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September 4, 2011
14:58
Raphaël Serve
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Do we need a car to travel in a foreign country? If we need one, do we buy our own car or rent one in the country?

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September 4, 2011
21:36
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That greatly depends on where you are going and the length of time you will be there. In most countries I wouldn't think so. Where do you plan on traveling?

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September 10, 2011
00:07
Raphaël Serve
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I'm not 18 now so I can't travel as I want but, I ask to know if you take a car when you travel. An yu Benny how do you do when you're travelling?

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September 10, 2011
07:42
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I've been travelling for almost a decade and I *JUST* got my first driving license 2 weeks ago! So you definitely do not need a car to travel wink

Public transport, or getting rides from people has served me fine all this time. I will try out having a car and will rent one for the month I'm in Chicago and see what it's like. The states is the only place I really feel put out for not having one since the whole country is designed for tin cans rather than human beings...

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September 10, 2011
08:04
Chrystal G.
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The American transportation system is a complete joke! We are probably the only country in the world that nearly requires you to have a vehicle of some sort. You're actually better off in Chicago or San Fransisco, however, without a car than you would be in Vegas. From my home here, I would have to walk about five miles to the nearest bus stop...wherever the heck that is! What I would give for trains, trolleys and subways in my town. :( I can't wait for Germany! I will be riding the trains with my face stuck to the glass the entire time! :D

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September 10, 2011
22:14
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Tell me about it. I live in Orlando which has some of the worst public transportation and urban sprawling I have ever seen. So I just ride my bike everywhere because I refuse to blow thousands of dollars on a car. 

Benny, the public transportation in Chicago is quite good and bike friendly. You'll be fine. 

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July 4, 2013
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Of course, the car - it's not a necessity. If you are traveling for a few weeks, for sure you will experience the lack of own transport. Is that right?

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July 5, 2013
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Stephanie S
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Having a car is really nice. It gives you freedom to go where you want, when you want. Public transportation can be nice too, but it can also be perpetually frustrating. Also, in some countries it's funded through taxes, so even if you're never use it, you still have to pay for it. If you're travelling somewhere short-term, you probably don't need a car, but that's not a reason to bash car ownership. I've never owned a car, and I know how inconvenient it can be. The United States have a unique history, culture, and landscape. The country is very big. It has been only recently civilised, so spaces are wide between settlements. Most of the people who chose to move there did so because they were able to own their own land, and Americans still value having spaces between them and their neighbours. The assembly line car was invented in the US, but even before that, it was common for even the relatively poor to own their own horses/oxen, etc, and that ownership and the freedom that came with it were also valued by Americans as part of the American dream. It's true that lazy people over-use cars in the US, but it's also true that there are many considerations and good reasons that go into the wide use of cars there.

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