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Getting there is Half the Challenge


The difference between a Traveler and a Smart Traveler can be as simple as how much time and effort is spent getting there.  There days, I am the guy in the airport struggling with a mountain of luggage.  But once upon a time, I was the one on the plane who scooted through customs and blew past the past the luggage claim because I only had a single carry-on.  A long line for a taxi meant nothing.  I had a trick even for that.

Concerts and festivals are a special problem.  Where to park?  Often you need to show up far earlier than you want.  A smart traveler knows how to show up at their convenience without spending an hour trying to find a parking place.  Sure, you can book a hotel for a few nights right in the thick of things but doesn't work for a simple day trip.

Parking away from the event and walking a block or two is the core of the idea but you can only walk so far.  One of our tricks is to carry bicycles on the back of the car.  We have done this many times in Washington DC.  Recently, we rented bikes in Miami.  For big events like The Forth of July festivities in Annapolis, we like to leave our car in a large shopping mall parking lot and bike in.  We have for an hour or three then bike back to the edge of town.

Where bicycles just don't work, we have found that a motorcycle can be the perfect vehicle.  Assuming it isn't too big, you can park it most anywhere.  How many times have you found a spot on the street only to discover it is a little too narrow for your car?  Not a problem for a motorcycle.

A motorcycle is even better if you go to a concert.  At the end of the night, everybody leaves at the same time.  There is a bottleneck.  Usually it stretches for a block.  If the cycle isn't too big, you can turn off the engine and walk it down the sidewalk past the choke point.  Roll it into the street and off you go! 

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