Traveling with itineraries provided by travel agencies or your travel club is a common practice, and these packages usually come with a free ride. However, there are still some merits in renting a car when you are on vacation. Some travelers worry about the cost because of the common misconception that car rentals usually cost an arm and a leg, but if you combine this with the advantages that we will discuss in a bit, you will find that renting a car is actually more cost-efficient.
To give you a better picture of the gains of renting a car, we came up with a list of the things you get to enjoy should you choose to rent one on your next vacation, whether it is domestic or in another country.
You get to choose which car to use, and this is an opportunity to save up on gas money. By renting a car, you give yourself the liberty of choosing a car that does not use up a lot of gas. Can you imagine what other fun things you could do with your family with the extra money you have because you did not have to shell it all out for gas?
It makes visiting foreign countries such a breeze. To make the experience more worthwhile, particularly if you have visited that particular country before, renting a car is an ideal option. Getting lost is unlikely, even if it was your first time to visit that country because you can simply go for rentals in vacation packages that are bundled with GPS services.
Rented cars are often in better shape that your own car. Since these cars are used for a living, or for some travel deals, and does not simply exist for the sheer purpose of getting you around, you would think that the owners invest more on maintenance, and are serviced more frequently than your own car.
You get to tailor-fit your mode of transport to the nature of your vacation, or the members of the family. Let's say your family decided to go hiking. You know what this entails-a lot of off-road driving. For that, you will need a 4x4 ride, otherwise, you're going to risk having your car break down in the middle of the trip, or spend more money for maintenance after.
Renting cars make the experience better. We know we could not stress this enough, but when you rent a car, you find that you are more in-charge of the trip that usual. You can make as many pit stops as you want, take the route you want to take, and even take a detour if you please. What's even better is that you get to do all these without having to worry that you might hurt your car's mileage, because guess what-the car is rented!
There is not clear cut formula for best family vacations, but at least having one that is hassle-free, cost efficient, and one that gives you more room for spontaneity definitely makes it better.
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Author: By B. Boyd