Saving money is always at the top of our list when traveling. One way to do this is by saving money on flights which you should check out HERE! Visiting a new city, the first thing I always do is try to find a hotel down town. This ensures that we can walk pretty much everywhere we want to go. But sometimes hotels are booked or the rates are too high so we stay on the outskirts. In this case, I have had to get very good at learning a city’s public transportation. The best thing is that there are so many apps to help figure it out!
This app has saved my life multiple times! When I am fresh off an airplane and my hotel doesn’t have a shuttle, I immediately check Transit! It is the best way to utilize google maps and all of the public transportation! What I love about this app compared to my normal maps app is that you can choose a departure time and know when the transit is schedule! That helps a lot to be able to plan for later in the day or tomorrow.
The other nice thing is that it is so easy to switch between standard map view and satellite or even a hybrid! This makes navigating a new city so easy because you can see the city so well!
Okay my other favorite app is TripGo, BUT it is not available in every city… That is seriously the only down side to this awesome application! You start by choosing your preferred transportation. I.E. public, ride share, bicycle, etc. Next you pick your preferences such as saving money, reducing carbon emissions, and exercising! How awesome is that? This app will actually include more walking if you say that you want more exercise! And you can also choose wheel chair friendly options of you need to!
I even used this app when I lived in Salt Lake City. That is how much I love it! I learned so much about all of the transportation options even after I had been living there for years!
Okay this one is an obvious app that everyone should have, UBER! If you don’t have the Uber app, join the 21st century and download it now! And if you do have the app and haven’t used Uber Pool yet, just do it! I was skeptical and nervous at first but I have never had a bad experience! Uber Pool for those of you that don’t know is when you share an Uber with other riders. Everyone splits the cost and the driver fills their car for a trip across town! It is a win-win for everyone involved. Everyone we have pooled with has been super chill and we have met some awesome people! You can have up to 2 people so this is perfect when my boyfriend, Tyrell, and I travel because we can both ride share together!
Uberpool is so worth it and I am so happy that I gave it a try! And on a side note, did you see that you can now split the fare for your Uber rides? It is an awesome new feature that makes it super easy to split the Uber fare with your friends!
And as always, don’t forget the obvious apps! Some of the other ways I get around are: