In our daily lives and in social situations, car pooling is an assumed option. How many times have you heard a friend say or have you said yourself,
Let’s just meet up and all go together!
Not only is it more fun, but it saves money on parking fees and gasoline consumption, causes less traffic, and of course has environmental perks as well. Why don’t we think about it while traveling? We share accommodations (Hostels, Couchsurfing, etc). We share chores, tasks, and work loads (WorkAway, WWOOFing, etc). We also split the costs of tours and activities with other travelers we meet along the way. We are constantly sharing experiences with the end goal of saving money. Car sharing is no different! Love the concept of hitchhiking but don’t want to take the risk? Take the risk out of it by sharing a ride you’ve planned in advance!
By using the following carsharing networks you can organize your ride ahead of time and come to an agreement on where you’ll start and finish, what time you’ll meet, and what you’ll each contribute toward toll costs, fuel, and the like. You can have a prearranged idea of your transportation with peace of mind, and a cost effective way to get from point A to point B while making new friends!
Over the past few years carpooling has become more readily available for travelers than ever before, with the help of the online world of course. Here are a few networks you can get involved in to not only save yourself some money, but allow yourself to meet new people and form lasting friendships along the way!
BlaBlaCar and CarpoolWorld are both very popular and free ways to carpool, although it’s unfortunate that they are not available in every country. So what’s the first step, how does it work and what do you do? Easy! Choose the city you need a ride from and the city you need to get to. Toss in a date, and see who’s available! No one offering rides? Create an alert and receive a notification when a ride becomes available. Are you the one with the car? Offer a ride! These networking tools are free, and are just that — used for networking! A type of pay-it-forward service, and a way to expand your social circle and add a certain richness to your experience.
If you find yourself traveling through a country where BlaBlaCar or CarpoolWorld isn’t offered, check out Zipcar, Car2Go, WazeCarpool, or GetAround. Although these latter four options do involve a payment, they’re relatively inexpensive. You can pick up and drop off a car in different locations and can use the car for any duration of time – An hour? Sure! A week? You got it! You’re in charge here, buddy! Check out their apps for more information.
If you check out all six of these awesome choices and don’t find exactly what it is you’re looking for, do some Googling yourself — new carsharing networks are popping up all of the time as the idea catches on and becomes even more practical, trusted, and trendy!
Have you used a car sharing network? Would you like to? Share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you!