I don’t know about you, but most people I know are already making plans to travel as soon as the pandemic ends. Of course, while there’s no telling when COVID-19 will finally be a thing of the past. But it doesn’t harm anyone to fantasize about returning to a normal, enjoyable life afterward. One of the most common travel plans among families and young people are taking road trips to the great American outdoors. If you’re planning on traveling after the pandemic, this blog explores why you might want to consider a road trip on a rental car.
Reasons to Rent a Vehicle for a Road Trip
There are several benefits to renting a vehicle, and they can be very useful in terms of family or friends’ road trip. Here are a few of the best ones:
Let’s take a closer look at these below.
1. Cheaper Travel Costs
Air travel has certainly gotten cheaper over the past few years. This is thanks to a growing number of airlines that offer holiday packages to attract tourists. The trouble is, once you get to your destination, you end up spending several times more on commuting to places. You will need a ride to your hotel. You will also need to find transportation to go exploring and see the sights. But public transport usually only covers high-traffic routes. So if you want to go to some place more remote, you’ll have to pay hefty cab fare to get there.
Now compare that to hiring a holiday car. You don’t have to bear with outrageous cab fares to get from point A to point B. You will spend less on your commute to different tourist attractions, as well as have the freedom to go wherever you want. Plenty of tourist hotspots have rental car services, so with a bit of negotiation, you can probably get a good deal.
2. Travel Your Way
What’s the worst part of traveling long distances by air, rail, or bus? You have no control over the stops. You can’t take detours to the scenic route. And you definitely can’t stop to take pictures, stretch your legs, or even pee if you’re traveling by bus. Yes, you don’t have to pay attention to where you’re going, and that should leave you with time to enjoy the trip. But can anyone really enjoy sitting in a cramped position on uncomfortable seats for hours at a time? I didn’t think so.
If you’re sick of not having enough legroom or freedom to stop anywhere you want, you might want to consider a rental vehicle. In a rented car, you can drive at your own pace. You can stop anywhere you want, and take any routes you desire. During the holiday season, especially around Christmas, public transport is crammed full anyway. A rental vehicle should offer a better alternative to traveling by bus or rail at such times.
3. Easier and More Convenient
Traveling on a rental vehicle is more convenient than many people understand. For one thing, any insurance issues are not your problem, but the rental company’s. That means even if you get into an accident, there are no problems exchanging insurance information, etc. Most rental cars also come with built-in GPS and navigation systems. If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar place, this is invaluable. Navigation systems can help you go anywhere you want to without asking for directions or getting lost. This makes traveling that much more convenient.
4. Fun and Cozy
The best thing about using a rental car to travel long distances is privacy. If you’re traveling with friends or family, you want to be able to engage in conversation, play games, and listen to fun music. On a bus, train, or airplane, this would be seen as a nuisance. You could get told off by the staff or by irate customers. Conversely, rowdy passengers could annoy you, and ruin the mood for the trip. A rental car is a much more private space.