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One of the most significant stressors when visiting somewhere new is transportation. So, if you're starting to travel for work for the first time, you may wonder about the best way to get around a new city.

Traveling for your job can be thrilling, and it can even give you the chance to see parts of the world you wouldn't otherwise. However, when you first start going on work trips, you may feel overwhelmed about how to stay on top of your job while navigating a new city or country.

One of the most significant stressors when visiting somewhere new is transportation. So, if you're starting to travel for work for the first time, you may wonder about the best way to get around a new city. 

In many cases, your company will cover the costs of transportation, and they may even set it up for you. But, if that's not in their budget, you may need to figure out how to get around and submit the receipts. 

Here are the better transportation options to make business travel more enjoyable.

If you want to live like a local
When you visit a new place, the best way to live like the locals is to take public transportation. However, this is sometimes the most complicated way to get somewhere. You'll likely spend more time waiting for the bus or subway system, and things can be crowded and delayed. But, if you want a more localized experience, public transit makes the most sense.

You also may not have much extra time or the ability to go sightseeing if you're there for work, but it's always an option if you need it. 

Rideshare apps are easy but have downsides
Unfortunately, many American cities don't have public transportation at all or have subpar public transit. In these cases, you'll need to use other options. There are many rideshare apps – the most popular being Lyft and Uber. Many people use these on business trips, and it's likely that your company will cover the costs if you keep receipts. 

However, just like with public transit, there are downsides. You may have to wait long periods of time for a car to be available and rides can be expensive during “peak times.” 

See if your company offers or covers private services
If you're going somewhere stateside, booking your own private car is relatively straightforward. Say you'll be in Florida for work; you can just look up car service Tampa and schedule a vehicle for your stay. This is usually the simplest option that will relieve stress, as you'll have a car at your disposal whenever you need it. 

See about a rental car
If you have a driver's license, you could rent a vehicle for your trip. Of course, you'll want to check with your business or organization and see if they will reimburse you for the cost. There are also some factors to keep in mind regarding rental cars. While they used to be reasonably easy to find if sometimes expensive, now that's not the case. 

There is still a rental car shortage, so you will likely have to plan much further ahead to secure a reservation. Also, you or your company may not want to pay the much higher rates for a rental vehicle, so you'll need to take these logistics into consideration. 

Research where you're going
The last step in securing transportation for a business trip is researching the place you're headed. The more rural or difficult to access the area is, the fewer options you'll have to choose from. But, it's best to be prepared and to work with your job to see if they have anything lined up for you. 


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