Exploring Toronto with Maven
One thing that I miss the most about being home in Alberta, aside from my family of course, is grabbing the keys to my mom’s car and going for a long drive. There's something very therapeutic about being in your own space, listening to your favourite music and driving off to explore places you've never been before. Now that I live in Toronto, aka "the big city", moments like these are difficult to come by. Although, recently you may have noticed on my Instagram that I partnered with a car sharing app called Maven. Not only have Abhi ( @abhishekdekate) and I been able to venture to cute little towns outside of Toronto such as Hamilton, but we've also been able to explore our own city from a completely different perspective. On the other hand, not having to depend on unreliable, chaotic subways and streetcars has been a bonus too!
The first thing that I want to mention about using the Maven app is that it’s extremely easy to navigate. It only takes a couple of seconds to open the app, input your information (dates, times, location, etc) and before you know it there's a car reserved under your name. For me, the most exciting part of the process is choosing the vehicle. On this particular trip with Maven, Abhi and I opted with a white 2018 Chevrolet Cruze with the most amazing burnt orange leather interior. It was spacious, comfortable to drive and came equipped with all of the bells and whistles including a great navigation system and Sirius XM radio. If you’re looking for something bigger, they also offer a wide range of SUV’s such as the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Equinox and even a selection of Cadillac vehicles.
One of the first stops we made on this trip with Maven was Casa Loma located in midtown Toronto. Although I don't get to visit this spot often it still takes my breath away every time I visit. After all, it is a castle located smack dab in the middle of Toronto!
After Casa Loma, I insisted on finding a unique spot to take photos with the car. This meant heading down to the University of Toronto. While I was perched on top the car taking photos in front of this incredible building covered in lush greenery, I began to understand why having a vehicle in the city is not only convenient, but also gives you a completely different view of your surroundings. I’ve walked through the campus dozens of times, but driving through the grounds made me feel like I was in a completely different world (if that makes sense). On a side note, having a vehicle also allowed me to be more efficient with my time and inspired me to think outside of the box and explore parts of the city that I wouldn’t normally visit.
Overall, if you enjoy driving like I do but don't have access to a vehicle of your own, I highly recommend you download the Maven app and see what it has to offer. I'm not just saying this because I've had the pleasure of partnering with the brand over the past couple of months, but I truly believe in the company and what they stand for. If you're interesting in learning more about Maven and how the app works I've linked their website here.
This post is in collaboration with Maven, however the thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.
Photos captured by Abhishek Dekate