How do I rent a car abroad?
Windows rolled down as the salty sea breeze hits your fingertips while you drive along the Mediterranean coast. Life is good. Your new travel buddy is sitting co-pilot, mapping out a day trip.
First Stop: Pesto Pizza.
Cars allow freedom. Be free while abroad through renting a car.
Let it be known - different rules apply to different countries. We got the GlobeKick team together to come up with the best car rental tips so you’re fully prepared once abroad.
Here are questions to answer:
Do you need an international driving permit?
Some countries require an international driver's license. Check with your country’s embassy before moving forward to the next step. This will avoid any issues before showing up to rent a car and getting turned down. The entire process takes about 4-6 weeks - plan ahead!
What are the rules of the road?
Do some basic homework before heading out. Each country will have different driving laws, so it’s smart and safe to get ahead of the game and know what to look out for. Doing this will allow less anxiety once hitting the road and starting your adventure.
Is there a rate difference between local agencies versus US?
While US agencies can be convenient - they might be more expensive. Be sure to compare prices at agencies like Enterprise, Avis, and Hertz (all operating in many countries). Sites like Kayak and Expedia are good to check out, too. And if you’d like to hit up some Euro ride-sharing apps - try BlaBlaCar and Liftshare.
Your cheapest option could be through your credit card company. Some cards offer international coverage. If that’s not the case, agree to the rental car company’s insurance plan. Unexpected things always happen - especially while traveling. Be sure to read the fine print to know exactly what their basic insurance covers.
Did ya download a GPS app?
Avoid hefty phone bills by downloading Citymapper. This free app gives multiple transit options for a car, taxi, subway, bike and walking routes all downloadable. Sygic GPS Navigation and Navmii are also great options offering preloaded directions, construction zones, vehicle tools and border crossings.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride.