I'm sad about there not being any tele-taxi action in FFXIV. It was one of my favorite things to do in FFXI.
I loved the scene in lower Jeuno and later Whitegate, sitting there watching people run by, the sound of their steps rising and fading accompanied by the ambient wind-like sound in the background (with music turned off). Shouts for various activities would come and go. Friends sent emotes to each other. RMT taru trains ran by. Afk characters stood around in different arrangements each day. It was a relaxing scene.
I had my regular customers who I would chat with for a bit while the tele was casting. Some of them I would tele every day and it was always nice to see them. Tele-taxi competition would show up and we'd have showdowns to see who could claim the shouts first. It was really intense and I would offer my congratulations when they beat me and we'd end up talking and sending emotes to each other.
I would sit in my tele spot and begin saying things in /say. Other people around would join in and next thing I know we have a random group of people sitting around in a circle just chillin' and talking away. I'd continue doing my teles and get back to the conversation as quickly as possible. Other times shout chats and arguments would erupt which were always amusing.
One of my regular customers invited me to his in-game wedding which was a blast and I was so happy for him and his in-game wife. They were so nice and we even had a fireworks party at the place I did my teles. Me and about six other people had fireworks and we were shooting them all over the place. It was quite a show!
I never would have experienced any of this if it wasn't for being a tele-taxi. It was so nice to be able to come home after a stressful day at work and just sit there and chill while making some gil and interacting with people. But now this joy is being taken away in FFXIV. It leaves me wondering how I can replicate that experience (and how I can make gil lol).
I really hope that SE provides activities for hanging around in town like mini-games that are public in nature. Or perhaps crafting will be more involved and will provide an excuse to spend lots of time relaxing in town without losing a ton of gil in the process. With all those hectic battles, sometimes it's nice to just stop and enjoy the scenery in town and chat with some fellow adventurers.
FFXI has the friendliest community of players I've ever had the pleasure of playing with in an online game and I have high hopes for that carrying over into FFXIV.