I took a short three day trip to the Boston area to visit my very dear friend Kate. Kate and I have been friends since we were 15 years old! I am very blessed to have a friend for that long. We have literally grown up together.
We have shared crazy awkward and wild high school and college moments together. We have a lot of memories, good and bad. We’ve have experienced life together and it is absolutely amazing to share that stuff with a good friend. You don’t get to make friends like this as a middle-aged adult. You can have amazing friendships and develop new ones, but they will never know you like someone you grew up with. I don’t get to see Kate very often, but when I do, I know it will be filled with so much laughter that my face will hurt and we will exhaust ourselves with jokes, funny faces, and addictive giggling that will go long into the night.
Needless to say, I have been very excited about this trip for months. I will happily head into near arctic temperatures to see her because I know we will be sweating our asses off laughing so hard.
Anyway, what a boring topic, transportation. Transportation, how we get from place to place. We have so many options now. We can get to places by car, train, bus, airplane, boat, bike, walking. We have car categories such as taxi, rideshare options such as Uber or Lyft, this list goes on.
So how do we decide?
We have to consider the cost, time, and convenience of the transportation.
I had to decide if I was going to take an Uber, taxi, ask my husband for a ride, or drive myself. If I had a choice how I would get to the airport, I would have a ride from my husband right to the terminal, every time.
However, I am not that lucky, really ever. So, my next choice would be to pay for a ride right to the gate. Now, for a quick 3-day trip (see what I packed here), sometimes that is not the most economical option. I would consider myself a budget traveler and I try to maximize the trip and spend the least amount of money.
So, I chose to drive and instead of parking at the airport, I did a little google search ‘budget parking RDU off-site’ and found Fast Park and Relax website. With a name like that, I couldn’t go wrong right? I have used this lot before, but couldn’t remember the name. Not only did I find Fast Park and Relax I found that hotels nearby the airport offer very affordable parking as well.
For example, the Doubletree Hilton offers $4.45 a day parking and a free shuttle every 30 minutes! Amazing. I will definitely try that some time. This website culminates all the cheap off-site parking available in your area.
I played it safe and wanted peace of mind that it would all work out, so I choose Fast Park and Relax at $6.63/day.
This takes a little bit more time that parking at the airport because you need to take a shuttle and the shuttle ride is about 10 minutes, so you have to plan ahead and not be cutting it so close that you might risk missing your flight. I add an extra 30 minutes to my home departure time for this option, which is more than enough.
Ok, so you’ve decided how you are getting to the airport. What about when you land at your destination? I personally don’t like renting cars. I’d rather figure out an alternative. I research public transportation and the availability of rideshare services such as Uber in my destination.
I took a bus to get to my friend’s town in Newburyport, Massachusetts which is about 45 minutes northeast of Boston. I would not ask my friend to come in and pick me up during rush hour when it’s so easy and affordable to take a bus or ride share.
I take C&J Trailways, which is not your typical Greyhound. It’s a non-stop ride with wifi, power outlets, water, bathroom, comfy seats, the works. It cost $22 one way and it’s totally worth it. You can purchase tickets in advance on their website or if you don’t want to do this, you just get on the bus and they take your drivers license and you can pay for the ticket once you reach your destination. Wheww, I learned this as I ran to the bus pickup location just in the nick of time. Thanks, C&J!
If you don’t know what is available at your destination, again, turn to Google and search ‘XXX international transportation to XXXX services’ and you will typically get a bus, subway, train, rental car and private ride options.
Have all this figured out well in advance so that you can save a little money and aren’t scrambling at the last second and need to rely on expensive taxi’s to get you where you are going.
Ok, that’s it for now.
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