transportation while abroad

Many international students will desire to have access to a car while studying abroad or spending four years in another country. What international students fail to realize is that not every American student has a car.

A traditional gift once a youth turned driving age within the United States was a car (sometimes an old-beat up pile of junk that will make you question safety and driving). More and more youth are having to come up with funds from their own savings in order to purchase a car – which shows a stronger appreciation for their mode of transportation.

What does not having a car mean in college? It might mean you cannot go the store every day – but people with cars don’t do that either. It might mean having to share a ride with others to go shopping at a mall out-of-town – but those conversations are when you will learn more about friends than when sitting in the classroom next to each other.

InternationalStudent.com posted an article during the spring about some cities that are friendly to non-vehicle student owners. Some of the locations that were listed included Washington D.C., New York City, and San Francisco. Students think of those big cities due to widespread knowledge of their public transportation systems but what students do not realize is that most medium to large-sized cities will have at least a city bus (that can get you to the store and back) or a taxi system (often geared towards the college crowd). Other cities will let you rent a bicycle to get around.

Check out the article here (http://blog.internationalstudent.com/2012/03/studying-in-the-us-without-a-car/) but also think about visiting some of those “non-traditional” modes of transportation.

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