We have become extremely dependant on our cars. And, whilst cars do have many benefits, there are many negative side-effects when we over-use them. Using cars for every small trip can affect our health, the environment and the amount of money we spend on travel each year. Over the years, many experts have looked at ways to reduce this dependence on cars. In many cases, the best solutions are often the simplest solutions when it comes to travel. Below are some of the most effective alternative travel methods that will save you money and improve your health.


We’re not taking you for fools by saying this, walking is obviously the most basic way to get from one location to another. However, the widespread use of cars has reduced the amount of time we spend walking. In many cases, we use our cars for short journeys instead of walking. Over a long period of time this can add up to a lot of wasted fuel and excess money being spent. Getting into the habit of walking to local stores and other nearby places will reduce these unnecessary costs and keep you healthy as well. Encouraging family members to walk more will reduce the overall costs your family have to pay each year.


Bring back your inner kid. These foot driven scooters are extremely popular with all age groups. They’re an effective way to travel, but they’re also an enjoyable way to go from one location to another. A wide range of these products are available from online stores like Skates.co.uk. The most popular models include stunt scooters, dirt scooters, foldable scooters, scissor scooters and carving scooters.


Cycling; it’s the perfect way to travel to destinations that may be too far away to walk to. If you live close to work, hopping on your bike each morning and evening can greatly reduce your daily travel costs to work. 

Sure the initial cost of a good quality bike is a bit of a blow, however it will save you money in the long run. Your work may even have a cycle to work scheme where employers can pay for  your bicycle and you can pay it back through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months. Cycling is also a fantastic way to keep fit. 


If you’re looking for a more powerful type of scooter, electric scooters could be the perfect solution for your travel needs. These scooters are available in a wide range of sizes, styles and models. There is less effort involved when you’re using this type of scooter and it’s an enjoyable way to travel.


The electric car is getting more mainstream. It’s moved in from leftfield and is now driving in the middle of the road. With the UK government announcing plans to ban all petrol and diesel transport by 2040, hopefully saving the planet in the process, the electric vehicle (EV) is ready to take centre stage in an eco-friendly revolution over the next few years.

Electric vehicles aren’t only good for the planet, they’re good for your pocket too. According to the Guardian, an overnight charge of an EV that has a battery that can cover a 100-mile range will only cost £3–4, compared to travelling the same distance in a regular car that needs £18–19 of fuel.

Rachel Stevenson
Rachel Stevenson
Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.

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