I recently had to buy a car, thanks to a new suburban job that's inaccessible by public transit, and I explored a host of different scenarios to make that option work. But once I drive back home, this car owner will park and use buses, trains, and her own two feet to get around. My boots are made for walking, as the Nancy Sinatra song says -- and that's just what they'll do.
Maureen Jenkins is a freelance travel, food and lifestyles writer. She recently returned to her native Chicago after a year in France, and blogs about international travel at UrbanTravelGirl.com.