Travel is typically pretty expensive. With the rising price of fossil fuels, making your way around by car is especially pricy.
This article is a guide to some slightly more wallet-friendly modes of making your way around.
Scooter or Moped
Modern petrol-powered scooters and mopeds are extremely fuel-efficient. The latest Suzuki Address, for instance, has the incredible fuel consumption of 134.51 Miles Per Gallon – far more efficient than any petrol car currently in production and just about as cheap as any petrol-powered vehicle in production.
Head down to your local Vespa or Suzuki dealer and make sure to ask which of their bikes are the most fuel-efficient. The cost of fuel is only going to go up as fossil fuel stocks run out. In the near future, gas-guzzling cars and high-powered motorbikes will simply not be affordable to run.
Mopeds are great for people that want to zip around a city without burning too much fuel. They are not typically great for intercity travel.
Walk around any major city these days, and you would be hard-pressed not to be passed on the side of the street by a person on an electric scooter. Electric scooter use has exploded in the past few years. The fastest examples can reach speeds in excess of 40 MPH and are remarkably cheap to charge – being able to take power from conventional mains sources.
Although electric scooters are cheap and fast, they are not technically legal on many city streets. You should check your local legislation on electric vehicles before you purchase one and get in trouble with the police. In the UK, for instance, police have the power to seize illegally used scooters.
Get the Bus
The rise of low-cost bus travel has made intercity travel far more affordable. Companies like Megabus offer dirt cheap, long-distance rides to almost any city in the United Kingdom and the United States. Greyhound also offer relatively cheap travel in the United States. Long-distance bus riding isn’t exactly first class, but Jonathan Richman was crazy for it – so why shouldn’t you be?
Long-distance bus rides can be far more economical than equivalent car journeys and don’t cost the earth as much. Being at the whim of bus timetables can, in some instances, be an oddly comforting experience too. Too often, we lack rhythm in the way we travel. You might even luck out and meet a new friend or two on the way.
Bike (But Not Too Hard)
Pedalling your way to your destination is by far the most cost-efficient way of getting around. Aside from the initial cost of purchasing a bike, there really isn’t any spending involved in getting around by the power of your own two pumping legs. If you live in a city, a bike really is the way to travel. For the more adventurous (and less constrained by time), bike touring is a great way to go on holiday for free as well.