Use the Local Transportation
Collected by Nina Dietzel, AFAR Ambassador
A business trip doesn't have to mean shuttling from conference to cab to hotel. Get out and explore whenever you can—even if it's just for a quick bus or subway ride.
899 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
San Francisco's Muni system can be scummy, inefficient, and scary, but I'd recommend any visitor take the bus vs. a cab at least a few times. Other than walking, riding the bus is the most entertaining and memorable mode of transportation. In a...
3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
The tram gives Portland visitors stunning views of the city, river, and mountains beyond. Grab the streetcar from downtown out to the waterfront. You're delivered to the lower terminal for the three-minute ride carrying you 3,300 feet at 20 MPH to...
1632 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
D.C. offers a lot of choices for getting about the city. If you are cyclist, consider renting a bicycle to supplement travel by public transportation. Not only is it cheaper than Metro (either subway or bus) and cab fare, but also you’ll avoid the...
Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
A trip to Toronto without a visit to Kensington Market doesn’t make any sense. Despite its diminutive size, this neighborhood packs plenty of activity within its boundaries. Arrive hungry: Restaurants and cafés dish out bites...
Cuesta San Vicente, 28008 Madrid, Spain
On the western side of Madrid, just below the royal palace, is a typical-looking European train station, but inside it’s not. The Estacion de Principe Pio was remodeled to incorporate all the metro and commuter rail stations, stacked up on top of...
1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
It is almost impossible not to get smitten by Hong Kong. Unreservedly safe and appallingly well organized, the city prides in its simplest moments of perfection. This city is the perfect host to anyone on vacation or business trips. Hong Kong...
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Hong Kong will blow your mind. There are few places in the world like it. By far the best (and cheapest) way to see Hong Kong Island is by riding one of the many double-decker trams. For as little as HK$2.30, you can surf your way through a...
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Hard to believe, but one of my positive experiences in crowded New Delhi was to take the Metro. India of course has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately; sadly, sexual violence is pervasive in the country. For single female travelers,...
2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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