Exploring Your Transportation Options

Exploring Your Transportation Options


Anyone who drives regularly knows that the price of gasoline has dropped recently, back to levels not seen since 2003. This is good news for motorists who have been straining under price levels that pushed gasoline past four dollars a gallon earlier this summer. Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief Cruise Shipand  enjoying what may prove to be only a temporary drop in gas prices.

Regardless of where gas prices are a week, a month or a year from now, you may still have your mind set on exploring other transportation options besides trading in your sport/utility vehicle for one of those new-fangled hybrid models. Beyond that, other ways to save involve using mass transit with mixed results for some people. If you live near a major metropolitan area, then your options are good, if not good luck with that!

So what are your options? Think bus and train to begin with but also consider plane and ship. Yes, there are even carpooling or ride share options available for the person who wants to try something different. Read on for some tips on how you can share your ride whether on highway, rail, water or in the sky.

Amtrak – Moving by rail has fallen in disfavor over the years, but for people living in or near densely populated areas of the country, getting from one city to another one by train remains a good option for them. Fares vary, but specials and booking information is posted to the website at www.amtrak.com

Greyhound – Greyhound (greyhound.com) is the dominant bus company across the US, with lots of local, regional even government run operations in existence. New operators are Megabus (megabus.com) and Boltbus (boltbus.com) with the latter offering fares as low as $10 from NYC to Philadelphia.

Flying – Airfare wars seem to be a thing of the past, but don’t let that stop you from seeking out some very special deals. Best bets are low cost carriers such as Southwest (southwest.com) plus some of the regional operators including Mesa Airlines (mesa-air.com). Check sites such as Priceline.com, Travelocity.com and Expedia.com for specials, but always check the airline sites directly for the lowest fares.

Boat – You’re planning to travel to Europe anyway, so why not take a slow boat (or ship)? If time isn’t an issue and rest and relaxation is, cruising remains a very popular way for people to get away, and is even affordable if you book through some of the sites mentioned under Flying.

Share a Ride – If you don’t mind riding with one or more strangers, then why not go to your final destination together? ErideShare (erideshare.com) and sites like it help commuters and travelers to hook up, providing an affordable and convenient way for people to get from one point to another one.

Besides saving gas, using alternative forms of transportation can extend the life of your vehicle and stretch the time between oil changes, tune ups, and other car maintenance tasks. Shop around for the best deals and you can turn your next excursion into a budget preserver.

Adv. — If you are looking for discount travel deals, why not visit nBuy.com to help you begin your research into leisure oriented savings?


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".