Renting a car is one of the best ways to see and familiarize yourself with a destination, but after adding extras like insurance, car seats and taxes, the price can really add up. In order to lessen the potential monetary burden of a rental car, arrive at the rental car counter armed with the tips below.
Reserve before you arrive. Some last-minute travelers prefer to wait until they arrive to sort out the rental car details, but booking weeks in advance can help you get a better rate, especially if you’re traveling during peak travel seasons when the availability of vehicles may decrease. Waiting to reserve a car at the airport can also come with fees like city taxes.
Use credit card benefits. Before booking, check to see if any of your credit cards come with travel perks like rental car insurance. This can save you big bucks as you won’t have to purchase the rental company’s insurance plan, but make sure the plans are comparable and you’ll be covered for the basics.
Memberships like AAA, AARP, Costco or BJ’s Wholesale also can come with travel benefits through their partnerships with rental car companies. Check their travel portals to see how membership in these organizations can lead to rental car savings.
Don’t forget about discount sites. Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial often have travel deals, which can include discounts on rental cars. Browser extensions like EBates and Wikibuy can help you find discounts or rebates for your rentals, as well.
Take photos. Before driving off on your adventure, inspect the car thoroughly with a rental car agent and take photos of any dents or blemishes to avoid being sacked with damage fees at the end of your trip.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.