Slovenia is a small country with a population of about 2 million. You can drive from one end of Slovenia to another in about 3 hours. But the driving time nearly triples when you use public transportation. A one hour journey will take you about 3 hours by bus and a train route may not even exist. So needless to say, everybody drives around here. But what if you are studying in university or a tourist or simply don’t want to drive?
While Slovenes share a cultural love of cars and driving (cars are a big status symbol here), the younger generation is opting for something more economical as an alternative to driving.
Enter car-sharing. A growing trend for the past half decade, car-sharing services are changing the way Slovenes get around. The most commonly used local service, Prevoz.org, was built as a community project for students to connect them with other students with cars. Now, it is widely used by all Slovenes to travel within Slovenia and neighboring countries. Unlike Uber or Zipcars, these are local people renting out seats for the journey they are already making.
Prevoz’ site is simple in design and usage: you select the starting and ending destinations and are presented with all the participating drivers who are making the journey, how many seats are left in their car and the cost of the trip. Simply select the time and the price that works for you and book your seat.
I took a bus from Ljubljana to Piran. It took me 3 hours and cost 13 Euros. On the return journey, I booked a seat through Prevoz with Slovene couple. Although they didn’t speak a word of English and I didn’t speak a word of Slovene, we still managed to have a great exchange. They even gave me a tip on where to find dessert. This trip only took one hour and 20 mins and cost 6 Euros. The difference in money and convenience is unbelievable. What better way to travel the country and meet a few locals!
This post was written by our TrendSpotter Anuja Joshi, who is part of The Remote Year project, proving that—thanks to technology—one can work just about anywhere. She will be sending updates regularly as she works her way around the globe in the months ahead.