8 Travel Tips to Plan Ahead of Time

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travel tips to plan ahead of time

Heading on a trip soon for an early Holiday excursion? Even if you’re not, we wanted to share a list of useful tips to use whenever you are traveling, even just for the weekend! Many people start their adventures without thinking about what to do before they leave to make the most of their time, and we are here to give you some helpful things to do before you hop on the plane.

travel tips to plan ahead of time

  1. Check into your flight ahead of time. Most Airlines will allow you to check into your flight before you get to the Airport, which can help you avoid some of the long lines once you get to the Airport.
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  2. Staying in a hostel or Airbnb? Make sure you purchase travel size commodities ahead of time, and remember that you can bring up to 3 ounces on an airplane, so most travel sizes will fit! This will make it easier so you don’t have to find a convenience store once you get there (it may also be more expensive to purchase if you wait).travel tips
  3. If you’re going to a non-English speaking country, it’s important that you have at least basic knowledge and understanding of the language they speak so you are able to communicate at an elementary level when necessary. Purchasing a language book may also be helpful!planning travel ahead of time
  4. Purchase a nice, durable backpack to carry around with you at all times. This makes it easy to carry snacks, water, and additional clothes you may need while exploring the area you are traveling. With a organized packed backpack hopefully you won’t have to go back to your Airbnb the whole day and can focus on your adventures!
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  5. This sounds old school, but printing out a map of the area you are going is always very useful in exploring a new city, especially if you won’t be able to use cell service! Let yourself get lost in exploring for a little while, but let the map guide your way back.
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  6. Traveling to a destination without a vehicle? One of the most important things to arrange ahead of time is your transportation arrangements. You can even use our taxi fare calculator that will help you calculate the cost and duration of your taxi ahead of time. And if you’re looking for a comparison of different rideshare companies in the area, try out Ride Guru to relieve the stress that transportation can be.order money ahead of time
  7. Order Currency! Check with your credit card providers first to see if they charge any international fees (most do, usually 3%). If they don’t have a charge, you may not need to order currency ahead of time but it is a must if you will not be able to use your credit card without a fee. Go to your local bank to exchange money at the least expensive rate. Also, always check that you are receiving the correct currency amount based on the current exchange rate (available through Google or sites like x-rates).proactive travel tips
  8. Don’t forget to pack your passport and any other legal travel documents you need! If you’re going on an extended stay, make sure you have some type of insurance as well.

Oh, and one last thing, enjoy your trip! Make the most of your time spent and challenge yourself to adventure in places you never dreamed of exploring.



Help Us to Keep Rideshares Transparent!

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With the release of our new site, RideGuru, the TaxiFareFinder/RideGuru team has become passionate about bringing transparency to the ridesharing community. Rideshares, such as Uber and Lyft, have their benefits but they also can be hampered by a lack of transparency.

Take a look at the video below to see how RideGuru is helping to bring insight into the ridesharing industry and let us know your thoughts below!

Top 5 Places to Take a Taxi This Fall

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Summer is over and it’s no longer perfect weather for the beach. Have no fear, there are still so many places to go this fall! No matter what city you live in, there is a place for you to take your taxi. So hop into Fall and enjoy the ride!


  1. Apple Picking: ‘Tis the season of fresh crisp apples! Even if you’re from the city, there is bound to be an apple orchard nearby, and a taxi can always take you there! Enjoy the fruit, and don’t forget to grab a cider donut on your way out!hot-air-balloon
  2. Hot Air Balloon Ride: Although this is not your every-day fall activity, riding in a hot air balloon ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will want to try this fall. Make a day out of it and enjoy the beautiful view! tailgate
  3. Your local football game: Even if you’re not a sports fan, make sure to at least stop by your local football game and tailgate, if only for the food. This is a staple event of fall and a can’t-miss experience. potluck
  4. Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: Come one, come all! A potluck dinner is an awesome event to have in the fall, so talk with your friends and plan a group gathering! And don’t worry about driving through the city with your mashed potatoes — grab a taxi for a no-worry drive!foliage2
  5. Foliage at the park: Last but not least, make sure you take some time to enjoy the changing scenery around you! Fall is everywhere, and it goes by quickly, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Wherever you go this fall, know that TaxiFareFinder is there as a resource.  Find your fare on our website and enjoy!

7 Unusual Taxis You Don’t See Every Day

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  1. A bike taxi painted and decorated like a piece of artwork!colorful small
  2. A high-speed Mercedes taxi cab with a futuristic look futuristic
  3. Hello Kitty decorated taxi! Whiskers and all! hello kitty
  4. This taxi that operates on land AND water!land and water
  5. A taxi with a sound quality like this one!

speaker6. This can’t be a time traveling taxi.. can it?

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7. This trendy taxi makes me want to take a ride to the mall! trendy

The Best and Worst Cities to Take a Taxi

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Attention travelers! We compiled a list of the best and worst cities to take a taxi in based on the reputation of the taxi service. We used factors including the quality of driving, quality of vehicles, cleanliness, safety, friendliness, knowledge, availability, and value.

Do you see your city on the list? Have you taken a cab in one of these cities? Let us know!

Top 14 Places to Hail a Ride to this Valentine’s Day Weekend!

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Need some last minute ideas for a Valentine’s Day Weekend in Boston? Our team has put together a list of the 14 best places to ensure you and your loved one have a fun filled romantic holiday weekend. Whether you plan to participate in just one activity or all 14 make sure to leave the car at home and grab your favorite rideshare or taxi so you can focus on cuddling with your favorite significant other!


1. Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott








Feeling a little groovy? Head to Club Caribe Salsa at the Marriott in Cambridge to dance the night away this Valentine’s Day. Lessons run from 8-10 p.m., at 10 p.m. the dance floor opens up to all.



2. Cruise Around the Harbor







Hit the high seas with your love this Valentine’s day! Complete with a gourmet dinner, live music, and spectacular views of the city, the Boston Harbor Odyssey dinner cruise is sure to put you and your loved one in the Valentine’s Day spirit.



3. Glass Blowing and Wine Tasting








Looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s weekend? Why not try a date at the Diablo Glass School! Sip on wine while enjoying a fun and entertaining glass blowing demonstration.



4. Heighten your Senses with Dining in the Dark








Looking for a one of a kind experience? Look no further than “Dining in the Dark”.  This sensory journey at the Hampshire House provides a full course dinner completely in the dark creating a heightened sense of taste, touch, scent, and sound!



5. Calling all the Single Ladies!








Looking for a fun girl’s night out this Valentine’s Day?  Head on over to Paint Nite where you and your fellow single ladies can enjoy a night of wine tasting, Taza chocolate, and of course painting!



6. Flirt Fest at the Bell in Hand










Want to spend the night out on the town this weekend? Take a taxi to the Bell in Hand Tavern where you can join in on their “Boston’s Biggest Flirt” contest all while enjoying cocktails and appetizers!



7. Couples Yoga at the Brattle House









Get your workout in and have fun with your significant other this Valentine’s Day through couples yoga at the Brattle House.



8. Fenway Park Winter Lights Show









Looking to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit in one of Boston’s most iconic venues? Head over to Fenway park this weekend for a fun lights show and tour!



9. Top of the Hub









Travel 52 floors above the Back Bay to experience one of Boston’s most renowned restaurants this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Enjoy the impressive views, classic music, and fantastic array of liquors with your date!



10. Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel








Looking for a romantic activity to fill up your Valentine’s Day! Look no further than Ice Skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Enjoy skating hand in hand with your loved one all while listening to classic love songs and taking in the views of the harbor.



11. Disney on Ice at the Garden










Sometimes it is just nice to be a kid! Bring your date or the whole family to this fun-filled Disney spectacle and sing along to dozens of Disney’s most popular songs.



12. Heartbeat at the MFA










Travel in your taxi to the MFA this weekend for a fine night of wine and art! The evening is even complimented with live music by a group of New England Conservatory students.



13. Champagne Dinner Dance








The wine expo is offering a special one night Champagne Dinner Dance on February 13th! Get in the romantic spirit with live music, dancing, and of course a few glasses of Moet & Chandon!



14. Wine & Chocolate!








What better way to express your love then through chocolate and wine pairings! The Boston Wine School is offering a night of dinner, fancy chocolates, and wine pairings to make your Valentine’s Day weekend truly “delicious”.





New to Rideshares? Watch these Helpful Tutorials!

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Did you know that TaxiFareFinder has created multiple videos to help you learn everything you need to know about taxis, rideshares, and fares? If you are new to the rideshare world or are curious how to find an estimated trip fare, take a look at some of these short videos below to learn more!


What Is Ridesharing?


RideGuru Tutorial – How to Use RideShares


What is RideGuru? Learn How to Compare your Rideshare Fares!

How Much Do You Save by Using Uber?

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“People use Uber because it’s convenient, easy and considered less expensive than traditional taxis. But how much cheaper is UberX — the company’s low-cost option — than a cab in Canadian cities” 

The question, “Which rideshare or taxi company is cheapest?” seems to be popping up a lot lately and with good reason. Consumers feel better about themselves and their purchases only when they believe they have found the best deal on the market. Our RideGuru Fare Comparison Calculator helps many people across the world compare costs of potential taxi and rideshare rides to find the company that provides the best deal. While many users find RideGuru helpful for estimating ride prices, our friends at The 10 and 3 took the data from RideGuru one step further and carefully examined the average Taxi and Uber prices in nine Canadian cities to study each cities overall “uber discount”.

According to their research, “In most Canadian cities with UberX, our study shows that the company charges between 30% and 50% less than what a taxi would charge for the identical route. Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal see the largest gain in picking Uber over a taxi, where customers save 50%, 44% and 41% of what their average taxi fare would be, respectively. On the other end, Quebec City (24%) and Hamilton (29%) see the smallest savings compared to the equivalent cab fare.” In short, the amount you save by using Uber depends a lot on the city you live in or are visiting.

Average UberX Savings in Canada

While Uber might come out ahead in terms of price, The 10 and 3 team want to remind readers that Uber might not always be the best choice over a cab, especially during times of peak surge pricing. According to the study, “each city has a unique point at which Uber fares need to rise before it becomes cheaper to hail a cab – in Toronto and Ottawa, it is roughly when fares are doubled, but in other Canadian cities it can be slightly less. As a rule of thumb, when surge prices pass the 2x mark, begin looking for a cab; unlike Uber, taxi rates remain the same, regardless of how busy they might be.”

The TaxiFareFinder team also wants to remind rideshare users that unlike taxis, rideshare companies are not currently government regulated. Each company has their own rules for hiring drivers, including background checks and vehicle safety requirements! Stay safe and ride happy!

To view the whole study visit The 10 and 3


TaxiFareFinder Releases New Mobile Site (Press Release)

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Our TaxiFareFinder team is excited to announce our newly optimized mobile-friendly website! Designed with our “on the go” fans in mind, the new site is user friendly and easy to navigate from all mobile and tablet devices. The new mobile-friendly site is organized vertically with buttons in the top menu that will bring a user directly to their desired place on the site allowing for quick and easy access to our many features. Also, the TO and FROM location boxes that help a user find an estimated fare are prominently shown to ensure easy access and quick taxi fare results. Try out our new mobile-friendly site today on your mobile or tablet device to see how simple it is to find rates and fares on the go!

To view the Press Release please click here.


To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.


Boston, Massachusetts – November, 2015 – TaxiFareFinder launched a newly optimized mobile-friendly website that offers information and resources to taxi and rideshare travelers. Designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate, the new site provides users with all the tools they need to quickly find fare estimates on the go.

The innovative new site has a responsive design that works well with mobile and tablet devices. After researching their user base, the TaxiFareFinder team determined that many of their visitors were accessing their site via mobile devices, leading to the creation of a mobile site that allows users to easily access key information with simple one-touch navigation.

TaxiFareFinder’s new mobile site is organized vertically with buttons in the top menu that will bring a user directly to their desired place on the site. Also the TO and FROM location boxes that help a user find an estimated fare are prominently shown to ensure easy access and quick results.

Once a user enters TO and FROM locations, details regarding estimated fare prices are produced in an easy to view graph. A detailed map of the route is also provided for the user’s convenience.

TaxiFareFinder hopes this engaging new platform will greatly benefit their users in quickly finding travel information and estimated fares via their mobile devices.


About the Company
TaxiFareFinder.com was launched in 2007 to help improve the communication between providers of ground transportation and their customers. The calculator tool is based on a proprietary algorithm that takes into account a multitude of considerations. TaxiFareFinder utilizes up-to-date taxi and rideshare rates from over 1000 localities, covering thousands of cities. This information is carefully and constantly monitored for its accuracy by their staff and supporters from an active community. TaxiFareFinder also offers tools, such as an API and WordPress plugin, which enables taxi companies and travel authorities to provide their own fare estimates on their websites or mobile applications. For additional questions or inquiries, please contact the TaxiFareFinder team via http://www.taxifarefinder.com/contactus.php

How Do You Ride

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Take a look at our most recent infographic outlining the results of a survey conducted on our website. Do you agree, is this how you ride?