Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Tips and Advice for Car Rentals

Choosing a car rental company and deciding what kind of deal to go for is generally one of the major decisions for many holiday makers. Depending on what kind of travel you are undertaking, you will require a different means of transport. A business trip to a big city versus a family holiday in the wilderness is incredibly different in terms of rental car needs. Here are some general tips and advice about what to look out for when looking at different car rentals.

Type of Vehicle – You will need to pay attention to how many people will need a seat, how much luggage you have to carry, are there any infants or children needing special seating and pets. These are all factors that you will need to think about regarding the size of the car you need. You can also think about the mileage you intend to travel and what car is more fuel efficient to avoid high refuelling costs. The final decision regarding car type will be in reference to weather conditions and terrain. If you are going to be driving across rugged terrain then a 4x4 may be more suitable, though if yu are driving along motorways or in the city, a less specific car will be fine.

Package Cost- You will find a variation on price according to different offers and packages the companies are currently holding. It is important to check for hidden costs and extras that you may not need but have been added on. In general you will rent a car on a day by day basis and pay extra for any additions such as car seats, sat nav systems and trailers. Taking some time to go over the bill and make sure you are in fact paying for everything you need and not for extras that you will not use is always a good idea.

Insurance – Most car rental companies will have a range of different insurance options that you can choose from depending on your specific circumstances. It is vital to get some insurance on your rental so that you are not faced with unexpected charges upon return. Should anything happen to the vehicle while in your care you can find yourself paying a great deal of money in compensation. Talk over your options with the car rental company so that you are fully aware of what the different insurance options involve and find the one that best suits you.

When picking up the vehicle you have hired make sure that you check the entire car over thoroughly. Make sure that you note down and point out to the company any scratches, dents or problems that you can see on the car before you take it away so that you are not held responsible upon return. Taking extra time and care to read through small print and check over the rental car before driving away will all work to protect you from potentially wasting of a lot of time and money in the future, allowing you to relax and enjoy your ride.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011


The explosion of the internet has changed all aspects of commerce and social life. And the holiday sector in particular has been completely altered. Gone are the days of trusting your local travel agent to organise all aspects of your two weeks abroad. Now a myriad of travel sites, flight aggregators and cheap hotel search engines have revolutionised the way we travel. But the package deals are still out there and sometimes they’re more economically sound than building your trip from the ground up. So what are the pros and cons of the classic package vacation deal and independent travel plans?


If you’re travelling alone rather than with a family, then organising all aspects of the trip yourself is probably the best bet. Then again, this is the way to go if there’s a large group heading somewhere together and room sharing and multiple activities becomes a factor. With DIY travel, every aspect of your vacation can be controlled. Ideal if you are planning a holiday of an unconventional length, plan to visit a number of locales or are heading to an unusual destination. And if you sign up to the myriad of travel sites and holiday email alerts, you can see your perfect trip and snap it up a last minute bargain for a fraction of the price.


All this organisation can be a headache, especially if you are trying to figure all this out yourself. While you might find the perfect flight for a low price, it could then be tricky to unearth that cheap hotel. And dealing with a larger number of travel organisations increases the risk of something going wrong (businesses failing, email confirmations not arriving, booking confusion). And of course, if you are not internet savvy, you are at a stark disadvantage. Online research takes a certain amount of skill especially with the vast amount of travel related websites out there.


In short – ease. Everything is planned and organised for you. Perfect if you are taking a family holiday and don’t have the time or inclination to sort everything out. Flights, accommodation, transfers and sometimes even food and entertainment are included. This can often work out as a much cheaper option than building all parts of your trip separately. There’s a huge range of resorts and destinations on offer for package deals, often aimed at families so kid based activities and plenty of nightlife for the grown ups are offered. And there is often a holiday rep onsite to help with any problems you encounter. You are also better covered with these sort of holidays in terms of insurance and compensation if something unfortunate does occur.


What you pay for is what you get. With an all-inclusive deal, if any aspect of the trip is problematic, it is going to be difficult and probably expensive to alter it. Basically, you’re stuck. Multiple visits to other locations can be quite hard to organise around a package deal and you also have to be wary of any ‘add ons’. Trips outside the resort, additional meals, sundries from the onsite store – these can all add up and eat into your vacation budget. There are also problems if you are a solo traveller as single person supplements can be applied if you’re on your own in a room.


Many felt the death of the package holiday was inevitable with the rise of the travel site and online research tools. But all-inclusive deals can still be the best option if you want a cheap easy trip, perhaps with a family, and are happy to be situated in one place. If you want something more unique and bespoke or are planning to visit one, or a number of unusual destinations and want the ability to change your plans, then a DIY holiday is best for you.

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