How to Book a Greyhound Bus

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How to book a greyhound bus

People need to get places. For short distances, taxis and public transportation are great options, but they are too pricey or not possible for longer journeys. Trains can also be a great option, but buses are often an overlooked transportation method. Greyhound buses have become a little bit iconic within the American mind. Even though everyone knows about them, very few people know how to actually take them. Read on for everything you need to know about booking a Greyhound a bus.

How do I book a Greyhound bus ticket? Greyhound is one of the easiest places to book a ticket through. They have a website, an app, a customer service line, and stations. Booking through their website and app are incredibly easy. Going straight to the station is another great way of booking your next bus trip. If you can avoid calling and booking your ticket, do. Greyhound charges a $15 fee when you book your ticket over the phone.

How much does a Greyhound bus ticket cost? Greyhound can be an incredibly inexpensive way to travel the country. Ticket prices depend on when and where you are going. You can go to the Greyhound website to figure out exactly what the cost of your ticket will be.

Where should I sit? People always head to the back of the bus. If you want a better chance of sitting alone, sit at the front. It’s also safer because people don’t act up close to the authority figure: the bus driver.

What can I bring on a Greyhound bus? You’re allowed to bring one carry on and one checked bag. Carry ons have to fit in the above head compartment and weigh under 25 pounds. Checked bags must weigh under 50 pounds.

What can’t I bring? No sharp objects, guns, hoverboards, or martial arts equipment are allowed on the buses in checked or carry on bags. Alcohol is also not permitted on the bus. Sporting goods, tools, and instruments are allowed in checked bags only.

Do bags cost extra? You’re allowed one checked bag with your ticket. Any extra bags are $15 each up to three bags.

Where do Greyhound buses go? Greyhound buses go so many places. You can explore all the places the buses go through the Explore Places tab on Greyhound’s website or by clicking here. You can travel to an abundance of places all over the country from small towns to huge cities.

When do I need to arrive for the bus? Plan to arrive an hour before you leave. You need to check in, find your bus, and line up. Usually this is a quick process, but on busy days, it can take awhile. Line up the moment you can because that means you’ll be the first to pick your seat, which makes a huge difference.

If you’ve never taken a Greyhound bus somewhere, you should consider it for your next trip. It can be a fast and inexpensive way of getting around. The bus is also an interesting vantage point to look at the country in a new way.

Everything You Need to Know About Taxis in Vancouver

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Vancouver is an incredible city to be a part of permanently or temporarily. From its amazing outdoorsy venues to the bustling city scape to the waterfront, there is something for everyone. The city is one of Canada’s most famous and popular places to live and visit. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, so it’s no wonder people flock there. Getting around anywhere can be a dilemma, and that is only magnified in a city of this size.

How do I hail a taxi? Hailing a taxi in Vancouver could not be easier. If you’re staying in a hotel, the hotel will be happy to arrange a taxi for you. You can also hail a taxi on the street, like in many other cities around the world.

What are the taxi companies in Vancouver? Five taxi companies operate in Vancouver. Though, there are several other taxi companies operating in the surrounding areas. Within the city of Vancouver the taxi companies are Yellow Cab Co, Vancouver Taxi, Maclure’s Cabs, Burnaby Select Taxi, and Black Top & Checker Cabs.

Are taxis safe in Vancouver? As long as you make sure to hail a cab from one of the five taxi companies, you will have no problem staying safe in Vancouver’s taxis.

Do Vancouver taxis take debit or credit cards? Yes. All Vancouver taxis are equipped to accept credit and debit cards. You won’t have any problem paying.

What does a taxi cost in Vancouver? Vancouver regulates all taxi companies operating within city limits by setting the fare so you won’t be overcharged. The rate is dependent on time and distance. Each ride starts at $2.75 with a per kilometer rate of $1.60. Rates may be higher at night, and rates are always subject to change without warning.

How do I get to or from the airport in Vancouver? Taxis are available twenty-four hours a day seven days a week at the airport and around the city. Taxis may not be the most cost efficient way to get to and from the airport, but they are the fastest and most efficient. The airport is situated in the Richmond area of Vancouver, so there are sixteen taxi companies operating in the area. Vehicles will vary greatly in make and color. You can hail a taxi outside the Domestic or International terminals any time of the day. Fares will cost you between $23 and $26 to go from the airport to downtown Vancouver.            

TaxiFareFinder is a helpful resource to use when you need to figure out how much your next ride will be. You can find out how much your next taxi ride will be in Vancouver here!

Getting a Taxi at the Singapore Airport in 2019

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Singapore is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. With a booming economy and tourist industry, the airport is an important part of the city. Changi airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia and rated the best airport in the world for seven years in a row. Changi boasts world class art and sculptures, activities for all ages, gardens, a maze, educational experiences, heritage sites, galleries, a 24 hour movie theater, and more. It is a wonder people would even want to leave the airport.

Located on the eastern side of the island Nation, Changi Airport is just a few kilometers from everything. In 2018 alone, the airport saw over 65 million people fly through their terminals.

Taxis are the most convenient, comfortable, and fastest way to get the twenty kilometers from the airport to the downtown area of the city or vice versa. Changi has five terminals: 1, 2, 3, Budget, and JetQuay, which is upscale. Terminals 1, 2, and 3 have taxi stands in the terminal. The Budget terminal has taxis right outside the terminal, and JetQuay passengers share a taxi stand with Terminal 2. Help desks can help you find the taxi stand if you’re having trouble locating it.

Most taxi drivers speak English, so you should not a have problem letting them know the location of your hotel or destination. If they do not speak English, you can show them the written address from your hotel confirmation or a guidebook. The ride takes about thirty minutes and is full of beautiful scenery.

Taxis in Singapore come in several colors blue, black, grey, white, red, cream, green, and even yellow. They are all legal and fully licensed. The twenty kilometer ride will cost between $20 and $35 depending on the day and time of day. On weekends, late nights, holidays, and between certain times an additional surcharge may be added on top of the metered fair.

Taxis are the preferred way of getting around Singapore because they are the cheapest, the cleanest, the fastest, and most drivers speak English. Taxi stands are located all over the airport and city, so you should not have a problem locating one. There is hardly a more convenient way to get around the island nation. 

To find your taxi fare from Changi Airport, try using our taxi fare calculator.

Foul Odor Remedies (for Vehicles and other enclosed spaces)

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Get rid of foul car smells fast!

Need to quickly get rid of a foul odor inside your car or taxi cab? Having a stinky car can definitely derail business and thus your bottom line as a driver. Here are our top tips for getting your car back to it’s factory fresh smell.

  1. Roll down the Windows. It seems simple but sometimes the best (and quickest) thing to do is to roll down the windows and let some fresh air in. This should always be your first step!
  2. Air fresheners or an air freshening spray, like Febreeze, in the car at all times is a must have! If you would rather take a more natural approach try keeping an open container of coffee in the car or some cotton balls dipped in vanilla essence. While this may not mask a rotten food spill, it will keep your car smelling generally nice day round.
  3. Vacuuming. Unfortunately, difficult odors have staying power because they can easily infiltrate the upholstery in the vehicle. Getting rid of those odors takes a little bit more work than hanging up an air freshener or opening the windows. However, vacuuming is a great way to get rid of a lot of odors in a car. It pulls the unfortunate smells out of the upholstery and leaves the car smelling fresh and clean.
  4. Baking Soda. Leaving an open box of baking soda in a car will help soak up any nasty odors. If there is a spill that leaves the car smelling especially icky, you can sprinkle baking soda directly on the spill. Leave the baking soda on the spill for a few hours, then vacuum the baking soda away.
  5. Activated Charcoal. Like baking soda, activated charcoal also does wonders in soaking up rotten smells. You can buy it in bulk online and keep it in your trunk for emergencies.

What are your top tips for getting rid of unfortunate smells? No matter the method we find that you always want to take care of the smell right away, so it can’t worsen.

Top Tips to Avoid Taxi Scams While Traveling Internationally

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While most taxi cab drivers are honest, hard working individuals, there are always a few who may try to pull the wool over their customers eyes. Unfortunately, running into taxi scams while traveling, especially to an unfamiliar place is fairly common. It is important to do you due diligence in researching your expected taxi routes, rules, and fares before traveling so you will be more alert if anything seems fishy. Here are our top tips for avoiding a taxi scam.

1. Research, Research, Research

As we briefly mentioned above, research is your best friend when traveling. When it comes to taking taxis, it helps to know an estimate of how much your taxi should cost as well as any surcharges that you can expect on your trip. You can use TaxiFareFinder to find your fare estimate and then print the page out or save it onto your phone so you can refer to it while traveling. If you act knowledgeable about how much the fare should cost when first entering your taxi, the chances are slim that your driver will still try to scam you.

Some other pieces of information you may want to have on hand are a map with an ideal travel route, expected surcharges, and the starting amount that should be on the meter when you first enter the taxi.

2. Take pictures

Take pictures of your taxi, driver’s name, and taxi license number. With a licensed taxi these should all be found easily on the outside of the taxi or in plain sight from the back seat of the taxi. Hopefully, you will not need this information but if you do have an issue this will make filing your complaint much simpler!

3. Bring small bills!

A common scam by taxi drivers around the world is to claim that they do not have change for you at the end of the ride. Try to avoid overpaying for your fare by carrying lots of ones and fives! If you do not have any small bills, try to find a taxi with a working credit card machine or hop in a convenience store and buy a small item such as a pack of gum in order to get change.

4. Prepare to negotiate

Many taxis around the world use meters, a per mile and per minute fare calculation, but some places still do not use meters. These locations rely on a flat rate payment method in which you will settle on a fare with your driver before you get into your cab. Here is where your pre-trip research will pay off! If you know that the fixed fare from the airport to downtown is $20, you can turn down a driver’s suggestion of a $30 fare with confidence. Do not get into the vehicle until you have agreed on a fare you are comfortable paying. A good place to do some research on local fares is either through the TaxiFareFinder Calculator or by asking some locals on the RideGuru Forum.

Another scam that is similar to above and important to note is the “broken meter” scam in which the driver pretends the meter is broken and tells you what the fare will be. The fare usually turns out to be higher than the metered fare. Do not get into a taxi with a broken meter unless you negotiate the fare ahead of time and believe it to be reasonable!

5. Save your receipt!

Make sure to always get a receipt from your driver that shows the amount you paid. If you need to file a claim you will be asked to provide your receipt.

Hopefully, your next taxi journey will go smoothly without any scam induced headaches but if you ever feel uneasy in a taxi remember you can always get out! There are plenty of taxis to choose from, it is not worth dealing with a poor driver!

How to Pack the Perfect Carry On Bag for Air Travel

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Carry ons are an important part of flying. When flying, passengers are allowed to bring a carry on and a small personal item with them into the cabin of the plane. Larger or heavier suitcases must be checked below the plane. There are so many rules and regulations about flying; it is important to understand what is allowed and what is not allowed in a carry on before you hop on your next flight.

When traveling, there are a lot of things to consider and do. Packing is one of those important aspects. If you are going on a short trip, you can probably pack everything you need for your trip in your carry on so you can save some money by not checking a bag at the airport. If you are checking a bag, packing items you may need on the plane is exactly what a carry on is for. Even if you are checking a bag, you should pack a toothbrush and an extra pair of clothes in your carry on. Just in case your flight is delayed or your bag is lost, having the extra set of clothes can be a real lifesaver.

There are size regulations for everything on an airplane. Carry ons cannot be bigger than nine inches by fourteen inches by twenty-two inches.

Generally, liquids are not allowed through security. You are allowed to have one clear quart sized, ziploc bag. Within the bag you can have 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid within the bag. This allows a person to bring 3.4 ounces of shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, body wash, or something else on the plane with them. These are essentials.

Airlines have prohibited certain items to be placed in carry ons. Sharp items, like knives or blades of any kind, are not allowed in carry ons. Other items not allowed in carry ons are: sporting equipment, self defense items, snow globes, shoe inserts, gel candles, and guns. These items can be transported in checked baggage. Under any circumstances, you cannot bring chemicals, flammable items, or explosive materials in carry on or checked baggage.

Packing a carry on is a personal decision. Essentials for one person are not essentials for others. You should always pack a change of clothes, personal care items, and toothbrush in case of a delay. You should also pack your laptop or any other valuables in your carry on. Packing headphones and a book are a great way to help pass the time while in the air. Lastly, a word of advice, gum (while not essential!) will help keep your ears from popping while you’re getting to altitude.

What to do when Your Flight is Delayed Overnight

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Flying makes traveling a great deal faster and more efficient than it ever has been. Even though, it is one of the best ways to get between far distances, there can be hiccups and plans do not always go according to plan. Flights are delayed for a variety of reasons ranging from weather to staff shortages to mechanical malfunctions to a plethora of other reasons. These delays can be an inconvenience and frustrating to deal with. However, most stressful of delays is an overnight delay when you are in a new and unfamiliar city.

You should know your rights. If your flight is delayed or cancelled, you are entitled to being rebooked or refunded. Make sure to read the airline’s policies and fine prints. Depending on the airline, you are entitled to different services depending on the conditions of the delay.

The very first thing you need to do when your flight has been delayed is go straight to the airline’s help desk. Make sure to to approach the airline’s staff as calmly and politely as possible. Anger and frustration are understandable in this situation, but the kinder you are the better service you tend to receive. Airport staff are often swamped especially during a delay. It is also important to note that you never want to leave the airport without re-booking your flight because you could be marked as a no-show and lose eligibility for compensation or re-booking.

If you used a credit card to book your flight, you might qualify for trip delay protection. Some credit cards offer this depending on the circumstances of the delay so make sure to check!

Just remember, there is nothing you can do about a delay. It is an inconvenience, but they do happen to even the most experienced travelers. 

After you have officially been re-booked or refunded, the next thing you should do is ask the help desk for food or accommodation vouchers. Travelers are often entitled to drink or meal vouchers when the delay is longer than a set amount of time. When you’re delayed overnight, you should definitely inquire about accommodations. Many airlines will place their customers in a hotel during an overnight delay depending on the circumstances surrounding the delay. 

Lastly, turning to social media can help. It sounds odd, but Twitter can be your friend. Social media is public, and airlines want to keep their customers happy. Turn to Twitter and let the airline know what is going on in a polite and respectful manner. They can often help faster than the airline staff at the airport.

Overnight delays are never in the plan. They can throw off travel plans. It is important to do your research and vet all your options. Never sign anything until you know you are getting the very best deal for the inconvenience the delay has caused you.

What You Need to Know Before Renting a Car in Europe

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There are so many ways to get around Europe. The Eurail and planes are popular ways of getting from country to country for cross continental trips. Public transportation is another great way to get around big cities with the infrastructure. However, sometimes the best way to get around Europe is by renting a car and driving yourself through your next adventure.

Can I drive from one country to another in Europe with my rental car?

Renting a car and driving in Europe is a little different than in the United States. As Europe consists of many countries bordering one another, and it can be easy to drive from one country to another. However, the rental car agencies car insurance only covers specific countries. When you rent a car in Europe, there will be countries you can and cannot go to legally based on the rental company and their policies. It is important to check with the rental car company before you embark to make sure you can drive to or through the countries you are planning on going with your rental car. 

Are there tolls in Europe?

Vignettes are also an important part of driving in Europe. They are very similar to American toll tags. Vignettes can be purchased at gas stations within the country and are placed in the windshield; they cost between ten and fifteen euros depending on the country. They are proof you have the right to drive on the road and that you have paid your highway taxes. There are signs when you cross the border to remind you because people think they are a tourist trap, which they are not. Not having a vignette can result in a fine of 150 euros or more depending on the country. Many times rental car companies will provide your vehicle with the proper Vignettes so make sure to inquire as to whether or not you are already good to go!

Can I rent a car in Europe but return it at another location?

Renting a car in Europe is an affordable way to get around Europe. The exception to this is if you are planning a one way trip. Renting a car at one destination and returning it at another destination makes a huge difference in the cost of renting a car on a Europe trip. It can be a thousand euros or more to return the car at another location than where you originally rented it. To keep the cost down, schedule your trip so you rent and return the car at the same location. It is an easy way to make renting a car more affordable.

Do I need rental car insurance?

As previously discussed, rental car insurance is very important and you cannot get away without buying it. However, you may be able to save money on your rental car insurance simply by using the right credit card! When you make reservations with certain credit cards, there is rental insurance already provided through the credit card company. This can save you a bunch of money on insurance.

Where can I rent a car in Europe?

Lastly, it is important to note that airports are by far the most convenient place to rent cars, but they are always more expensive than renting from other locations. You will pay for the convenience. If you are on a tight budget, look into taking public transportation from the airport to another rental car location.

Renting a car is a great way to get around Europe. Look at your itinerary and do a little due diligence to make sure you can go where you want and are not price gouged.

Common Questions and Answers About Currency Exchange

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Money is an important part of life. It is also an important part of travel, especially when you’re traveling abroad. Going abroad usually includes exchanging currency from one into another. People are often intimidated or confused by the process but luckily, it is not a complicated process. Knowing the ins and outs will help you feel secure before and during your travels while also being able to avoid common mistakes made by others.

What is currency exchange? Currency exchange is when you take your money and turn it into money used by the local people and country you are planning on visiting. You can’t spend American dollars in Paris because they use euros.

 What is the exchange rate? An exchange rate is how much one of your currency is in another currency. For example, one American dollar is equal to .88 euro (as of the date of the article). Exchange rates are based on stock markets, margins, and more. From day to day, the exchange rates stay approximately the same, but they do vary over time.

Where should you exchange currency? There are lots of places you can exchange currency. Foreign airports have currency exchanges, but these are one of the worst places to exchange your money. Airports are convenient, but they have a much higher exchange margins and rates, which means you get less money than you would other places. Your personal bank can order currency for you before you leave on your trip. You can also compare rates and purchase currency online. Popular and credible places to look are coinmill.com, bestexchangerates.com, and Travelex.

Are ATMs a good way to go? ATMs are incredibly convenient. They can also be a better option than a currency exchange. This depends on your bank and their foreign transaction policies. ATMs often charge a transaction fee. If you decide to pull out cash from an ATM, it is best to pull out a large sum at once to minimize the amount of fees charged.

Are credit cards better than cash? Having a large wad of cash on you while traveling can be anxiety inducing. Using credit cards while traveling is a great way of not keeping cash on you while you are abroad. Some credit cards charge transaction fees when used in foreign destinations. Not all. These fees can add up quickly.  It is best to check with your credit card company to see what their foreign transaction policies are. 

Exchanging currencies can be daunting the first time you do it, but it is actually a very simple process. Checking to make sure you are getting the best exchange rates and not being gouged at the airport is a great way to save yourself some money so you can spend that cash on your next adventure.

When to Walk and When to Call a Taxi or Uber

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Should I walk or Take a taxi?

Cabs and rideshare services are a great way to get around when you’re traveling, living in a big city, or just need to get somewhere. Walking is also a great and healthy way to get around cities. There are times when walking might even be a better and faster way of getting where you want to go than taking a cab or rideshare service.

Taking a taxi or an Uber a few blocks does not always make sense. If the weather is nice, walking is a better option than riding. A few blocks is a quick walk. Driving might even take longer than walking due to traffic and lights and finding a safe place to stop. Often times, cars have to take longer and more drawn out routes to get places. Foot traffic can take more direct paths and can even take short cuts. Cities are full of one way streets making driving longer and more complicated than being a pedestrian. 

Cab services and rideshares do not like traveling to you. Scheduling a taxi or a rideshare is convenient, but it can cost you money. Depending on how far they have to travel to you, some cabs or rideshares will charge you a higher fee to pick you up. Many services also have minimum fares for trips. For short distances you will still pay a set fee in order to make it worth the trip for the drivers and the company. Before booking your next taxi or rideshare, it’s important to look and see if walking is an option because deciding to walk a few blocks saves you money.

Walking is a great way to interact with the city and the people in it. Using the sidewalks can introduce you to a side of the city you can’t see from a car. There are times when walking is not such a great option, though.

There are times when walking may not be a great option, and you should call a taxi or rideshare service for a ride. Being intoxicated is a huge reason to call for a ride. It is never a good idea to walk or drive when you are under the influence, so always air on the side of safety and call a cab or rideshare service. Low mobility is another reason to call for a ride. You should never put your own physical health in jeopardy by walking. Some areas of town can be less safe than others. Walking alone at night can be a safety hazard. If you feel like your safety is at risk, it is always best to air on the side of safety and call a cab or rideshare service.

Walking is a great option for getting around, and it saves money. Walking is not always an option, which is why cab and rideshare services were created. When in doubt, riding is a great way to get around.