If you want to get somewhere in Final Fantasy XI, you usually have to walk there. Like an animal. Sure, there are rentable chocobos (expensive), airships (only between specific ports), and personal chocobos (on lengthy cooldowns), but odds are you need to walk. Or needed, anyhow; the latest version update adds in a variety of new mounts that you can just summon to ride about at your leisure. Now you can ride everywhere! Assuming the locale in question allows for mounts, anyhow.
Once you get tired of riding places and possibly kicking sand in the faces of the nearest rental chocobo NPC, you can move on to other entertaining diversions like the brand-new Ambuscade content which pits one to six players against monsters in a constrained arena. The rewards include a special sort of currency that can be used for items and upgrading specific gear, with hard limits on how much you can get each month and a reset for each version update. There’s plenty to be done in the game with this addition, so dive in and enjoy the version update.