7 tips for a pleasant road trip

Most of us will be on the road driving to a location for the upcoming long weekend. Here are 7 tips that will help make your road trip better.

1) Rent a vehicle: Renting a vehicle seems like a better choice for multiple reasons. First, rental vehicles are up to date on their service schedule, clean, and newer (most rental car companies rent out newer models with very low miles). Second, you have a choice to rent a bigger and spacious vehicle, which gives you extra comfort on a long drive. Third, renting a vehicle over a long weekend is not very expensive either. Thus for a small price you can save on the wear and tear of your own vehicle.

A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.

A spacious car is comfy and better on the road.

2)  Start in the AM: People tend to start their long weekend around 3 PM on a given day. As a result, most of the drivers are on the road around the same time. No wonder the roads get clogged and result in huge delays. Unless traffic jams don’t bother you that much, slightly modify the start time of your trip. Instead of starting on a Friday (or Thursday), you may choose to start at a different day and time. For example, you may start around 5 AM on the next day.

Early AM for a ride

Early in the morning is a perfect time to start your trip.

3. Drink coffee: Starting early in the morning around 5 AM, means a quick stop at the gas station to pick up coffee. It’s a great way to start your trip. First, sipping coffee as the sun is still trying to break out is simply fun. Second, the caffeine will try to fight your sleep. Moreover, you can use this opportunity to fill up your gas tank.

A nice coffee is wonderful

Wonder why coffee is so wonderful early in the morning? Umm… never mind.. Just enjoy..

4. Use rest areas: Map the rest areas on your way. Rest areas are not only scenic, but they provide you with quick access to the facilities. You don’t want to be wandering in the gas stations and waiting long lines for the restroom.

Rest areas live up to their names

Rest areas, mostly situated in scenic locations, give you the much needed quick break.

5. Listen to music: Be sure to have your favorite music CDs handy. Don’t rely on the radio or on the smart phone. Radio may be unavailable due to loss of signal, while your smart phone might be out of juice! Music is fun on the road.

Listen to good music

Music helps break the monotony of driving.

6. Take a quick lunch: If you start early around 5 AM, take the needed breaks for coffee, rest at scenic areas, etc, then you would be very close to your destination by noon. You may choose to stop for a quick lunch at a fast food place. Fast food is not only quick, but also lighter than a full course meal. You save time and money!

Great tasting food

Pick the healthy fast food place. You will love the rest of the ride!

7. Check in at a hotel after noon: Perhaps by 1 PM or so you should be able to check in at a hotel, leave your luggage, and start your memorable vacation. This way you can save a day’s worth of hotel costs.

Follow these 7 tips to receive the following benefits:

  • Avoid the most dreaded traffic congestion.
  • Save money on your hotel charges. (You might think you could start your vacation earlier by traveling on a Friday, but in reality you would reach the destination late in the night (thanks to all the traffic jams), wake up late and, start late the next day.)
  • Enjoy the early morning ride and the nature on the way.
Beach and sun are real fun

Waste no more time. Crash into your vacation.

Hope you will have a safe and fun trip. Enjoy the long weekend!

ManyShip is an online venue that connects people who need to send something somewhere with people going that way. It’s a smart and cheap way of shipping stuff. If you are traveling then it’s a simple way to start earning money. You can offset some of your travel costs. Sign up now at ManyShip.

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Trust / Travel networks – what the heck are they?

At ManyShip, there is a lot of talk about “travel networks” or “trust networks”. In fact, travel networks form the crux of the working principles of ManyShip. Thus their purpose and need has to be clearly understood.

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As said in a previous post, Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip, ManyShip puts significant emphasis on connecting people who know each other already; either very closely or to some extent. Close relationships may be found inside a family, within friends, colleagues, or classmates. Distant relationships may be common at a workplace, worship places, universities, etc.

ManyShip attempts to connect those people that already form a part of “some” network, such as a family or friends network (e.g. Facebook), colleagues or co-workers network (e.g. corporation, enterprise, or company ), students network (e.g. schools or universities). And in almost all cases, a user may belong to at least one network.

ManyShip’s users, when signing up, must select a network they wish to associate with. The network may be the company they work at, the school they attend, or the social network they participate in. For example, a user may associate to a company and may consider their company name along with the company’s specific location when assigning the travel network. For example, when selecting Microsoft Corp. as their travel network, user may select Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA if primary work location is Redmond office. On the other hand, if the primary work location is Sunnyvale, CA then the user may select Microsoft Sunnyvale CA as their travel network. (A user may belong to multiple networks.)

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A travel network begets trust and lets other users seek or provide services with confidence and reliably. And it eventually helps creating happy users.

So, choose a travel network and have a safe & happy manyshipping.

Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip

At a meetup in the silicon valley yesterday, May 22, several people asked about how ManyShip fosters trust among its users and create a convenient and safer platform for users to transact. Here’s a little background on how its done at ManyShip.

The emphasis is on connecting people who know each other already, either closely or distantly; users, for example, that work at the same company, attend the same school, or belong to the same social network (e.g. Facebook) share a network. There exists an inherent trust and comfort among these users that belong to the same company, a university, or a social network.

For the purposes of transacting on ManyShip, an employee of ManyShip may connect with their colleagues at ManyShip. Similarly, a student at Stanford University would transact with their friends at Stanford. This concept may be extended to users at Microsoft, Google, Northern Illinois University, Satyam Infotech, Tata Consultancy Services, Fiverr, Ebay, and so on.

ManyShip utilizes the “trust” that has been established already in the networks and users of which feel comfortable connecting with their friends or colleagues. This notion may be evident from ManyShip’s sign up form that requires a user to select their “travel network”, which essentially refers to the trust network that the user already belongs to;  users enter  their association with a company, a university, or a social network.

Users, however, must assume the responsibility of doing their due diligence when accepting goods from others and or entrusting other users with their personal goods. 

Act responsibly and in turn help create a safe platform.