Choosing a rental car is not the most glamorous part of vacation planning. When we travel, it usually doesn’t matter what type of car we have. I’d like something not too small and with enough room for 2 suitcases, but besides that, a car is a car. Occasionally we do splurge, like when I got this Audi from Silvercar.
There’s a law of diminishing returns when it comes to travel planning. Putting in a little extra time into the trip can save you time, save you money or give you a better experience. This is very true when renting a car.
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There’s a lot of stress that comes with traveling. You have to get through the security checkpoint and then hang out in an airport or airport lounge that’s way too crowded and may be going through a huge renovation. Unless you have first class or business class, you’re jammed into a plane. Hotels have also made for less happy experiences, especially if you’re into the points & miles thing, by changing the rules about stays, or, well, I can just say #Bonvoyed and most people reading this will understand what I mean.
However one aspect of travel has continued to increasingly make for relatively high satisfaction levels – that of car rental companies.
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Every place you encounter has “social norms,” which are the behavioral rules that it’s assumed (or at least hoped) people will follow. Each place has its own sets of social norms, so the things you’re supposed to do, say and act at, let’s say, jury duty, are not the same as those if you’re at a baseball game.
Social norms also vary from country to country (here are some examples I bet you didn’t know about) and knowing and following those social norms while you’re there (i.e. not blowing your nose in public in Japan) shows you have respect for that country, its people and its social norms.
But just as blowing your nose in public in Japan would be looked at oddly, there are other examples where the social norms of one aspect of traveling would be totally crazy in another. Take a look…
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With more and more people traveling, depending on where in the U.S. you’re flying/driving/floating into or out of, the lines at TSA checkpoint and/or customs/immigration can be ridiculously long sometimes (I’m looking at you, Orlando International Airport, but there are others, too). Fortunately, there are ways to bypass the queues. Fortunately or unfortunately, there are several options of programs nowadays, some government-run, one not, and unless you sit down and read each one, it’s hard to decide if, or which one, you should consider. Hopefully, this will help.
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I was looking at a scratch off world map the other day and in comparing different styles and prices, seemed to go down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland as I started looking at all the stuff that’s out there for travelers. Some have been out for forever, some seem to be pretty new. Most (not all) are REALLY cool. Here are some of my favorites:
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