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The Not-So-Usual Benefits of Renting A Car

Summer is officially here and almost everyone is looking forward to their vacation. It’s the perfect time to get away with family or close friends and be away from your daily routine. If you haven’t planned yours yet because you are on a tight budget and feel like you need a more reliable means of transportation to pursue your dream adventure, don’t just lose hope.

This is probably a good time for you to consider renting a car. Whether you plan on traveling with friends or your family, you can choose the right size to fit every member comfortably. And we’re not only talking about comfort, we’re also talking about a cheaper alternative to having the car tuned-up before a trip, having the tires changed, spending money on gas, and avoiding the not-so-distant possibility of having your car breakdown in the middle of nowhere.

The idea above is the usual thought that pops into people’s minds when we talk about car rentals with them – road trips and family vacations. But as time moves forward and concepts follow evolution, so does the idea and uses of rental cars for Americans.

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If you’re a junior account executive, a sales man, a Public Relations manager, or you have a profession that relates with keeping appearances and facing high-rolling clients, then a car is an accessory that makes a statement along with your suit and tie. If you don’t have one, renting a luxury car for a day saves you the trouble and definitely earns you extra points on the impression meter.

 

 

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Whenever extended family members drop by for a few weeks for a family reunion, this situation always a poses a transportation problem on some families with a sedan for a family car. Of course, the car needed to take the visitors around town should be big enough to fit Grand Ma, Uncle Joe, his wife, and their kids. What happens is that some resort to renting a Mini Van from the car rental that offers the lowest car rental rates and this always proves to be the first best decision made for the entire family affair.

 

 

And of course, there’s the idea that doesn’t always occur to most people. Renting a car is a great way to bring a new meaning to “test drive”. In buying a new car, there’s always a top 3 on your list. Choices make the whole ordeal exciting and stressful because there’s the pressure to make the right choice looking for the one that’s worth your money and there’s the thrill of owning a new toy even if it’s just a family van. Renting models that are on your list is a great way to know what works for the family and what is worth your buck!

Florida: Key West Fun Facts

keywestIf visiting Key West is part of your places to visit before you die, we think it’s important that you just a little bit more fun information besides the usual guidelines on where to eat and where to bunk beds.

We all know that Key West is a quirky little town filled with quirky personalities. Sure enough, there are a number of quirky little tidbits that are interesting enough to know just for the heck of it. So below is a list of not-so-useful information that we think you might enjoy:

 

  • If you want to see about 40 polydactyl kitties, you’ll find some at the Ernest Hemingway Museum. In case you guys were wondering, polydactyl cats are cats with 6 toes. Neat, eh?
  • At Sloppy Joe’s Bar, you’ll spot on their wall 2 of Ernest Hemingway’s uncashed checks!
  • One of the main roads, Duval Street, was named after Florida’s first and longest serving governor of Florida. It’s also the “world’s longest street” which runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Inhabitants of Key West are called Conchs (pronounced as ‘conks’). People who weren’t born in Key West but have lived in the town for 7 years or more are called “Fresh Water Conchs”.
  • The term “conchs” came from people with European ancestry that moved from the Bahamas. They say that a conch shell is placed outside their doorstep when a baby was born.
  • Robert the Haunted Doll, which was once owned by the artist Robert Eugene Otto, was said to be possessed by evil spirits. Today, the doll can be seen at Fort East Martello and Gardens.
  • The reason and history for Robert the Haunted Doll’s reputation was because, as they said, the doll was a gift to Eugene by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic. The family said that they would see the doll changing expressions, moving from window to window when the family was out, or even threatens to kill its child owners at night.

It may be few, but these tidbits may just be that much needed push for you to finally search the net for the best rental car rates to get you to Key West from the airport in no time. Don’t forget to be extra careful in taking a photo of Robert the Haunted Doll, we don’t want him visiting you in your hotel room at night!

Orlando Sites: Disney Top Tips

disneyworldIt is part of every family’s bucket list to have Disneyland or Disneyworld be crossed out from their list of things to do and places to go; it’s every adult’s favourite childhood memory, and every child’s dream come true. Vacations taken with children is always a different story, you need extras for everything – extra clothing than usual, extra snacks, extra water bottles, and extra patience plus energy to keep up with them. This means, setting the kids free to run around and explore in the most magical theme park in the world requires more preparation than usual.

So before you head on out and hop on one of the best Orlando car rentals, read on through to see what tips you need to remember during your 1-3 days in Disney!

 

Go during off-peak seasons

This is before or after Christmas, usually the months of October or February. Never go during peak season as Florida’s heat is something else during those times. You’re bound to experience a meltdown, and if adults can feel really tired and dehydrated under the sun, imagine how much more that meltdown will be on your kids. So play it safe and never go during peak season.

Pack on the extras

Pack extra shirts, extra shorts, extra socks, extra underwear too if you must. Pack everything extra as there are plenty of rides where there are chances of children getting wet – not just from water rides but also from perspiration. It’s a hot day with a lot of running around, getting wet is bound to happen. And since you’re all perspiring, packing on extra water won’t hurt as well. If you don’t want the extra weight, all counters at Disney gives out free ice water, all you have to do is ask for it.

Wear comfortable shoes

There would be so much walking, running, and probably even jumping, that to wear flip flops, sandals, or even heels would be the worst mistake you’ll ever make.

Souvenirs as the last stop

Refrain from dropping by the souvenir shops too early in the day or else you’ll end up with less cash for more important things like food or beverages, less space in your backpack, and more junk that you and your kids might not really need. The best time to drop in at a shop is right before you watch the fireworks or right before you leave the theme park.

New York Sites: Statue of Liberty Fun Facts

If you have read our previous post, you’ll know that we talked about a couple of fun and interesting fact about the Empire State Building. Of course, if you’re doing a clean sweep of New York’s finest attractions and dining, it’s inevitable that you also visit the lovely lady Liberty herself!

Mounted on Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, is the 305 feet and 6 inch tall statue from the French. Given as a present, this statue is that of the Roman goddess, Libertas who is known as the goddess of freedom, holding a torch and a tabulas ansata which had America’s independence date, July 4, 1776, inscribed on it.

What most people don’t know is that at the bottom of Lady Liberty’s feet are broken chains and shackles that symbolize freedom from oppression and tyranny.

The conception and creation of the Statue of Liberty began in the 1870’s where Frederic Bartholdi first constructed the statue in France. He then disassembled it to ship it to America and re-assembled it back up again.

The color of Lady Liberty was not painted green on purpose. The statue’s original color was that of dull copper. It changed into green because of years of weather changes has affected the coat to corrode which resulted to the ‘patina’. The US Congress has authorized to re-paint the statue but due to public dislike, they preserved the green patina instead.

Also, as an added tidbit, the copper skin is only 3/32ths of an inch thick (or thin). This copper sheeting’s thickness is less than that of 2 US pennies combined.

Frederic Bartholdi also stated that he designed he patterned Lady Liberty’s face by using his mother, Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, as the model. He also mentioned that he created an uncomplicated silhouette on the statue which would take great effect because of the statue’s great placement on the harbour. Any immigrants or visitors to come towards the Americas would notice a changing perspective on Lady Liberty as they approach Manhattan.

Admittedly, that last tidbit of information isn’t so common as the first few and chancing upon this makes seeing Lady Liberty in possibly a whole new light as well. If this piqued your curiosity, and that vacation to see the Big Apple has got you excited, better make sure you double check your car rental rates so you’re sure to have a way to get to Liberty Island soon!

New York Sites: The Empire State Building Fun Facts

Surely there are most of you who have already looked up some interesting facts and trivia regarding New York City’s Empire State Building before hopping on to your Enterprise car rental with your camera and your change for the tower viewer. But for those who still don’t have an idea, here is a couple of fun information you might have never known about the tallest building in the city:

Top of the World

Back in 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. Today, it’s been bumped down to the 4th tallest building with 1,860 steps from the ground up to 102nd floor which is the top most floor of the building.

Cloud Nine

On every 14th of February, there are a group of couples who get wed on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building. To be able to do this, you must first send an application indicating why you want to get married there. Couples are chosen based on their creativity and their originality. The couples who have gotten married on the Empire State become members of the Empire State Wedding Club where they are freely admitted into the observatories every 14th of February.

Bright Lights and Shining Stars

Besides being seen on the movies Sleepless in Seattle, An Affar to Remember, etc, the most popular movie where the Empire State was seen was first seen was in the 1933 classic, King Kong. Also, other popular celebrities that have been noted to visit the building was Fidel Castro, Queen Elizabeth, the band KISS, and Tom Cruise to name a few.

Statistics and Numbers

Here’s a quick statistic of the basic numbers involved in the Empire State Building:

Total budget: $40,948,900.00

How long it took to build: 1 year and 45 days

Number of workers on the building: 3,400 people at peak times

Simple Travel Tips To Remember

It’s not always easy to plan a travel itinerary especially when you’re traveling alone. Sometimes even if you’re just traveling out of town, a couple of tips here and there could be a great help to get the ball rolling in arranging itineraries, lodging, and transportation.

First off is thinking of an ideal vacation spot to spend a luxurious weekend at. It doesn’t have to necessarily be a plane ride and a number of hours away; it could be as near as a couple miles away from home. You can check for cheap sale flights or search online for cheap car rentals that offer the best deals. Once you’ve had that targeted, it’s time to move towards your lodging.

If you’re fine with practicality and just the right amount of comfort and leisure, hostels are always the best choice. It’s comfortable enough with clean sheets, a clean bathroom, and great fellow travellers to meet, interact with, and be friends with. They’re also the best people to ask suggestions of where to go next, what to do and what else there is to see.

checklistLastly, the itinerary is what makes your entire travel vacation memorable. There are some people who prefer to just go with the flow, walk the streets and let the adventure come to them. That could work too, but taking into consideration some of the others who can’t function without an ideal plan, researching on the internet what ideal attractions to visit and which restaurants serve the best food. Arranging it beforehand, about a week before leaving, saves you all the time and stress than doing everything last minute. Also, purchasing tickets for either shows, a theme park, a museum exhibit or concerts a couple of days earlier always saves you more money than purchasing tickets at the establishment itself.

Also ask around or research on which places to visit for food, whether it’s for proper dining or street food goodness. Some travellers say that food is always what makes or breaks a vacation; it’s the ultimate adventure to try out those grilled chicken intestines or frog legs on sticks. And of course, the most important thing to never forget is your camera. Take photos of your travels, capture moments in a photograph and when bad days come along, although you can’t just hop in a car and leave, you can always go back to the memories through these photographs and feel instantly better.

 

New York Dining: Dim Sum and Noodles

chinatownWe discussed where to find authentic Italian dining goodness from the previous post, in this entry it’s time to talk about where to find your nitty-gritty dirty Chinese food favorites in Lower Manhattan. It doesn’t matter how you get there, whether you get to this food haven on foot, via public transportation, or through a car rental New York, as long as you arrive with just the right hunger in your stomach and enough adventure in your veins, then this food trip would be well worth it in the end.

What you’ll notice if you’re a frequent traveller is that in every country there will always be every country’s respective Chinatown, and searching for the best tasting noodle bowls, dim sum, and dumplings will always be the best part of this trip.

Now for the best tasting noodles and dim sum, always look for the specialists. For starters, there’s Tasty Dumplings where the dumplings are as juicy and freshly cooked as you could only imagine, Lam Zhou Noodle Shop on the other hand offers you the best noodles in Chinatown. Other popular favorites are Grand Sichuan where the menu offers the best Sichuan spicy cuisine in the area, the Peking Duck House where, as you guessed it, serves the best crisp-skinned and succulent peking duck dish right on your center table.

After a satisfying sit-down meal and you’re still ready for more, head on out the street and scout for some of the best tasting Chinese street food that costs less than a dollar or two. Scout for steamed buns, kebabs or quick rice meals like cheung fun.

New York Dining: Little Italy

So you’re on a vacation to see the great big city of New York but you don’t know where to experience that street food style of dining. If you have got a day to spare and a lot of courage reserved,  hop on your car rental service vehicle and then head on out to New York’s Little Italy by Lower Manhattan and experience something new and exciting.

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 source: SeriousEats

Although many say that Little Italy’s food isn’t as authentic as it used to be, and neither does it have any real New York Italians residing within the area anymore, there are still a couple of food establishments who remain strong and as Italian as Italian cuisine could be.

According to an article written by SeriousEats, there are a couple of top picks that you could find at Little Italy. Most of the food establishments could be find clustered around Mulberry Street, and as you walk along, you’ll encounter a lot of hawkers who are paid to convince customers to come in their respective restaurants. Don’t be convinced too easily, reserve your appetite for some of the better stuff that the place could offer!

Let’s start off with the simple things like visiting an authentic Italian bakery, Parisi Bakery, and Italian market, Di Palo’s. Parisi is a family owned bakery known for their sandwiches, cold cuts, parm, and lard bread. Meanwhile, Di Palo’s is a specialty shop that’s famous for their cured meats, antipasti, really good cheese, and other pantry goods. Visit these two shops if you wish to take home some of these goods to share with your family, or if you just want something to munch on as you travel.

For a little more on the finer side to dining, try calling in for a reservation at Torrisi Italian Specialties for a more refined menu but if you’re game for something simpler, try this well-known sandwich shop, called Parm, that specializes in turkey clubs, parm sandwiches, and their ice cream cake.

The one restaurant that tops the list for SeriousEats though is Rubirosa. It boasts of classic New York Italian cuisine that serves exquisite pizza, housemade mozzarella, and authentic pasta. If you’re visiting with your family, Rubirosa is a great place to bring the entire family to.

Why You Should Search For The Best Car Rental Rates

Living in the real world isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. You go to a 9 to 5 job 5 days a week (sometimes even 6) and you’re only given 2 days to rest. You feel like work gets all your time and family time seems to be never enough. When these feelings appear, it may just be signs that you need a vacation, and it’s a vacation that requires hauling the entire family in a huge SUV and going for a long to get to the sandy beaches or to that theme park that’s a family favourite.

Once you’ve decided where you’re going and what you’re gonna do, of course the next most practical thing to do when it comes to planning a vacation is to rent a car from a company that has the best car rental rates. If you’re already wondering why you should opt to spend money to rent a car when you already have a perfectly working SUV right in your garage? Here are a few good reasons why renting a car is the best way to go when planning vacation with the family:

  • You won’t have to worry about tune-ups and the car breaking down in the middle of the road. If your rented vehicle breaks down, you can simply call your car rental service and someone will come over with a new car for you to use.
  • You can pick any car you wish you to use depending on the number of people riding with you and where you wanna go. If you’re passing roads that are quite bumpy, then you save your actual car from wear and tear and you get to use a fab 4×4 vehicle too!
  • Renting a car saves your car from, as mentioned above, wear and tear. This would be incredibly helpful especially if your car is either brand-spanking new or really old.

Save yourself from the stress. It may be a vacation where you get to relax but the preparation may just be equal how much relaxation you’re about to have. Eliminate at least one factor to take care of during planning and let RentACarNow take some of the load for you!