Is Uber Ruining Tourism?

Is Uber Ruining Tourism?

I have travelled to New York City several times, pre-Uber and post-Uber. Pre Uber was a lovely time when you could stand with one foot off the sidewalk and scream “Taxi!” Just like they do in the movies and the smiley yellow beast would glide up next to you and sweep you immediately off to your destination without any drama.

Times have changed.

A visit to The Big Apple last Spring has inspired this post. I was with my best friend in our hotel room excitedly getting ready for our Sex and the City tour which we had been planning for actual years!!

(Don’t laugh. )

The pick up address was outside the Plaza which wasn’t on an easy direct train route from our hotel.

“That’s cool, we’ve got plenty of time, let’s get a cab.” I said.

BIG MISTAKE!

Of course it was pouring down with rain. We had an hour to make a 15 minute cab journey. The rain didn’t help matters but no cabs were available. There seemed to be mysterious spots that New Yorkers would magically get picked up from. We even spoke to some locals and got tips and split up to face different directions of traffic, all to no avail. What were we doing wrong? Then we realised it. All of the locals were booking their cabs through Uber (an App used internationally for pre-booking private transport through a paid online account – a nifty idea in theory). But it’s not much cop when you’re travelling on a budget and have no internet access on the go!!!

We were down to 10 minutes remaining to make the 15 minute journey without wheels and now suitably soaking wet and pissed off. It was at this moment that all grown up ‘Adultey’ sense and logic left my mind and I actually burst into tears. Yup. Manahattan reduced me to tears, in public, in broad daylight. In front of other human beings.

Did we make it you ask?

Well things went from bad to worse. Against my better judgement I “Accidentally” stole a taxi from a New Yorker who had pre-booked with the fabulous app! Naturally, he challenged me. I turned to face him, tears streaming down my face and yelled “PLEASE!! PLEEEEEAAAAASE!!!!!! We’ve been waiting an hour, we’re going to miss our tour! PLEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASE!”

He looked mostly confused.

And yes I am aware that this is not how New Yorkers interact with each other. Or humans, mostly.

But the chap gave in and let us take the cab. Through fear or kindness, I don’t know. But I’m going to go with kindness.

Sowhoever you were, thank you very much for letting us take your cab. It turned out to be one of the best days I have spent with my dearest friend and the tour was fantastic!

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Weekly Travel Musing – 1

Weekly Travel Musing – 1

If you flush the toilet on an aeroplane flying directly over the equator, which direction does the water flush?!

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Travel for free!!!!

Tips for making your money back when travelling: Travel for free!!!!

Nocturnal Life in London

Nocturnal Life in London

There is so much I adore about being alive during the night time. I often wonder if my ancestors were hamsters because I, like so many others, simply prefer the world at night time. 

There is far less traffic in London, everything is lit up by the multicoloured glow of manpower, there are no flocks of people and tourists surrounding every building so you can hardly move or breathe. Everything is more open and clear. You can appreciate the majestic and charming beauty of a city like London during the midnight hour.

I decided to take a little tour of London in the dead of night to see how different it was. This city really blows my mind. Here are some of the photos I snapped on my journey.

 

The River Thames, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in the distance

  
the Embankment, river Thames, London. These lamps were built in the 1860s… I wonder how they were wired once electricity was used?!
 

Awesome colours from London skyscrapers reflecting into the Thames

 

The most photographed building in London, Buckingham Palace and home to the Queen. The flag is up which means she was home and probably sleeping peacefully while 24/7 Police guard the front
    
 
The stunning Horse Guard’s Parade building with the London Eye peeping over in the background

 
5am delivery to a pub in central London
  
 
Downing Street! the home of our Prime Minister which is also guarded at all times. At least the Policemen gave me a smile.

As if these magnificent photos and lack of people and traffic aren’t reason enough to visit London in the middle of the night, the best bit is…. It’s free! There is no £25 tour fee like the open top bus tours, no congestion charges and generally easier to park your car in the middle of the night.
This is true of any big city in the World. Night time is there for a reason other than to sleep.

Highly, highly recommended.

7 of the most ridiculous reasons to call in sick when you’re really abroad.

7 of the most ridiculous reasons to call in sick when you’re really abroad.


You know somebody who has pulled a long term sickie from work when they have booked a holiday, or failed to return to work when they were supposed to because they are STILL on holiday!!! Or maybe you have done this yourself?

I have decided to do some research, including speaking to office managers to find out some of the worst excuses given when a staff member has gone missing in action.

1. ‘My flight got delayed by 4 days and I had no battery on my phone to call you.’

2. ‘I contracted Malaria whilst in Ghana, Africa so I had to stay in hospital for 2 months. Here is my genuine sick certificate…’

3. ‘I’ve been in a witness protection programme.’

4. ‘My granny has died so I need some time off.’ (The same granny has died 3 times now).

5. ‘I’m addicted to crack cocaine and my dealer has been arrested so I need some time off to recover.’

6.’I’m… Erm…. In a Thai prison.’

7. ‘I missed my flight and can’t get on another one for 3 weeks!!’

If you’re planning on doing this, for the love of god come up with something more original.

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My advice is free and friendly. If I can’t help I can always point you in the direction of someone who can. Travel is expensive so you want to get it right!

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How to not be a loser when travelling alone.

How to not be a loser when travelling alone.

  
If you are reading this, you are probably either reflecting on your own solo travels, or you may be considering venturing out into the wilderness by yourself and you are not sure how to ‘be’ to be accepted when travelling. You don’t want to be a loser! I have travelled by myself and spent time with a big group of my travel family. I also spent a lot of time as a loser. By this I mean too scared to approach fellow travellers and therefore being isolated. At first, I didn’t know how to bridge the gap to join the boat of other travellers.

There is a healthy amount of time to spend by yourself when travelling, to really appreciate your space and to do some soul searching. But how much time is too much time? If you want to go travelling but are concerned about whether or not you will fit in or be part of the like-minded traveller community, here are some tips for you;

  

Go to a bar. Ideally near to where you are staying or preferably inside your hotel. Order a drink and sit at the bar. You will surprised by how easy it is to get chatting to your neighbours and make friends.

Book yourself on some day trips. Day trips really get people out of their shells. You are doing new and sometimes scary things so everybody in the group will tend to huddle together and make friends.

Don’t be afraid to approach another traveller. They are probably feeling just as nervous as you if they, too are travelling solo. Ask them if they fancy hanging out or checking out the nightlife. More often than not, they will say yes. This may be your ticket into meeting more people and maybe travelling together.

Don’t move around too quickly. If you are constantly changing areas and moving on every 2-3 days, you are less likely to make a group of friends. Chill out, relax, you have all the time in the world.

At the pool. Or the beach. These are places solo travellers spend a lot of their time during the day. Grab a sunbed near someone else alone (not stalker near!) and strike up a conversation. You will quickly assess whether that person is up for making friends or wants to be left alone.

Slum it. If you are staying in swanky 5* hotels, you are very unlikely to meet other solo travellers. You are miles better off staying in a hostel (dorms are a great place to meet people instantly) or backpacker hotels / budget hotels.

Don’t be annoying. By this, I mean if you are lucky enough to make friends, don’t scare them away by constantly talking about how amazing your pet hamster is back home or being ‘that girl/guy’ who gets too drunk on a night out and needs to be carried home.

Be fun. Be yourself. If you are considering going away alone, you are clearly outgoing and exciting. Use this to your advantage to make friends.

Don’t panic too much. You are almost guaranteed to make friends if you follow these steps. In my experience it is actually easier to make friends with other travellers when you are by yourself. I think this is because you appear less of a threat and more approachable when you are alone. Unless you have a crazy face.