There is nothing as interesting as having a holiday road trip especially when going with your family. However, to make the most out of your trip, it is important you use a car rental service and that you have certain information handy before the trip. Here are some of the information.
Know the tourist centers to visit
Finding out that the trip will cost more than your budget can mar your fun so it is important to know the total cost. The best way to do this is to plan your itinerary beforehand. This means that you should plan all the locations to visit. It is when you have this handy that you can find out how much it costs to visit each of the locations.
Check airline’s cabin luggage allowance
Even if you have been traveling through the same airline, it is important to double-check on the cabin luggage allowance as it often changes. You don’t want to get hit by unpleasant surprises.
Check your route
If you are travelling by train, it is important to note your train times and seats. You also need to find out the name of the station where you will get off. Sometimes, pronunciation can be an issue. For instance, there is a city in Mexico called Tijuana
and it is pronounced “Tiguana”. Bad pronunciation may sometimes lead to confusion and misinformation. So, you need to find out how the name of the station is pronounced.
Select your hotel or accommodation facility
It is important to select your preferred hotel before you move. That way, you will be able to confirm their policy and the facilities in their rooms. You may need a hotel where wi-Fi is available as you may want to remain in touch with your social media peeps.
It is also important to check their check-in time and other policies. You may want to go along with your little pet dog and several hotels do not allow pets.
Understand the culture of the people
It is advisable to do a little research about the people that live in your chosen holiday location. This will help you relate better with the people. For instance, in several countries in West Africa, calling a young lady a woman is an insult. It means you are saying she is old. They prefer you call them ladies, whereas, the word “lady” is derogatory to American women.
Know how much it costs to rent a car
If you are going on the trip with your family, you need to use a car rental since it is cheaper and more convenient for a rented car to convey you to all the locations you planned to visit. While there are numerous car rental companies around, the quality of their services differ as well as their charges. So, you need to apply the following tips to choose the right company.
Tips on choosing a car rental company
1. Check the terms and conditions for rentals carefully as some of them offer low rates but hidden fees.
2. Go for a company that offers a wide variety of vehicles as it will give you more options.
3. Confirm whether you are limited to certain number of kilometers/miles or not
4. Take the time to confirm if there are other fees apart from the rental fee as most of them are usually silent on additional fees until after you have rented and used their car
Conclusively, if you are travelling alone, it may not be cost effective to use a car rental service but if you are travelling with your whole family, you are better off with it.