I have a few pet hates in life. Getting ripped off and being taken advantage of. Life’s little cruel acts that happen to us all from time to time. I know, I know, it’s only little things. But, we all have those little things that piss us off.
As a traveller, I am always mindful of that local who thinks they can drive the price up on clumsy tourists. For example, getting the price driven up on you while shopping at a local market, or a taxi driver ripping you off by a deliberately taking a longer route home.
You all know what I am talking about. Been there, done that.
Enter Uber. You know, that new craze taking the world by storm. Where you order a driver through the Uber app on your phone, the fee is pre-determined and pre-paid by your registered credit card. It truly was my saviour on a recent trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and it became a useful friend.
The Ease of it all
You know the fee before you get in the car. No ifs, no buts, no arguments. You don’t get ripped off by the driver and vice-versa, you can’t cheat the driver. It’s a win-win.
Save your coins
No need to get your foreign cash out, save it for the shopping or a good meal. Your credit card is registered through the app and the rest takes care of itself.
Cheaper than a taxi
I used a taxi early in my Vietnam trip, what a fool. Therefore, I know on average I saved a good 4-5 dollars per trip, using Uber. Maybe it doesn’t seem such a big deal for a single trip, but times it by ten and all the sudden you’re looking at a big saving. That equals a heck of a lot of meals in a South-eastern Asian country.
The Uber drives are quite cool
The driver’s got me from point A to point B in a safe manner. In Vietnam, the locals English is not so good, so the drive is rather quiet but you get to your destination. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I used Uber on a couple of occasions. The English in Malaysia is quite good and it as great to have a chat with a local driver and learn about their country. Even share a laugh or two.
I had to get out of my comfort zone in a foreign country to get hooked on to Uber, and while I know their services have been around a while. I am just glad I got hooked Vietnam and with the amount of times I used their services, I saved a heap of cash.