Driving in foreign countries can definitely be interesting. Knowing the rules- what side of the road to drive on, the speed limit and parking just to name a few can be confusing in itself. Then there are the unwritten rules, when or when not to honk the horn, let other cars cut in etc.
I don’t usually rent cars when traveling in foreign countries but have done so in a few. While looking over the HuffPost’s list I felt that Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam would’ve been a great addition. While I didn’t rent a car during my visit, Kim and I found it almost impossible to cross the roads due to the crazy amount of cars and even worse- motorbikes. I could only imagine what it would be like to drive there.
A bunch of you commented on my post, calling out the HuffPost for leaving off some pretty awful places to drive like Bangkok, Cairo and Sao Paulo while including others.
While I wouldn’t claim to have a ton of experience driving outside the United States (I much prefer to take public transportation or walk), I have driven in a bunch of foreign countries & places.
When I first came across the Huffington Post article, it was after just getting back from our Quick Euro Roadtrip where I drove on some pretty crazy roads in the Lake Como area of Italy. This experience made the article even more interesting to me.
While traveling outside the U.S. I’ve only rented a car on rare occasions. First of all, I’m not a big fan of driving and second, I’d much rather take public transportation since I find it a great way to get a feel for a city/ country.
However, there are times when public transportation just won’t get the job done. For some places, having a car to get around is essential. In some of these places a tour could always be another option. You might also have a limited amount of time during a trip and big plans (kind of like on our recent Quick Euro Roadtrip where we visited 3 countries in a little over 4 days- Italy, Switzerland & Liechtenstein) where public transportation would be way too slow to use to get around.