When it comes to getting around town, you might not always be thinking with your pocketbook and your bank account. However, unless you are independently wealthy, it makes sense to at least keep a little bit of an eye on how much money you are spending getting from one place to another.
So, if you’re trying to be fiscally responsible with your travels, what are some things that you can prioritize? Walking or running is probably going to be your cheapest option. Beyond that, maybe you want to take an electric scooter if you’re only going a short distance. Using cabs and share rides can save you money if you do it logically. And, in some cases, having your own personal vehicle is actually going to be the cheapest way.
Walking or Running
Travel doesn’t have to cost money. In fact, if you strip it down to the bare minimum, all it really takes to get from one place to another, especially going a short distance in an urban area, is you walking or running. There are many benefits to walking to work. You don’t have to deal with traffic, you save a lot of money across the board, and you’re getting healthy as well. This is the trifecta of good vibes.
In some cities, the best way to get around might be by something motorized. For example, you could use an electric skateboard or electric scooter to go from your home to your workplace. Besides being careful that you don’t get in a scooter accident, it can be a great way to save some cash, and there’s minimal physical effort that you have to expend if you’re on a mobile piece of equipment as well.
Your Personal Vehicle
Depending on where you live, it may actually cost you less money to use your personal vehicle. Particularly if you have an inexpensive car and gas prices aren’t very high, it really might be your best option to drive your car to work. Your only major expense related to driving to work would be parking, which can be expensive in certain cities. In spite of this, driving your car can be a cost-effective way to get to work if you can rent parking near you for an affordable price. As an added benefit, driving yourself can be a time saver since you do not need to wait for public transportation and can take the fastest route.
Cabs and Ride Shares
Another way to get around town while also saving some money is if you use cabs or ride shares. Once people get the hang of using Uber or Lyft, they can figure out how to budget their time and their money accordingly.
It used to be that you had no option other than to take a taxi, but now there are all sorts of different ways to figure out how best to stay on budget depending on times, hours, and distances.