Personal blog by Ashleigh Dougherty. Read with a pinch of salt and a cuppa' rosy lee.

12/05/2017

TRAVEL AROUND CITIES IN STYLE WITH BLACKLANE

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Visiting different cities is one of my favourite things to do when it comes to making those yearly travel plans. Whether it's hopping on my local tube and heading into my own capital or stepping off the plane and into a taxi that's heading into New York City; I love the hustle and bustle of a city.

However, I will hold my hands up and say I'm not really a fan of getting the tube. Even though I know the London tube map off by heart and could direct myself from A to B with my eyes shut; I generally don't enjoy the commute.

When I worked in the city, I would often have to run to meetings and run errands. Sometimes, these would be on the other side of town or the city and it's no fun getting a tube during rush hour; especially when it's like a sauna in those carriages during Summer.  Central line, I am looking at you.

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Whilst it's convenient to order a cab via an app on your smartphone, it can also be incredibly frustrating trying to find your car in the middle of London. There's usually double red lines on the streets, so you sometimes have to spend 15 minutes chasing down your car. This is super annoying when you're running late for a meeting or need to get from one side of the city to the other to pick the kids up from the nanny, so wouldn't it better to pre-book your car?

Blacklane cars are the alternative to the traditional taxi and something I will definitely be considering. Working across 250 cities (London and even Bejing use this service), you simply book your car through the website or app (available on Android and the App Store). Add in your pick up address, drop off address, date and time and your car will be booked in advance. The price for your car is confirmed before the booking, so there's no nasty hidden charges which we all dread when booking things.

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There's no need to worry that you're going to miss your car either as there's a free 15 minute wait time for all pick ups. Theres even a free 60 minute wait time for all airport pickups, so if you're delayed waiting for your luggage; your car will still be waiting.

You are guaranteed to be driven around by licensed and insured drivers, who will send you confirmation texts when your car is both on its way and its arrival.

No longer need your pre-booked car? You can cancel your booked car for free up to 1 hour before its scheduled arrival. Perfect if you've decided to go for a last minute dinner in the city instead of heading home or maybe your meeting's been cancelled.

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You get the chance to choose your car type too, so if you're looking for something a little more classier, then that's no problem.

Business Class cars are the standard car if you're on a budget, whilst still being comfortable to travel in. A Merceded E-Class or BMW 5 series are examples, which can fit a maximum of 3 people in.

Business Vans are for the travellers who need more room. These can travel up to 5 people and have more space for baggage.

First Class cars are for those who have a higher budget or none at all. The traveller who wants to travel in complete luxury and arrive at their destination in an admirable style. These can fit a maximum of 3 people.

I will definitely be considering Blacklane in the future. I would rather know that my car is booked in advance and will be there on time to pick me up and drop me off to my destination. Sometimes, it's worth travelling around cities in style.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Blacklane. All words are my own.
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23 comments

  1. Blacklane sounds a great way to get around. I love that you can choose different classes, arriving in style sometimes is something I'd definitely choose!

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  2. This sounds like a great idea. We often have to visit London for hospital visits so will look into this.

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  3. I've never heard of Blacklane, it does sound like a very good idea

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  4. Blacklane is such a good idea compared to a usual cab as you know they'll be able to hang around if you're running late before they start charging x

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  5. Black lane sounds like a great company and I like that there are no hidden charges.

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  6. Blacklane seem like a great company, I have never heard of them before.

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  7. Never heard of these before but they sound like a great idea

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  8. This looks like a cool service to use will mention it to hubby as he is always travelling off somewhere

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  9. I haven't heard of this before but it sounds like a great way to travel!

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  10. What a great service! Fingers crossed they make their way to Seoul before I get there - it's be so handy!

    - Elodie x

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  11. That sounds like a great service! Not heard of it before though...

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  12. Sounds far nicer than a taxi for if you wanted to go on a slightly longer journey.

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  13. What a great idea - this sounds like a really practical solution.

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  14. I've never heard of Backlane, but sounds like a good alternative to Uber and Kabbee. I like the idea of being able to choose the "class" of vehicle you're picked up in x

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  15. I find the tube can be nightmare when I'm to be in London! If you're able to plan ahead this service sounds great.

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  16. It sounds like a really interesting way to travel, I like the idea it's all done upfront so no nasty costs involved.

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  17. Beautiful car - beautiful photos. It beat traveling round on public transport. xx

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  18. I've never heard of this! Sounds exciting and interesting for sure. I will have to look into this next time I have a need. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. This sounds like a fab service, I really hate the tube as well! Great to know that it's booked in advance so you don't have to worry and I like that you get a choice of car types :)

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  20. I've never heard of this, it sounds like a fantastic idea! Beats public transport anyday!

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  21. I love the idea - what a fab service. I never seem to get cabs or ubers when I need them most, so will definitely be looking into Blacklane

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  22. Seems like a cool concept and I like the idea of free cancellation window, would be good if plans changed last minute x

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  23. Always good to have an alternative to the crowded underground and sounds like a convenient system they've got going. May have to try Blacklane out myself next time I am in London or abroad! X

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