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Death to the Station Wagon

Who says you need a car to road-trip?

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This peer-to-peer site puts you behind the wheel of a boat. Choose a vessel (unmanned or captained) and set sail. A search in the Bay Area turned up listings from as low as $65 per day for a pontoon to $1,950 for a 45-foot catamaran. Whatever your tax bracket, it's nice to have options.
No bike? No problem. This new bike-sharing site lets you book a bike on the go through its mobile app. Choose anything from a cruiser to a Cannondale, then pick it up from the owner and set off for a day trip to Sausalito or an odyssey to Seattle. Most rentals range from $20 to $40 per day.
This startup, which just launched on the West Coast, aggregates bus and train options the same way that sites like Orbitz organize flights: calibrating the cheapest and most efficient routes. Find Megabus routes from Oakland to Reno for $16 or Amtrak from Caltrain to L.A. for $56, and filter preferences like Wi-Fi, extra legroom, and power outlets to tailor your trip.


Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco.

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