This section is dedicated to the various modes of transportation and my experiences and thoughts about them. I will discuss the practical and interesting factors and strategies that I use with using them while traveling. Over the years I have learned about some great tips and have learned some valuable lessons.
If you have seen the movie, "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" with John Candy and Steve Martin, you might get turned off by taking public transportation. But if you learn and prepare yourself before your trip, nothing is more fun and enjoyable than using public transportation while traveling abroad.
But as much as I love taking trains while traveling, I have also rented a car to drive to places where the only way to enjoy the sights is by driving. I first drove in Europe in 2005 when my friend and I rented a SMART car to drive the Chianti Loop. That was very fun. The second time I drove was in Salzburg to see the beautiful town of Hallstat. And finally, just last year I rented a car for 8 days and drove the very beautiful and famous "Road to the Isles" and the Isle of Sky in the Highlands of Scotland. I must admit that I adapted very easily to driving on the left. Parallel parking was another story. 😀
Although I'm very prone to motion sickness, I have taken ferries to get from the UK to France and to get from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye. I road on a boat off the coast of the Island of Capri in Southern Italy so I could see the Blue Grotto and I've also taken a boat to cruize up the Rhine River in Germany. Riding the waters is my least favorite mode of transportation but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do in order to fulfill your passions in life.
And finally, I think the mode of transporation in the most beautiful and unique city in the whole world, Venice, Italy, is one of my most favorite. I never once got motion sickness riding the Vaporetto and Gondolas of Venice. Maybe it's the magic of this very special place that allows me to ride until my hearts content!