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Thirsty Travelers! The Field Guide to Drinking in America is Here

April 15, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let’s say you’re planning to take the Great American Road Trip this summer. Packing up the car and hitting the highway is a classic American pastime. Just like baseball, apple pie – and boozing.

Frequent beer judge and food and drink writer Niki Ganong makes it easy to imbibe across the United States* with her brand new book, The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler's Handbook to State Liquor Laws. Colorful infographics makes sense of confusing state-by-state liquor laws, detail how, when and (most importantly) how late beer, wine and liquor can be bought and include tips from local booze industry experts in each state.

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Some Guy Computed The Perfect European Road-Trip… Do you Agree?

April 13, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

How much trust would you put in a computer program calculating the precise route to your European vacation? Well, the dude that crafted Michigan’s perfect road trip and determined the optimal Kerouacian trip around America recently released his map for Europe.

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Hertz Installs Cameras In Cars But Promises They're Not Watching You

March 25, 2015 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

No need to utilize your GoPro the next time you’re away from home, as it looks like Hertz will be recording your vacation. Okay—so we’re exaggerating a little bit here, but there is news that the rental car giant has started to install cameras and microphones in some cars as part of their proprietary GPS and navigation system.

Right now the driver facing cameras can only be found in a selection of vehicles, and specifically it is those cars using version six of Hertz NeverLost. According to Hertz right now there is no plan to switch these cameras on or anything like that, and apparently the bandwidth and technology isn’t even there yet.

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The Season For $10 One-Way Rentals From Florida Has Arrived

March 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The annual migration out of Florida has started yet again, and that means it is now a wonderful time to take a one-way rental car road trip. Companies from Hertz to National need their vehicles elsewhere for the spring, and they’re offering up rental rates for as little as $10 per day—and no drop off fee!

Hertz calls their promotion Florida Drive Out, and they’re asking renters to pick up a participating vehicle from both airport and neighborhood locations in Florida. After that travelers are free to drop off their cars in spots all along the east coast from places like Georgia to Maine.

The rates are good between April 6 and June 30, but just remember that RQ ICFLT1 is what to enter into their site. Get the full details from the folks at Hertz right here—they’re even doing something out of Arizona!

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When (and When Not) to Splurge on a Rental Car Convertible

March 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The wind in your hair, the radio turned up, sunglasses on fleek, and every hottie on the sidewalk glancing your way. You're driving a convertible, baby!

The transformer of automobiles is frequently associated with men in mid-life crises and women who list "trophy wife" as their occupation, but there's no reason it's not also for you, for at least a few days. Convertibles are best enjoyed as a rental car, but making the decision to lay down the dollars for the upgrade is the worst part of the experience. In fact, it's a dilemma we faced hardcore in Hawaii this week.

Arriving to the Avis rental car counter at Kauai's Lihue Airport, we asked about the availability of an upgrade to a convertible. This being Hawaii, the lot was packed with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro convertibles, and the agent noted that typically they cost $129/day to rent (Priceline actually has them from $65/day at the LIH Airport location), but the upgrade price is significantly less on a prepaid economy reservation such as ours.

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Watch Those Rates: Hertz is Raising Rental Prices in 2015

December 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The New Year is already painful for travelers; as for one all those frequent flyer annual balances reset back to zero. Making things a little bit worse is the news from Hertz, as the rental car giant is upping prices and raising rates just in time to bust out the new 2015 calendar.

We can only assume that a reservation is a reservation, so if you’re booked at a current rate you should be good to go; however, it never hurts to check. What it does sound like is that Hertz has increased rates for vehicles being picked up after January 1. The financial types seem to like this kind of news, as the company’s stock has been headed up in recent days—but clearly not the best news for those looking to pick up a car for the weekend.

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Travel Gift Idea: An Espresso Machine for Taking on Road Trips

December 19, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

No time to swing by Starbucks on your drive to a meeting? Fear not. Just make your passenger play barista.

Just in time for the desperate final throes of Christmas shopping, allow us to introduce Handpresso: a portable espresso machine that will make a unique gift for the gadget-loving java junkie in your Secret Santa swap.

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The 5 Most Festive Drive-Through Christmas Attractions in the US

December 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:

Symphony of Lights Drive Through – Columbia, Maryland

Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.

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See Morocco and Australia the 'Long Way Round' by Motorcycle

November 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Charley Boorman has taken the Long Way Round, the Long Way Down, tackled Extreme Frontiers, accepted the Race to Dakar, and traveled around the world By Any Means. Charley's next adventures will take him to Australia and North Africa, and this time you can join him for the ride.

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It's Not Your Imagination; Rental Car Companies Do Prefer Certain Cars

October 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you think back on your last few rental car encounters there’s probably a decent chance that one of your vehicles was something like a Chevy Impala. The New York Times takes a look on why your car seems to be the same make and model time and time again, and it makes us want to pay a little extra to get something a little more unique, comfortable, and less Impala-y.

The Chevy Impala has been the top selling rental car for the last couple years, and just in 2013 alone they sold roughly 90,000 of the things—destined to sit at the airport awaiting your arrival. In fact more than half of the Impalas sold in the United States last year joined rental car fleets rather than heading to driveways.

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The Only US Fall Foliage Map You'll Ever Need

October 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Avocado. Saffron. Ochre. Red Delicious. Burnt Sienna. No matter what terms you use to describe the shades of fall foliage, there's no doubt that the multitude of hues deserve at least a little field trip.

To prepare for a foliage road trip, you could visit the leaf forecasts of each individual state or national park, or you could just bookmark smokymountains.com's comprehensive map of the United States' color progression through autumn.

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One-Way Rental Car Deals for a Last-Minute Autumn Road Trip

October 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

We might be a little bit weird in our love for rental cars, but seriously, picking up the car after getting off the plane still gives us a little thrill each and every time—especially when we score a good one.

Good news if you feel the same way, since there are a few good rental car deals kicking around right now. The fall is the perfect time for a road trip, so check out some of these rates, book something, and get driving.

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