Being in a foreign country makes it so much easier to get lost. There are buses, trains, and taxis to help you get to where you need to be, but that still requires you know a bit about where you are going. Here are a few savvy tips for co-eds to use when wandering around abroad:
- Trains and subways: They typically have maps and timetables telling you where they are headed and how often they depart. Many of these can be found online, like the English Underground information. This site tells you if a line is down, and it also has tube maps and timetables. Check when the trains stop running. It is a terrible feeling being stuck somewhere with no way home. If ever confused in a station, ask an attendant or an information desk worker, for they are there to help you.
- Buses: These are a bit more confusing than riding the tracks. Having a bus map on hand or access to the website will aid in cutting down the possibility of getting on the wrong bus. Bus maps can be printed off online and are usually available in large areas of public transportation. When in doubt, ask the bus driver if he is going where you need to be. Check when the buses run. Some may run all night while others stop at midnight, so be aware of times. Bus stops may tell you when the bus starts and ends that day.
- Taxis: While cabs will be more expensive, they cut down the possibility of getting lost or getting somewhere late and they run at all hours of the day. As long as you know the address of where you are headed, you should be fine using taxis.
- Walking: This is the cheapest option but it is worst when it comes to efficiency. The chances of getting lost or tired are high when on your feet. It is best to have a map of the town you are in. Do not be afraid or too proud to ask for directions. Everyone gets lost. It is a fact of life, although sometimes being lost on your feet is a great way to find adventure and see things you may not have seen otherwise.
For additional study abroad tips, check out this lovely article: I Wish I Would’ve Known… Before Studying Abroad.