Traveling during the holidays is always stressful and while we’d love to write a blog about how it’s no big deal and how we can make it easy for you – that’s just not true. There are simply too many things that can go wrong, that get complicated and that can be stressful about the whole experience.
Many things we don’t even have to bother going over with you here. You know the drill, right? Presents, family, kids, more people, more stress, flights to catch, connections to make, multiple mood gear shifts – it’s all there.
But we can do – is help take the edge off a bit by helping you find a great deal on your holiday car rental. The one thing people ALWAYS overlook during this time of year is renting a car from here to there. You’re more worried about making sure you get to your general destination via flight, you’re worried about buying presents, you’re worried about surprises, valuables – all of it.
So we’re here to remind you that – yes, you’ll probably need a rental – but that there are ways to make your experience easy, affordable – and do it all with as little stress as possible.
So let’s jump right in!
Make sure you need one
If you’re traveling within the city limits or close to an airport – then a taxi, Uber or rail might be all you need. But if you’re traveling to a destination located out of a particular metro area, the chances are you’ll need a car. Then from there – it really comes down to the length of your trip and the kind of comfort, space and room you’re looking to get.
Set a budget
When people travel during the holiday season, the last thing they usually take into account is the expense of a rental car – and that’s where they tend to get themselves into a little trouble. Set a budget and do what you can to stick to it. Everyone’s purses get stretched thin during the holiday season – so get what you need.
Search for local deals
While the big boxes get all the attention, a lot of people don’t know that going with a smaller, more local car rental company can prove to be far more beneficial. They’ll be able to work with you on things like budgets, stipulations and the like. And above all else – try to stay away from booking rental cars at the airport. Go off-campus, so to speak. You’ll pay more for the ‘convenience’ of renting a car at the airport when a simple shuttle or taxi cab ride can save you hundreds of dollars.
Do your research
Get an idea for what the actual going rates for the period of time that you’ll be traveling. The holiday season tends to see a bit of a spike with many rental car services, so get an idea of what the market looks like and see where you can find the best rate. Also – don’t be afraid to travel off the beaten path and look local. Again – you’ll be able to wheel and deal effectively there – and they need your business. You’ll get better, more reputable service.
Be mindful of terms, conditions, deals and packages
The holiday season brings with it a significant uptick in business for car rental companies. To maximize their profits, companies will frequently offer deals, holiday specials and package deals. Take advantage of them – that’s what they’re there for!