City Living

By Ziptopia by Zipcar | When you live in the city, you develop some serious street smarts. From small spaces to urban oases, we've got ways to make your metro life both sustainable and sensational.

Meal Prepping 101: How to Plan and Prepare Healthy Meals for the Week

Let’s be honest—there’s not much glamorous about planning your meals for the week. These meals aren’t likely to earn you many red 100’s on Instagram. …

7 of the Coolest Baseball Stadiums Our Cities Have to Offer

<b>1. AT&T PARK:</b> Home to the San Francisco Giants since 2000, AT&T Park is routinely ranked among the best stadiums in the MLB. It's hard to beat the …

How to Practice Mindfulness in the Busy City

Your city life is filled with energy and excitement. Streetscapes painted with fast-moving traffic, buskers who croon and strum loudly, crowds moving …

This is What It's Like to Work in the Gig Economy

For some, the gig economy is a thriving new realm of economic possibility, one in which it’s possible for flexible workers to make extra income—all …

Biking in the City: Bike Maintenance and Care

A properly functioning bike goes a long way toward making your rides more enjoyable. Maintaining your bike with a few simple steps keeps it in good …

Cycling

Be Your Own Tour Guide With These 7 Self-Guided City Apps

<b>1. GEOTOURIST:</b> Beyond the professionals, your fellow city dwellers are an excellent resource for finding interesting spots around town. That’s the …

Travel

Biking in the City: Which Bike to Buy and Tips for Cycling Safely

Green Line Velo has teamed up with Zipcar, our cycling team’s sponsor, to share essential tips in honor of National Bike Month. This week, we’ll go …

Cycling

7 Wild Obstacle Races Coming to a City Near You

<b>1. TOUGH MUDDER:</b> The <i>mudder</i> of all obstacle races (couldn’t help ourselves there), the wildly successful Tough Mudder has played a big role in pushing …

Fitness

How to Budget for City Life on an Entry-Level Salary

So much to do! So much to see! So much to…spend on doing and seeing those things.<p>Cities are full of world-class museums, diverse food, secret spots, …

Frugal Living

10 Apartment Feng Shui Tips to Create the Perfect Urban Oasis

<b>1. LET THERE BE LIGHT:</b> Glaring overhead lights: not a good look, as far as apartment feng shui is concerned. Instead, make your at-home illumination …

Home Decorating

Our Favorite (and Totally Doable) Sustainable City-Living Tips

<b>Dear Zipcar,</b><p><b>I want to live more sustainably in the city, but I don’t know where to start. Any tips?</b><p><b>Sincerely,<br>Aspiring Eco Urbanite</b><p><b>Dear Aspiring Eco</b> …

Sustainability

Go Green and Clean: Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

It’s finally spring: the season of picnics, fresh produce, and of course, spring cleaning. But before you break out the duster, it might be time …

Sustainability

13 Cutting-Edge Gadgets for Savvy City Pet Owners

Sure, cardboard boxes make great kitty hideouts and squirrels are fun doggie diversions. But why should humans get all the latest tech while pets are …

Pets

The How-To Compost Guide for City Dwellers

Did you know that yard waste and food scraps make up roughly 20-30% of what we throw away? But there's an easy way to do your part and rid yourself …

Gardening

These 8 Podcasts Will Make Your Morning Commute a Breeze

Love working in the city but not-so-in-love with your commute? Whether you’re walking, taking the subway, or driving into work, listening to an …

Podcasting

How to Start a Nonprofit: Lessons Learned from a Founder

Are you ready to take your activism to the next level, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Starting a nonprofit is a wonderful way to grow your …

Education

The Best Cities for Renters—and the Housing Laws You Need to Know

Are you renting your current home? If so, you’re far from alone—especially if you’re a millennial and a city-dweller.<p>In fact, get ready for some …

Housing

Back to the Feature: The Evolution of Car Design and Functionality

Self-driving cars may sound futuristic now…but we predict that in a matter of years, they’ll seem as old hat as car radios.<p>That’s because while …

Transportation

Me, Myself, and My 20 Roommates: Why Communal Living is the Future

Which would you prefer: no roommate or several dozen?<p>Increasingly, city-dwellers—especially millennials—are opting for the latter, in the form of …

Condominiums

City Sustainability Efforts—and the Grassroots Groups Who Lead Them

From melting ice caps to warming oceans, flooding coasts to dwindling species, the effects of climate change take many (alarming) forms. Fortunately, …

Sustainability

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12 Mesmerizing Images of Cities After Dark

<b>1. SHANGHAI, CHINA:</b> Just because the sun is setting doesn't mean the action stops, as any city-dweller knows. Even late at night, Shanghai's streets …

Hong Kong

9 Women Who’ve Shaped Our Cities, Past and Present

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month, so we decided to round up some of our favorite ladies, past and present, who have made an impact …

Jane Jacobs

Could You Pass Another Country’s Driving Test?

Remember the day you passed your driving test and <i>finally</i> got your driver’s license? (Freedom!) But what if you had to take your test on ice, answer a …

Sweden

7 Ways to Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Access to a Full Kitchen

If you’re someone who strives to make healthy choices whether you’re at home or on the road, but have very limited access to kitchen equipment, you …

Gordon Ramsay

6 Super-Smart Ways to Fight Global Warming in 2017

In 2017, climate change continues to be big news. Fresh on the heels of reports that 2016 was the hottest year on record (following two more …

George Mason University

DIY Guide to Growing Your Own Hydroponic Garden

When you think about hydroponics, your first thought is probably about something green, crunchy, and involving an expensive light. But people have …

Gardening

Take Five: How to Take Strategic Breaks to Boost Productivity

Here’s a stat for you: In a recent Zipcar survey of mid- to large-sized company employees, 69% of respondents reported taking breaks during the …

Productivity