The open road! Group tours provide guided commentary and information you may not encounter on your own, but limit your independence. Public transportation is authentic, but can be time-consuming and require lots of logistics. Having (or renting) your own vehicle frees up your schedule and your itinerary, not to mention allows you to poke around at anything that catches your fancy. From leaf peeping in New England to four-wheel driving across Bolivia’s salt flats to navigating the cliffs and waterfalls of Maui’s infamous Highway to Hana, our authors get behind the wheel with only whimsy (and a GPS) to guide them: The rest is sheer adventure.
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- If you’re planning to rent a car in a country where you have to drive on the “wrong” side of the road (whichever side that may be for you) start out in a less populated area to get some practice. Just keep saying “Stay left, stay left” (or the opposite) to yourself until it becomes a habit.
- Check your insurance policy for rental car coverage and coverage in foreign countries: You can buy insurance in advance, which is usually a better deal than anything offered by the car rental company.
- Take before-and-after pictures of the vehicle with your cell phone to avoid charges for bogus scratches and dents. Make it very obvious that you’re doing so: The minority of rental car operators who engage in dishonest damage claims will leave you alone.