Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
When I was getting ready to go on my second business trip ever, there were several differences from my first trip. While my prior assignment took me to Charlotte, NC, this one was going to be in Brooklyn, NY. On my last trip, my work rented a car for me but on this one, I noticed they had on my paperwork that I should use a taxi for transportation.
After clarifying that by “taxi” they meant I should use ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft and only take a taxi if no other option was available, they suggested that I sign up for both Uber and Lyft in case one of the platforms gave me trouble.
I feel that they knew something at the time but weren’t telling me. I tried to add my corporate credit card to my existing Uber account as a business card.
Your Smartphone is an extremely valuable tool to help you when traveling. To maximize its functionality, you need to have the right apps installed and make sure they’re updated before you leave. Here’s a list of apps I use all the time when I’m out of town and I couldn’t imagine traveling any other way.
An Uber rating can be a fickle thing. I wrote back in June about how I was worried that my rating was sitting at 4.71 and that anyone with less than a 4.75 rating risks would be losing out on rides from judgemental drivers who will only pick up those with stellar ratings.
I wrote at the time how I’m not an ultra-Uber user and we don’t use the service that often. However, I’m in the midst of a trip where I need to use the service quite often for getting around Manhattan.
I needed to take a trip from Central Park to Penn Station and while stuck in traffic, I struck up a conversation with the driver after which I felt redemption about my “low” passenger rating.
I’ve read many stories about shady practices used by some Uber drivers. We’ve written about some of them here. There’s when a driver reports you threw up in their car, otherwise known as “vomit fraud”. When a driver takes a longer route and you end up with a higher charge. When a driver asks you to cancel the ride and if you do, they get paid and you get dinged. Even worse is when a driver claims you damaged their car and puts a claim for the money against you.
It took until this trip for me to be a victim of dirty trick from a driver.