Driving abroad can be intimidating for a number of reasons. It requires plotting a route that won’t lead you into dead-end alleys or crashing through jungle vines or off the side of a cliff. You have to take responsibility for a rental car, likely putting down a good chunk of change for an insurance deposit. And you’ll need to learn foreign driving customs, dodge speeding locals, navigate dilapidated roads, and occasionally steer around livestock.
But facing those challenges is entirely worth it for the freedom of driving yourself through your vacation. While it may seem like work, driving enhances every other aspect of a trip. Here’s why you should get over your fears and rent a car.