• Posted:Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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Beware of catching a Prague taxi

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Beware of catching a Prague taxi
Even hardened travellers can feel somewhat trepidatious about visiting a new city - they step off the plane and their stomach's twisting with a mixture of both excitement and a tinge of fear, something that I'm sure is twice as bad for all those lone wolves out there who like to head off on their own. (It happens to me and I'm convinced I'm not the only one.) However, if you've booked yourself a hostel in Prague and have never been to the area before, read this blog before you panic and you're likely to be able to navigate your way around a bit easier, even if it's just from the airport to your hostel.

European travel specialist Rick Steves of Tribune Media Services noted that characters of disrepute often "lurk" at tourist trap-esque areas, such as stations and airports, many of them waiting to "take advantage of tired travellers" and Prague is certainly no exception.

At the city's main railway, people have been warned by the goodly Mr Steves to keep their eyes peeled for cabbies parked at official stands as these are no more than "a gang of no-good thieves" and if you get in one of their cars, you're quite likely to be charged five times the going rate.

Instead of taxis, Mr Steves recommended that cautious travellers who want to keep hold of their holiday money consider getting the Metro. Chances are, this will be substantially cheaper and possibly quicker. What's more, you'll get a much more instant feel for the town you're in by going it alone and not relying on crooked taxi drivers.

And while in Prague, don't forget to check out the gay scene that's on offer as there are lots of restaurants and eateries that cater for people of all persuasions.

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