No that’s not a misspelling… I do mean cents.
I was recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico – a city consistently ranked as a top tourist destination in the United States… Cute plaza downtown, plenty of restaurants and galleries… but very little free parking for our rental car.
When we finally found a metered spot a good walk away from the plaza’s activity, I realized the meter is not the modern version you would find in other major cities – in other words, it still only took coins – no credit cards. Being from Los Angeles, where the car is king and the city wants to rob you for every parking penny possible, we were woefully unprepared for meters that don’t take plastic. So… we had to give up the spot, drive back to the commercial and crowded plaza, and find a Starbucks I could walk into and get change, while my husband circled around since there was no parking.
Searching for change, and then a new parking spot, can eat up valuable time on a trip, and isn’t any easier with children along
Thus… my travel tip: When renting a car, it is smart to make sure you have change if you will be driving to attractions. You just never know when a place hasn’t converted to the more modern meters that I had apparently taken for granted!