Most travelers, particularly those who like to travel like a local, prefer to use public transport when moving from one place to another. It’s cheap, usually reliable, and an easy way to get from A to B.
However, hiring a car on vacation can make a lot of sense, and, after-all, who doesn’t love a good road trip!
The thought of driving in a new country can definitely be overwhelming. But thousands of travelers opt for car rentals on vacations, and having your own vehicle can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Granted, some destinations are more suited to having a car than others, for instance LA is a city where it really pays to hire a car, where-as if you’re visiting New York you probably won’t need one. But going through this list will help you decide whether your next vacation could benefit from a car rental.
Let’s be honest – no-one particularly enjoys a long bus ride. It can be crowded, too hot, and most all, incredibly boring.
Though despite being confined to one seat for hours at a time, there are definitely ways to distract yourself so that the time flies by.
Dreading an upcoming long distance journey? These activities will keep you entertained throughout the long-distance bus ride.
LA is one of those iconic destinations that every traveler should experience at least once in their lifetime; a sprawling urban metropolis that is deeply creative, and bursting at the seams with culture, personality, and access to Mother nature.
Whatever draws you to LA, whether it be laying underneath palm trees on a golden coast, the glitz of Hollywood, upmarket bars and boutiques, or lacing up your hiking boots for treks across the rugged mountains, LA truly has something for everyone.
But with such a huge range of experiences, in a city more than ten times the size of Paris, the most difficult part of planning isn’t going to be figuring out what to include on your itinerary; it’s going to be how to maximize your time.
For that reason alone we highly recommend renting a car.
Whether you’re going out of town or crossing borders to a neighboring country, a road trip can be an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure.
While many road trips entail a regular vehicle, and booking hotels for each night you’re away, you might also consider getting or renting an RV, especially for long distance travels.
Modern RVs come equipped with everything you need to make the journey easier for you, and everyone else who comes along for the ride. From bathrooms to recreation areas, RVs have the amenities that add to your overall comfort.
While it’s many people’s dream to own their own RV, finding one that’s both right for you and fits your budget can be the tricky part. Fortunately, there are many strategies for finding the right RV. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Our most recent road trip saw us hire a car in Cancun. We were wary about driving in Mexico, but ultimately wanted the freedom to get around without being stuck on a tour bus.
And while the trip itself went smoothly, picking up the car hire almost took longer than the flight did.
Despite the ridiculous wait, I didn’t plan on complaining; the Hertz girl was copping an earful already. The guy in front of us was trying to return his vehicle, and wasn’t thrilled that his credit card was being charged $5,000 for, what he argued, was minimal damage.
He had taken out car hire insurance, but didn’t have an excess waiver, and had a really shitty deductible.
After having listened to an hour of his yelling, we finally got the keys to out own vehicle, and, drove out of the lot having learnt a very valuable lesson.
Who doesn’t love a good road trip! Kicking back listening to your favorite tunes, munching on gas station snacks, and leaving all your worries at home as you hit the open road.
As far as road trip scenery goes, California has a fantastic mix of perfectly sun-kissed beaches, natural landscapes and attractions which constantly sees drivers pulling over to the side of the road. So if you’re ready to plan your next road rally, consider cruising down California’s coast.
Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery here, and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States. Southern California is one of the most iconic destinations for a road trip, so we’ve deiced to center our focus on hidden gems of the North.
Here are six fantastic spots you may not have thought of between Santa Rosa and Los Angeles.
A road trip through the UK is by far the best way to experience all the region has to offer especially as it isn’t all that large.
Filled with abundant natural attractions that can easily be explored by renting a car, you will find wonderful hotels throughout the country in both iconic cities and charming small towns, all of which make great overnight stopping points or bases from which to explore the UK’s greatest natural landscapes.
But beyond planning your itinerary, there are many factors that you will need to consider when you’re actually renting your car. Answers to common questions like ‘do I have any specific vehicle requirements’, or ‘do I want it delivered it to us for free?’
With this in mind, here are 5 things to consider before choosing a car rental for a road trip in the UK.
People planning a vacation in the western United States usually make two big mistakes.
The first is that they spend too much time in Los Angeles. But there is so much more to do in the western United States than explore the bubble of rich homes and Hollywood clones, that we would argue you should skip LA completely.
The second mistake is that they assume Las Vegas is all about the gambling, and miss out on the geological wonderland and incredible natural surrounds. And while we’ll include Las Vegas in this itinerary, we do so as a base for exploring further out.
Western USA is an incredible region for a road trip, and travelers have a diverse range of exciting cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders to choose from when planning an itinerary. But being that there is so much to cover, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re struggling with planning your route, use the following guide to fill two weeks worth of driving. These are the highlights of Western USA … not including LA.
Our recent week in Strahan saw us hike to thundering waterfalls, take a steam train through tangled forest, and cruise through Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area.
There were long stretches of wild ocean beach to explore, massive sand dunes to conquer, and ruins of early convict prisons set up in Tasmania’s wild west.
Follow this itinerary to experience it all!
Road trips can make for an amazing adventure, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. But even short road trips don’t guarantee that you won’t encounter an accident or vehicle damage on the road.
Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway in your local region, or heading overseas to hit the open road, it’s important to be well-prepared with car insurance for the many unexpected things can happen.
And don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if it’s your car you don’t need car insurance! On the contrary, you might actually need it more so.
Whether you’re renting a car at home for a day trip, or abroad for a longer journey, the numbers can add up really quick. Especially when you consider the daily cost of the car rental, paying for gas, and any extras you may need like the use of a GPS, baby seat, or exceeding your mileage.
While some destinations have great options for public transportation like buses or trains, others leave you with few options but to rent a car. And what are you to do when you’ve already spent so much on a trip and you don’t want to overwhelm your budget even more?
This guide will share the best tips for saving money when renting a car. There are a surprising amount of discounts out there if you know where to look, as well as tricks for saving when you book.
Are you the kind of individual who prefers to drive to wherever you are going? With well over a million miles behind the wheel, you can put me in this category.
And I am not an over-the-road trucker. Driving puts you in control of your itinerary while providing the benefits of flexibility and getting to see some amazing countryside.
As you might expect, mechanical issues have come up in these many miles I’ve driven. And let me assure you, traveling is easier when you are prepared for an emergency.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five tools you should seriously consider having in the car for your next roadtrip.
The UK is one of the top rated destinations by travellers, and for good reason. It is a destination that transports you into a real life fairytale complete with castles, gardens, kings, and princesses.
While most visitors focus their time and attention around the big cities as they take in all the pubs, nightlife, and Royal sights, the UK’s off the beaten path areas are equally enticing. The UK is filled with abundant natural attractions that can easily be explored by renting a car and taking an unforgettable road trip.
A road trip through the UK is by far the best way to experience all the region has to offer especially as it isn’t all that large. You will find wonderful hotels throughout the country in both iconic cities and charming small towns, all of which make great overnight stopping points or bases from which to explore the UK’s greatest natural landscapes.
So get off the London tube and take full control of your next UK holiday by taking a self drive tour of some of the UK’s lesser known treasures. They’re even more impressive than Buckingham or Big Ben!
We all love an epic road trip, and as far as choosing the perfect destination, California is one of the most diverse states in the world. Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States.
But road trips aren’t ever about getting from point A to point B, they’re about the stop offs and itinerary you create inbetween.
Whether you’re simply looking for some time to relax and recharge, or you want to embark on an adventure before you’re stuck behind a wheel for several hours, California has plenty of stop-offs to keep you entertained.
It is a nation of breathtaking scenery, medieval castles, rich culture, and of course, Guinness. This magical island known as Ireland has long been charming visitors, with its residents offering their warmest welcome and all too eager to share why they believe their country is one of the finest.
Ireland is a destination suited to nearly every type of traveller; I assure you its treasures will leave a lasting buzz much stronger than any amount of Jameson could ever inflict. Here, old world charm meets modern day luxuries, making an Irish holiday both magical and carefree.
So whether you’re a solo backpacker seeking a true adventure or simply want to enjoy retired life with the love of your life, pack your bags and head to the Emerald Isle for a holiday you won’t soon forget.
Japan could easily be considered to be among the world’s most desired destinations. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of watching the sun set over a tori gate, visit the thousands of shrines in Kyoto, or witness dawn from the top of Mt. Fuji?
And in terms of getting around, the country has one of the safest, cleanest, fastest, most efficient, punctual and convenient public transportation networks in the world. But while you might be tempted by the city subways, bullet trains, or even by catching a flight, we opted for an entirely different way of seeing Japan: by bike.
With considerate drivers, great infrastructure, and a well connected network of roads, Japan is a perfect destination for bicycle touring first-timers. We spent 3 months on our bikes exploring Kyushu, Shikoku, and Southern Honsu, but you still can easily cover a wide cross section of Japan in 7 – 10 days.
Regional Victoria is full of stunning sights and the natural beauty of the Hattah-Kulkyne national park is one of the many examples of that.
In the heart of the Australian bush, the outback park is home to a superb freshwater system of creeks and lakes that connects to the Murray River, and within it lives a whole host of beautiful bird, marine and wildlife.
Although don’t make the mistake of assuming Hattah-Kulkyne is only of interest to binocular toting nature lovers, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied!
Road trips can make for an amazing adventure, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. But have you ever wondered if your truck is actually ok for your next adventure?
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway in the mountains, or spontaneously hitting the open road, it’s important to be well-prepared for the many unexpected things can happen on the road.
So before you load up your truck, make sure have the following in check for your road trip ahead.
Road trips can make for an amazing adventure, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. But have you ever wondered if your car is ok for a road trip? Or what you should check before driving off?
As easy as it is to just jump in the car and drive, road trips do require a little bit of prior planning, and there are some important checks you should run to ensure your safety.
The following are 5 tips on making sure your car is road trip ready; 5 most important vehicle checks before driving off.
We’re all familiar with the age-old maxim “it’s the journey that matters, not the destination”, and nothing embodies this more so than a vacation in an RV. You’re unrestrained by tight schedules, you get to see parts of a destination others don’t see, and it’s just you and the open road – you’re totally free.
But after you’ve decided to hit the open road, it’s a little bit more involved than just picking up the keys to an RV. There are quite a number of different classes of vehicle, and many differences are important to note as they make each class unique.
So to help you navigate the world of RV’s, and choose a rental which is right for your journey, Campanda has put together a great infographic to help you make a more informed decision on which one would be the best fit for you and your family.
A road trip is often the best way to explore if you’re looking to appreciate the diversity of natural scenery you would otherwise miss from a plane. And it’s an especially good idea if you’re one of those travelers who enjoys the freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace.
With some truly stunning roads throughout the world, your first decision is planning out where you want to drive. And then you should conduct some research on how to stay safe, as every country will have different road rules, environments and landscapes.
Here are our 5 best tips for a safe road trip experience.
Australia is an enormous and amazingly diverse country. In order to explore the vastness of the continent’s interiors, the best way is to embark on an outback journey and drive those rugged roads.
You can stop along the way for a cool swim, and stay on sprawling outback stations. Though there are many routes to the Australian Outback, many entry points, and many destinations.
You could enter along the rugged coastlines or through the western outback. Just make sure that your 4WD vehicle is in as good condition as you.
With your wheels donning on all season tyres, make sure that your vehicle is safe and sturdy before entering the heart of Australia and driving remotely. The following are 4 ideas on possible routes.
India is a diverse country full of incredible history, culture, and nature, and one of the most popular ways to explore is by road trip or bus tour.
But I’ve never felt that flashes of a destination through a window is enough to fully experience its true beauty. I believe that “what we see through the windows is nothing but moving pictures which is kind a like watching TV”. After-all, should we not aim to feel and sense our own presence in the scene, as opposed to just watching it?
For this reason I became a fan of motorcycle travel. And where India is concerned, it’s very easy for tourists to buy or rent. But riding a motorcycle on Indian roads is a whole lot different than riding in the west. So, here are my few tips and tricks to easily ride your motorcycle on Indian Roads.
Road trips are synonymous with the United States of America due to its sheer size and vast highways, but did you know that the first ever road trip by automobile took place in Germany?
Europe has some of the most stunning roads in the world, and for those who dream of being on the open road YourParkingSpace has put together some of the best routes for a European Road Trip, plus what you can see and do in these regions.
Tasmania lies roughly 400 km from mainland Australia however it seems like a world away; a magical destination where you can escape the crowds of Australia’s main cities, and access vast wilderness and astounding natural wonders like no-where else in the world.
There’s a relaxing pureness about this small island State, and its towns transport you back to simpler times where modern stresses cease to exist. It definitely offers all the modern conveniences you could hope for, but has somehow managed to maintain its unique culture and charm. Managed to preserve it’s World Heritage Areas, wildlife, beautiful landforms, natural and cultural history, and brought them into modern times.
But it’s difficult to really experience all Tasmania has to offer without a car, so there was no question about how we would get to the Island of the Devil; we would journey overnight from the mainland on Spirit of Tasmania. By transporting ourselves along with our personal vehicle and all our gear we were assured of getting the most rewarding experience Tassie could offer.