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Travelling as a family is one of life’s great joys. It helps you to redefine your relationships with your kids and your significant other. It allows you to experience new sights, sounds tastes and scents together. You get to guide and support one another as you stride outside your comfort zones, try new things and meet new people. Yet, while a thirst for aventure may coax us overseas, we can still cling to our comfort zones when we travel overseas. We can hold off on trying certain foods because they might be too spicy. We can miss out on a great day trip because there are no familiar creature comforts within reach. Or we can avoid renting a car when travelling because we’re intimidated by the prospect of driving on foreign roads.
But the simple truth is that driving while on holiday is one of the most compelling reasons to learn to drive, even if you don’t need to do so for work or leisure. When you rent a car on holiday it makes you much more free and autonomous. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why renting a car on holiday will enrich your experience…
It gives you greater freedom
Guided tours can be great, and can give you the inside track when it comes to where to go and what to see to get the most out of your holiday. But sticking to the tour’s itinerary and schedule can be very frustrating. Nobody likes having their visit to an amazing location cut short, any more than they enjoy having to stay at a location they find boring. Or being guilt-tripped into visiting the tour guide’s brother’s shop.
When you rent a car, you’re in complete control of your trip. You can plan, change or revisit your locations as you see fit, rather than sticking with what best suits the tour operator.
It’s budget friendly
Families who are budget conscious may see car rental as just another expense to add on to their journey. Yet this expense may actually prove a great money-saver in the long run. When you book onto a coach tour, for instance, a profit margin is built into everything you do. The tour operator needs to pay for everything from the cost of food, drink and fuel to the driver’s time and the cost of entry to the attraction itself.
As such, a car rental can actually save you a lot of money.
When you’re driving in a car with your family, you have total control over your environment. You can set the temperature how you like it, play whatever music you like and not have to listen to the couple two rows ahead of you complaining about how they can’t get “proper” gravy. It all makes for a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
It can make you more confident in your driving
Finally, driving overseas might be daunting at first, but you may be surprised at how quickly your acclimatise. And having a new driving skill under your belt can help you to drive with more confidence, no mater where you go.