Don´t you just love taxi cabs? You just never know what sort of trip you will have when you climb into one, whether its near home or in a far flung city. They can be easy, but then again"?¦they can be the biggest hurdle in your attempt to get to your hotel or meeting, especially if you don´t speak the native language.
This week we look at the wonderful world of taxis in other places.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. FINDING THE DAMN THINGS
Where is a taxi when you need one? Taxi stands usually have a sign. It may have a picture of a car or it may just be the sign with lots of cars parked around it.
2. HOLD YOUR GROUND
Many taxi "assistants´ get a commission for getting foreigners into a cab. Especially in third-world countries. Take it slow, don´t be pushed or hurried into any vehicle. Take your time and assess the car and the driver and make sure you see the license. Getting into a fake cab (it will look different from the rest) may land you in serious trouble.
3. SHOW ME THE MONEY
Make sure the driver puts the meter on and if he doesn´t get out before he drives off or negotiate a fee before the cab leaves the curb. This means you wont be hit by a fee bigger than Ben Hur.