Happy Labor Day!

Baby Authority gives us the breakdown of how the time-honored tradition of road trips has changed over the years. Regardless of where you’re spending your three day weekend, we wish everyone a relaxing Labor Day.

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Happy Travels,
Your Zimride Crew

Zimride Tips: Labor Day Road Trips 101

With Monday as a holiday, it’s the perfect time to break away from your routine and
go on a weekend road trip. No need to plan ahead…with our handy guide, you can
choose your own adventure along the way. Here are a few easy tips for a smooth
ride once you’ve hit the highway.

Don’t Break Your Budget
Even with falling gas prices this summer, fueling up will still make a dent in your
wallet. Plan ahead for what you’ll spend on gas using AAA’s simple Fuel Cost Calculator, which provides an estimate based on your travel destination and vehicle model.

Manage Your Munchies
Food options on the road are usually a toss up between fast food places and
convenience stores (avoid vending machine egg salad sandwiches). Break up the trip by finding something that’s served on a plate. RoadFood lists recommended roadside eateries from their community of travelers.

Beat Boredom
Relying on the radio alone can leave your car with mariachi or gospel songs for
miles on end. A Spotify account allows you to keep track of all your favorite playlists offline for those spontaneous sing-alongs on the road.

Once you’re tired of tunes, change things up with an audiobook. If you’ve been
eyeing Game of Thrones or Fifty Shades of Grey, this is the perfect time to catch up
on your summer reading. You can find audiobooks in most online marketplaces, or for a cheaper alternative, try your local public library.

Avoid Getting Lost
Your smartphone or GPS is a foolproof way to navigate your way to your destination.
However, these require a signal, which can frequently lose connection on the highway. Avoid learning this the hard way (we’ve been there!) by having a Thomas Guide handy in the car…you’ll thank us later.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or meeting new ones through Zimride, it’s
always better to share the ride. Besides the good company, you’ll have an extra pair
of hands to help navigate, find food stops and pitch in for gas. Safe travels and have
a great Labor Day weekend!

Your Zimride Crew

Zimride’s Daily Gas and iTunes Giveaway

I’ll admit; I’m one of those guys who will drive across the highway for gas because it’s 2 cents cheaper. What can I say? Paying for gas and music stinks.  When I pull into the station and watch that number tick tick tick up to $50+, my mood usually takes a turn for the worse. Don’t even get me started on my iTunes bill.

However, I LOVE when people volunteer to pay for my gas. To be quite honest, that’s one of the main things that made me realize Zimride was going to totally change transportation. I could literally let someone else pay for my gas…on every roadtrip.

While we were brainstorming how to get more people to post trips on our site, the answer was clear as day. Hit’m where it hurts me the most: The pump. Let’s give away gas because we’re tired of seeing people throw their wallets at the tank.

Today, we’re launching the Zimride’s Daily Gas and iTunes Giveaway. We’ll be giving away 14 tanks of gas to 14 winners in 14 days. No more sulking about the price of Texas Tea. When’s the next time someone’s going to pay for your gas or the music for your next trip? At Zimride, we like to pay it forward.

How to Participate:
• Complete the entry form HERE.
• Winner will be chosen and announced on Facebook and Twitter every day.
Terms and conditions for the giveaway

Good luck and let the Daily Gas & iTunes Giveaway begin!

Your Zimride Crew

Zimride’s DC to NYC Road Trip

Bernstein or Jay Z? It doesn’t matter which version of New York you love because the city that never sleeps and has the best of everything just got a lot better.

This week, we launched our first public East Coast route between DC and NY. This new route gives more drivers and passengers the ability to save money, meet new friends, and decrease the number of cars on the road. You can now use Zimride to get between DC and NY for half the cost of a train ticket. Half!

Ready for a road trip to the Big Apple? Visit our favorites stops along the route to see what you’ve been missing on all those planes and train trips.

Baltimore, Maryland
– Fan of The Wire? Check out the real Baltimore by driving the “Wire Tour”.

– Between Wilmington and Baltimore is a fun and beautiful town on the Susquehanna River called Havre de Grace . Lots of cool shops, restaurants and ice cream places.

– Get cultured! The National Aquarium, the American Vistionary Art Museum, and the National Cryptologic Museum are all located in Baltimore.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
– If you’re up for a slight detour through Philly (95 runs through it, but the Turnpike does not), 95 takes you RIGHT past Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the US Mint (reservations req’d, call your representative in congress) and the South Philadelphia Sports Complex , where the 76ers, Phillies, Flyers and Eagles all play their games.

Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton University is about 20 minutes off of 95. It’s a beautiful campus and the set of many great movies.

– Not ready for the Jersey Shore? Consider bringing your appetite instead — they have the highest rate of diners per capita so a stop is a must. Here’s a famous one right off I-95.

Have any recommendations you’d like to share with us? Tell us on Facebook!

Happy travels,

Your Zimride Crew