Grown-up Travel Tip: Just arrived? Get to town without being fleeced

We’re in holiday mode here at Grown-up Travel Guide – as you read this post we’re exploring Sardinia in Italy with limited access to the internet to update the site. Still, rather than close up shop we delved into the archives and have dusted off some of the earliest articles published back when we were lucky to get 50 readers a day.

So you may well have missed these, yet we consider them just as relevant and useful now so hopefully you’ll have something to tide you over before we return. Of course we’re still putting out daily photos and some new articles too – we’ve actually been abroad since last Thursday but scheduled the new stuff to automatically publish in our absence. See you in a couple of weeks!

Travel tip #1: ‘Johnny-just-come?’ (as they say in Ghana). Get help!

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Arriving in a new place can be stressful, and you’re seldom more vulnerable to being ripped off than landing at night in a strange airport, wherever you may be in the world. The same is true of bus and train stations too.

So what do you do to avoid being fleeced? Get sociable. Talk to your fellow passengers en route and ask the locals how much you should pay to get to town and how best to get there. Not only will you get the advice you need, you might just make a new friend and learn something about the place you’re visiting from an insider’s viewpoint.

You may even find that you’ve been sitting next to a boxing world champion and superstar without even knowing it as happened to my better half, but that’s another story…


Have you tried this method? Do you have any other tips for folk arriving in a new place needing to get to town? Maybe you think this is a stupid idea? Whatever, we want to hear from you. But we’ll still block any offensive stuff of course. Or spam…

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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