Booking a holiday well in advance means you can get some of the best bargains that the tour operators put into the marketplace. The trouble with booking early – generally speaking – is that a certain amount of spontaneity is taken away from your break. If you have your flight, transfers and accommodation all sorted in advance then your break might be in danger of becoming, well, a little dull? However, there’s something you can do about it.
Booking excursions once you have arrived means working to the operator’s schedule and usually travelling in a large group by coach. Last minute car rental deals are generally budget-friendly and are available in major cities across the globe, so they are a much better choice if you want to inject some spontaneity into your break. Choose a few days for hiring a car in the middle of your stay, so that your days spent in the locality of the city or the resort are split up. If you have additional travel requirements, such as limited mobility, then car hire certainly makes sense and is a much better option than, for example, catching local buses.
Explore The Location
Hiring a vehicle gives you the freedom to roam. In some locations, of course, using public transport to get about is not a viable option even if you have the language skills needed to read timetables and so on. With a car, you can reach out of the way spots. Fancy driving to an undiscovered beach or seeking out a tourist attraction that is off the beaten track? With a hire car, the world is your oyster.
Avoid Taxi Fares
If you stay out late and need to get back to your hotel, whilst on holiday, then getting an expensive taxi may be your only option if you don’t have a hire car to utilise instead. Of course, not all taxi drivers see tourists as easy prey which they can rip off. Having said that, there are regular news stories which demonstrate that – in some locations – this is the case. Car hire costs generally beat taxi fares if you factor in several trips that are more than a few miles.
In a tourist resort, you tend not to see the best of the culture of you place you are visiting. Everything tends to be geared up to tourism. With a hire car, it is easy to visit places that are a bit less touched by tourism and to understand the local culture better. If you are visiting a Greek island, for instance, try driving inland rather than taking the coastal road so that you see another side of life.