Hey there Steve. I am heading to Los Angeles and don’t really know anything about the city. I was thinking about taking a cab everywhere, since I won’t have a car, but I really don’t like having to flag one down. If you had a preference when traveling, what is your preferred mode of transportation.
~ Doug G. Kokomo, IN
Oh man, Doug, avoid the cabbies like the plague. Hmmm…probably not the best analogy since the Ebola outbreak. My bad!
I have taken cabs in virtually every major city I have traveled. I find them very impersonal and sometimes even a bit scary, Plus, I think that the cabbie will milk the rid taking a longer rout than they should, just to increase the fare.
I recall while in Rome a couple years ago, my wife and I hailed a cab from our hotel to go to St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican. We were heading right down Via della Conciliazoine which would have taken us directly in front of St. Peter’s Square onto Piazza Papa Pio XII
Instead he continued on to Via sei Corridori which would have taken us to the North side of St. Peters and then back south. There were no road block or any reason for him to take s that way.
When I noticed what he was doing, and as soon as he had to stop we paid and got out. Fortunately it was a beautiful day in Rom e for a walk to The Vatican.
It was at that point I vowed to never take a cab again.
While I can afford virtually any form of transportation. I have taken city buses, limos, bicycles, subways, you name it, I have ridden it. I really prefer to take the subway, metro, train whatever each city calls it. I know that sounds weird, but you can get to more places faster and you get to meet so many great people along the way.
The subways are not all doom and gloom as so many people envision. Actually they are a blast!
I go back to my Rome trip, because I love Rome so much. We spent a day just riding the “Metro” from Piazza to Piazza. We would stop, get off and find amazing Roman stuff at each stop, shops, architecture, people, churches…. just cool stuff!
You will find your favorite mode of transportation in each city you visit. A cab may be great in one and horrific in another. Check with the locals to see what they think. You will typically get an honest response and, heck, you may even have a great conversation with the person you are speaking with.