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One of our favorite parts of the travel experience is snagging a rental car. Maybe it’s because our 2001 is kind of a clunker at this point, but we do really enjoy a brief interlude of new car smell and air conditioning that actually works. Anyway, The Wall Street Journal has some interesting insight regarding rental cars — and the current odds of what type of ride you'll get.
Based on the odds, you're most likely to score a Chevy Cruze as your rental. Why? While SUV sales are still strong, sedans aren't moving as fast as they used to. According to the WSJ, about 21% of the compact cars and 20% of the midsize cars sold during the first three months of the year actually ended up at rental car firms rather than in, say, your neighbor’s driveway: "The Chevy Cruze had the highest volume of cars going to rental car fleets during the quarter, amounting to about 45% of the compact’s total sales, followed by the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and Chrysler 200."
These options are all fine and dandy, but we’ll still keep holding out hope for that one time — just one time! — that we’ll be upgraded to a Mercedes. Or—we could just use SilverCar to get our German car fix.
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Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.
Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.
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.
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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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 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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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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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.
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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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:
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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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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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.