When planning a trip, there’s something that can often times gets overlooked and saved for last minute- transportation. Even though it may not be the most crucial part of the trip, it’s still important! Luckily, there are many options to choose from when deciding how you’ll be getting around on that next getaway.
Renting a car is probably the most popular way travelers get around. The great thing about it is that it allows you to be flexible and run on your own time. Renting a car is a good choice when traveling in groups or when you have a road trip planned as part of your itinerary. However, it can be a pain if you’re traveling around a place with limited parking, so I don’t suggest it for a city trip. If you are planning to rent, consider booking with Turo. It’s like the AirBnb of cars! This car sharing app offers great prices on privately owned cars.
If you’re staying in a metropolitan city, public transit is the way to go. Not only is it the most affordable option, it’s fast and usually efficient. There are several apps that can help you navigate the system if it becomes too overwhelming. The downside is that it runs on a schedule, so if you’re on a time crunch, it may not be the best choice for you. From my experience, I learned that after a few trips of figuring it out on your own, it becomes super easy!
Ride sharing (Uber, Lyft, & local apps):
Ride sharing apps have completely transformed the way we get around. Drivers are all around and they’re just a quick request away. My favorite thing about using them is that most drivers are familiar with the place you’re visiting. This makes for some helpful (and free) tour guides! Often times, I’ve liked a driver so much on a trip that I ended up calling them for the rest of my transportation and just paid them on my own. Make friends with your drivers, you won’t regret it!
As of recently, electric scooters have been a new preferred way of getting around. There are several different companies running them, including Uber and Lyft, depending on the city you’re visiting. The scooter renting process is simple and cheap. It charges you based on the time you’re using it for, and you can stop at any time you feel like. The best part is once you stop, you can just leave them wherever you are as long as it’s within the radius! Just snap a quick picture of where you’ve parked it, and get on your way.
Saved the best for last! Walking is my all time favorite way of getting around a new place. Although it may not always be possible or ideal, I highly recommend doing it any chance you get. There are many unexpected places and sights you come across when you’re on foot. Things like restaurants or landmarks that you may have never seen otherwise. I’ve seen so many unique things from simply making the choice to walk around. It really adds to the experience of getting to know a foreign place!