5 Tips for Using Public Transportation on Your Timeshare Vacation

transit busBudget-friendly vacations involve several things, not the least of which is the affordable accommodations you get when you rent a timeshare. At your destination there will be plenty of ways to spend your money, but transportation doesn't have to be one of them, either. Using Public Transportation is another great way to have a budget-friendly trip. Although when you're in a strange city using public transportation can seem a little daunting, with these tips by travel journalist Britt Reints, you'll find that that it's a lot easier than you might think.
  1. The Lingo. It only sounds complicated because you aren't yet familiar with the system. You'll catch on quickly.

  2. Maps. It's helpful to familiarize yourself with the city by looking at maps - either the pamphlet type that you get from a visitor's center, or online such as Google maps. Check where your timeshare is, any restaurants you're interested in, and the tourist attractions you intend to visit. Once you have an idea where different things are located in relation to each other, you're half way there.

  3. Routes. Now you can get familiar with the routes of the various means of public transportation available - city bus, subway system, trolleys and cable cars. You can download the routes from the transportation authority web site before you leave on your vacation. Match the routes with the location maps you've already looked at. Be sure to take copies of the routes with you.

  4. Navigation. There are navigation apps for iPhone and iPad. If you don't have those electronic gizmos but have access to a computer, Britt suggests using HopStop.com, which offers directions for several major cities, including New York City and San Francisco, and even Paris and London. Type in your current location and your destination, along with what modes of transportation you're willing to take, and you'll receive detailed directions for using the local mass transit system.
    Another navigation option is Google maps - use its "by public transit" option when you click on "get directions."

  5. Ask for Instructions. It's okay to admit when you need help - it really won't be long before you get the hang of it. If you’re uncomfortable approaching a stranger, ask the mass transit employees - that's what they're there for.
Although using the public transit system is a great way to keep your timeshare vacation budget-friendly, you'll also find that riding with the locals can give you a taste of the culture, as well as letting you see areas of the city you might otherwise miss.
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