Last week we discussed buying a car abroad. It it’s avoidable, I prefer not to buy a car. Instead, I live/volunteer/house-sit somewhere near to public transportation or within walking distance of amenities, or a car comes with the volunteer/house-sitting gig.
If you travel to urban places, you can also consider getting around with a Car Sharing program. Set up in most major cities, these programs have cars parked all over the city, allowing you to “rent” them on an hourly basis to run errands, or take a drive out to that sightseeing spot just out of the city. You don’t have to worry about gas or auto insurance – it’s all bundled in your fee. And if you belong to a program in your home town, your membership can be extended to other cities around the world.
Another way to get from A to B (regionally, nationally, or even internationally) is with Ride Sharing. This is glorified carpooling, and there are programs for this all over the world. E-RideShare is a great place to start, but a simple online search for “ride sharing” in your destination country should reveal some interesting options.
Vehicle Delivery services are another way to get behind the wheel without forking out the dough. Rental agencies, individuals, and businesses sometimes need a vehicle to be somewhere it’s not. This is where you come in: you get to be the lucky driver getting a free road trip, and the car owner gets their vehicle to where it needs to go.
These programs exist in many countries, for example:
Canada: Hit the Road.ca
USA: Transfer Car
Between Car Sharing, Ride Sharing, and Vehicle Delivery, you can get around on four wheels quite nicely, without shelling out big cash. Here is some more information about Car Sharing: