Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, renting a car ensures you both independence and spontaneity. Rather than spending your valuable time poring over bus and train schedules, hop into your rental car and get on the road. When travelling by car, there’s no risk of missing your next ride to an important meeting or being delayed by faulty public transportation. Renting a car allows you to stay longer, leave earlier, or stop at attractions that grab your attention as you drive by.
Although some cities have made great headway with public transportation, the majority of the world is still dependent on car travel. Renting a car allows you to navigate the world like the locals and to explore areas that are still not conveniently accessible by public transportation. If you see something that draws your attention, you can simply pull over! You can also tailor your car choices to your specific travelling needs: a small car for day trips, a larger car with extra luggage space for larger groups, maybe even a convertible for a luxurious ocean cruise. Depending on the quality of the roads in the area to which you’re travelling, you may want to book a car with four-wheel drive. And don’t forget to double-check on which side of the road the locals drive – the right or the left. If you’re accustomed to driving on the other side of the road, you may want to rent a car with an automatic transmission to ease your period of adjustment!
As a general rule, always lock all of your belongings in your trunk whenever you leave your car. Before you rent, double-check whether your existing car insurance will also cover the car you’ll be driving abroad; many countries have specific requirements for car insurance. If you’re planning an international trip by car once you arrive, double-check mileage and mileage limitations. Particularly if you’re travelling through remote regions, consider bringing spare parts, extra gasoline, and plenty of water with you. But above all, embrace the spontaneity of life, and take all the minutiae of exploration into your own hands with the independence of your own car!