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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips: Arranging Travel from the Airport

When you’re a compassionate humanitarian dedicated to providing help to those in dire need, you often rely on air travel to take you where you’re needed most. This article provides tips for picking up your journey after you’ve landed because probably, you still have some traveling to do.

Tips for Arranging Travel from the Airport.

Getting to your destination by air travel could be a real hassle, but you shouldn’t forget about the part that comes next. Arranging decent ground travel after you’ve landed can save a lot of time and money. Both of which are better spent helping those in need.

  1. Rent a car if you’re facing difficult terrain
    Limited accessibility to the desired destination is a common problem for humanitarian travelers. This is essentially attributed to transportation challenges that come along with a man-made crisis or a natural disaster. Renting a car gives you numerous advantages compared to using public transport and taxis.
  2. Bring cash
    Digital payments aren’t common in some developing countries. Be sure to bring some cash if you’re planning on getting a taxi or even renting a car. Remember to check with the rental company if they’re accepting anything other than cash payments.
  3. Sometimes it’s better to let a local drive
    Driving in some crowded countries can prove to be a harrowing experience. Arrange for a shuttle or taxi from the airport if you’re not entirely confident with driving yourself.
  4. Research reasonable rates and pre-schedule
    Taxi drivers may press you into paying more than is reasonable. Be sure to check, before your departure, the reasonable amount to pay for a taxi at your destination. Arranging pre-scheduled ground transport also saves you on the premium rates at airports.
  5. Check your insurance
    Decide whether to purchase the rental company's coverage after you've checked the coverage provided by your private or NGOs auto-insurance policy and/or the credit card you plan to use.
  6. Traveling with a group? Rent a van!
    Decided to drive yourselves? Rent a van to save a decent amount of money if you’re traveling with a group.
  7. Use good public transport for large but easy to reach distances
    You can save money, help the environment and reduce stress by taking public transportation. Be sure to check whether the public transport at your destination is reliable and affordable enough to consider using.
  8. Pack an emergency roadside kit
    Make room in your trunk for an emergency roadside kit! Carry jumper cables, a reflective warning triangle, an approved gas can, a tire puncture repair kit, some Q20 lubricant spray and a flashlight in case you’re stranded with your vehicle.
  9. Ask for an extra set of keys for your rental
    If you are renting a car for more than a few days, or if there is more than one authorized driver, ask the rental agency for a second set of keys in case one set gets lost, or you must split up because you, or your colleagues help, is temporarily needed elsewhere.
  10. Ask about local customs in traffic
    Did you know many countries require you to honk your horn before going around a sharp corner? Or to flash your lights before passing? These are just some examples of local customs of some countries. Should you drive yourself, make sure you know what to do in certain traffic situations.

The travel tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you're undertaking humanitarian travel. We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel where it is needed most, and we are glad to help you with every step of your journey. Want to know more? Follow our blog for more travel information.