The travel industry continues to evolve. New ways to find transportation or a place to stay are popping up all the time, with AirBnB and Uber being just some of the most popular examples.
While there are certainly advantages to these newer methods, business travellers need to be wary of options that aren’t as consistent across various locations as traditional hotels and car rental companies.
One such example is car2go. You’ve probably seen their ubiquitous blue and white smart cars (and great parking spots!). As you can rent a car by the minute or by the day, it’s a good option for those who only need a car for a few hours. There are car2go locations all over North America and Europe. However, you can’t use your North American membership in Europe, or vice versa. You need two separate accounts, with different email addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers. As most drivers don’t have multiple license numbers, it’s been very difficult for travellers to use car2go on other continents.
This has proven to be quite a surprise for car2go users travelling internationally. During travel, it’s best to make sure you are familiar with all the regulations and rules for any new-to-you company prior to departure.