When you’ve just moved overseas & don’t have a car, you’ll find that buses, trams, trolleys, subways, mono-rails, taxis, 3-wheeled took-tooks, 2-wheeled moto taxis & even the school bus become viable modes of transport. Depending on where you are in the world, the level of convenience & safety you’ll enjoy using these modes of transport can vary greatly & is something you’ll want to seriously consider.
On one hand, having a car may not be advisable due to unaffordability, dense traffic, tricky local traffic regulations, drawn-out registration procedures &/or intense parking problems. In some areas, however, opportunities to share rides may be very few & far between, public transport may be difficult or non-existent. You may find that just to get to work, having a car becomes absolutely essential.
Public & for-hire transportation, however, isn’t exactly trouble free. Being subjected to the prevailing style of driving in some countries, which can range from sane to complete chaos with no regard for stop lights, can be frightening from the back seat of a taxi or rickety old city bus barreling down the road. In some areas, women cannot drive alone. There is also the possibility of being robbed (or worse) when flagging down taxis at random. More than one ISR Review talks about being accosted by a taxi driver at knife-point. Women & families may be especially vulnerable.
I’ll leave the discussion of using public & for-hire transportation at random to those more experienced with it. Your input will be a valued addition to this Blog: Transportation in Your New Location
Owning, or having the use of a school-owned vehicle opens up new horizons in mobility. At 3 schools where I taught, each teacher was supplied with a vehicle. The autonomy a vehicle afforded me, without the responsibility of ownership, was an added perk to an already outstanding benefits package. Public transport is great, but there are times when you just want to jump in, shut the door, turn on the heat/ac & cruise to your destination while enjoying some tunes. With a car you also get to visit places you’d otherwise never get to see.
If your school doesn’t supply you with a vehicle & you’re in the market to buy a one, I recommend you take a look at the ISR Article, Should You Buy a Car Overseas? Here you’ll find extensive information on buying, owning & maintaining a car overseas.
How ever you choose to get around in your new location there are in’s and out’s of using public/for-hire transportation & owning/driving a school-owned vehicle. We invite you to contribute to the Transportation in Your New Location Blog & share experiences, give advice & ask questions. What’s your current transportation situation like?