Is there a better thing to do than to spend a few hours on a Sunday exploring your own city? Especially when it's a sparkling sunny Sydney day. Well, there is an even better way, you can do the exploring whilst being driven around by your own personal driver.
My husband and I had the privilege of being invited to do a 'toodoo' in our own beautiful city with a toodooloo experienced driver, Ros, who was aptly aided by her tour guide husband Philip. To say we felt special and spoiled is an understatement.
Ros and Philip greeted us in a immaculately clean Mitsubishi Lancer hatchback complete with bottled water and a 'travel pack' courtesy of Ros's travel and hospitality background. Ros worked for three airlines and is well-versed in how to treat clients so their trip is memorable and stress-free. This is a special touch that impressed us as it was totally unexpected.
According to the toodooloo website "toodooloo is a new type of rideshare service that provides hourly bookings at fares well below other rideshare services." The service is for anyone needing a personal driver - tourists, business travellers, locals wanting to impress visitors or people wanting to run errands without parking hassles.
Imagine a shopping trip just like Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman' girls? Only you won't need Richard Gere to book a driver for you, just book one for yourself. I can see a girl's day trip right now complete with someone to help with the shopping bags.
The website is easy to navigate, and once you set up an account you can start planning and booking your trips. Here's some tips on How to toodooloo. With charges beginning at $38 per hour, you can choose from a variety of drivers all with their own level of expertise -
Standard - Locals who know their city well but are not professional tour guides to show you around their city using their vehicle.
Pro - Drivers who have formal qualifications and recognised experience as a tour guide in the city they are providing the service.
Plus - Drivers with a luxury car providing a service for business travellers and other users seeking a luxury vehicle.
The hourly rate covers the driver booking, other expenses such as food, tolls and parking fees will be extra. Restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and any other itinerary requirements can be organised with the driver. Costs involved will vary depending on the activities and places you wish to visit and how many hours are booked. One advantage of booking through toodooloo is being taken to places with a driver who has local knowledge of the best parts of their city. It is your choice as to how much the driver is involved in your booking.
We visited Woolwich Dock, Kirribilli, Clifton Gardens and Middle Head in complete comfort and learned historic facts that only a local person would know. Thanks Ros and Philip for a 5-star experience of our own city.
toodooloo has drivers available now in Sydney with more cities to come. Book your 'toodoo' now and explore in stress-free comfort.