapes and sizes having set up shop within the airport. These cabs can be both official and unofficial and depending on the destination, there are specific characteristics that official cabs have, this is where I am going to say one thing… do your research. I always say go for the official cabs, it may be a little more expensive, but it is the safer option. This option is often cheaper than doing an airport transfer but I have one question for you about this option and all other options below… Do you have local currency to pay for the cab? Oops… go and check if the company will take whatever currency you have? If not then go get some currency converted… quick…

Train – This option depends on where you are in the world. If there is a train that goes from the airport to near your hotel, woohoo, that is an ideal scenario for quick and easy transfer but this option is not always available.

Bus – Perhaps the cheapest of all these option, and is truly the best option if you are travelling on a shoestring, is this you? A bus has never been my favourite mode of transport but hey, sometimes it is the best option, so I say again, do your research. You do have an advantage with the bus in that it will often stop at several places, but just make sure it is going in the direction of your hotel.

On your first day, my suggestion would be pick the option that is the easiest and gets you to your hotel the quickest. Once at the hotel, have a short (or long) break, and then think of onward travel, when there may be even more options.

For onward travel, I’ve found using a shuttle/minibus is often a good option, and there are many reputable companies that you can find in many destinations, but if there are atleast 3-4 of you, and if you are travelling a long distance, go for a private shuttle, its just more comfortable.

What do you think???

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I might bring a book with me…

I’m going to stop you right here.

Flights can be very boring, especially if you don’t enjoy any of the movies that are playing on the in-flight entertainment system…. “Hmm… I wonder if the latest Marvel movie will be playing on my next flight?”… There he goes getting distracted again…

I’ts not just the flight that you may be getting concerned with, maybe you’re a solo traveller, maybe you have a significant amount of travel planned between destinations on your adventure, and yes you probably like to read, I myself quite enjoy a good book.

There is one thing that I want you to think about here, well two things. First you want to think about how much space you actually have, do you have enough space for one or more books, are you bringing hand luggage only or check-in luggage as well. The second factor is weight, books can be quite heavy so you want to think about whether you are both able and willing to carry the weight the the book(s) add to your remaining luggage.

We will come to the debate around backpacks and suitcases on the next entry of this blog…. I know this will be on your mind at this stage.

If you read my last post then you may have seen the attachment, and from that also the fact that I have got a Kindle (Disclaimer: other brands of e-reader are also available). I don’t use the Kindle very much, I prefer reading physical books but while travelling, I just can’t justify bringing a big book when a small e-reader is available….

The links below will show you all the information you need to decide whether you want a Kindle or not….

https://amzn.to/2Htoe3U

Shhh, dont tell anyone, I’m also adding links for a couple of books that I like, just in case…