I live 20 minutes drive from a major international airport, and given my profession, I'm pretty thrilled with that. You only have to drive (or try) drive to Heathrow or JFK (never mind Edmonton or Toronto) to know that airports can be rather inaccessible. Granted, there's always public transit, which is great if the subway drops you off close to where you live, and you don't fall asleep on the Picadilly line. Taxis in Vancouver and Toronto are expensive (although it can be significantly worse, just look at this list of the world's most expensive taxi fares. According to Tom Tom, Vancouver is the second most congested city in North America. Los Angeles takes the gold, but at least they don't have to deal with fog and constant rain. The reality is that a taxi ride to the airport ends up costing me around $40, which is more than some budget airlines will fly you around Europe. That's $80 for a return trip! If it's just a couple days, you're better off parking your car at the airport, which will gladly take $15 a day to ensure your car sits on the tarmac and protects the valuable concrete from the rain. Whether you Park n Fly, Park n Ride, today's travel tip is a simple algorithm: Traffic + High Expense = Aggravation - Convenience. Also, the next time a taxi driver tells you his credit card machine is down, he's almost definitely lying. Maybe.
Please come in. Mahalo for removing your shoes.
After many years running a behemoth of a blog called Modern Gonzo, I've decided to a: publish a book or eight, and b: make my stories more digestible, relevant, and deserving of your battered attention.
Here you will find some of my adventures to over 100 countries, travel tips and advice, rantings, ravings, commentary, observations and ongoing adventures.