Our first year and a half here, in Ecuador, we lived without a car. Many move down here and plan on living without a car, relying on the public transportation. Our plan was a bit different.
We planned on buying a car as soon as we arrived, but because of circumstances beyond our control, it took longer than planned. This gave us an opportunity to experience public transportation. Thus, I can bring you this blog post.
Life with out a vehicle abroad, the pros and the cons:
1) You don’t have to worry about where to park
2)You don’t have to worry about break downs or finding a mechanic
3) You don’t have to worry about damages to your car due to accidents or vandalism, nor do you have to worry about insurance for you car
4) You don’t have the stress of buying or registering a car
5) You don’t have to worry about getting a driver’s licence in your new country, and whatever that will involve
6) You don’t have to worry about getting lost
7) You don’t have to worry about getting pulled over by the police
8) You will not have to worry about an exercise program with all the walking you will do
9) On long trips you will have plenty of time to catch up on reading and to enjoy the scenery.
1) You don’t always have the freedom to go where you want when you want
2)You do have to worry if the driver of the vehicle slept last night
3)You do have to watch the horrible movie playing on the bus
4)You do have to worry about who or what sat in the seat before you
5)You do have to worry about missing the last bus and possibly spending the night away from home
6)You may have to wait in the rain for a bus or taxi
7)You do worry the driver won’t understand where you want to go and will take you to the wrong location
8)You have to find another way the shed those extra pounds.
9) You’re never sure when you will arrive at your destination.
For us personally, a car changed our lives. Yes, it came with a headache and responsibility and a need for an exercise program, but it also came with freedom. When we lived in North America we took for granted the freedom owning a car offers . You have to choose which you prefer, to car or not to car.
written by Deborah