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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.
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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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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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Sure we love the summer, the spring, and even bits and pieces of the winter—ha—but the fall just might be the best of them all. Cooler temperatures, plenty of pumpkins, and of course all those leaves doing their thing. Hop in the car, take a walk, or just open your eyes and you’ll be able to take in the changes and colors of the season.
We took a look to see if we could find some states providing some kind of fall forecast—or just a guess—and this is what we found. Below are some of the best states for autumnal enjoyment, and when things are expected to turn to shades of red, yellow, and orange. Just save a sip of that apple cider, and click each state for its official foliage forecasts.
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Had enough of Pumpkin Spice Lattes? It's only just officially turned autumn, and there's still many weeks ahead for enjoying homemade pies, the coziness of your favorite hoodie, the colors of foliage, and harvest festivals. Speaking of...here are three of our favorite autumn harvest festivals in October:
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We all know that Highway 1 runs nearly the entire coast of California, from Mexico up through San Francisco to the Oregon border. Most people drive it in a day or two from San Diego or Los Angeles up to the Bay Area, with many itineraries including stops in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and Monterrey. Sprinkled between these well-known tourist towns is what this writer considers to be one of the best kept secrets in the country, the rural Central Coast of California.
San Luis Obispo has made headlines in recent years for its happy citizens, and San Simeon draws its fair share of attention thanks to Hearst Castle. Still, the Central Coast is largely bypassed and just a drive-through for out-of-state and international travelers in favor of the bright lights and beaches of Los Angeles and the beautiful bay of San Francisco. As a former resident of Santa Barbara, I had the pleasure of exploring this area in all its untouched glory, where the sea, mountains, and vines of wine country all come together along the coast.
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Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to head out on the open road for fresh sights and fresher air. After all, the classic road trip is one of America’s favorite travel traditions, no matter the season. Love for adventuring by car hasn't changed over the years, but surely some aspects of it have.
Well, Edmunds.com conducted a survey in August to see what 1,000 ordinary adults were thinking when it comes to hitting the road (and taking selfies while doing so).
Here's what they found:
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Now that the summer travel season is pretty much over it’s time to plan your shoulder season escape. The weather is better, the crowds have gone back to school and work, and it’s time for you to enjoy. If you’re still stuck on what to do there’s always a little weekend road trip, and thankfully Enterprise is ready to hand you a car for just $9.99 per day.
The offer is available at neighborhood locations, so no need to head up to the airport for a pick up. The deal runs between September 5 and May 20, so there’s plenty of time to check out a vehicle. You do need to rent for the whole weekend, so that means picking up your ride on Friday and dropping off your car on Monday.