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Try to use locally operated transportation and tour operators, where practical. You don't have to compromise on quality by taking a city bus. Ask the taxi driver parked outside your hotel how much he would charge for a half day local tour. Often, this personalized approach will be much more enjoyable and productive, and you will avoid the crowded bus used for the pre-packaged tours purchased from your travel agent or cruise ship purser.


If it looks like the travel involved to get to your next destination will be an all day marathon, ask about alternatives. Often, small commuter flights are available to the same destination, cutting hours off the trip. If you want to see the scenery between two destinations, fine - just don't get trapped in marathon travel sessions when you don't have to. As an alternative, try flying one way and driving back. Or use train or boat travel, where available.


Enquire if the resort or hotel you are booked into provides free transportation to/from the airport or dock, or will take you to town and pick you up later.


If there are two or more traveling together, renting a car often makes sense. Even if it is only for a few days out of the trip, a car rental can free you to see sights you might otherwise miss. However, if you are a nervous driver, or are unsure about car rentals, avoid it!



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