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8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages by Charles McCool for McCool Travel. Article and photo by Charles McCool.

8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages

My recent 25 day trip exploring Ireland and Northern Ireland included a seven day Auto Europe car rental. Using public transportation was great but driving a car gave us freedom and flexibility to go where and when we want. 8 Great Auto Europe Car Rental Advantages History First off, Auto Europe has been a leader […]

Mazda CX-5

5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-5

I test drove a brand new, out of the box (is that how they arrive?) 2016 Soul Red Crystal Metallic Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD crossover SUV a few months ago. No highways or fun unpaved roads this time, just driving the Mazda CX-5 around where I live. I focus on fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-5 for […]

JUCY camper van kitchen

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

For my latest California road trip—mostly through the Monterey Peninsula and down Big Sur—I experienced the funness of a JUCY campervan. JUCY is a New Zealand company that started operating in California about 5 years ago. JUCY USA currently has three locations: San Francisco (San Leandro), Los Angeles (Lawndale), and Las Vegas. With its eye-catching logo, color scheme, fun layout, […]

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8 Great Savvy Car Rental Strategies

After mastering my 8 great car rental tips, here are 8 great savvy car rental strategies to save money, time, and stress on your next (and every) car rental. 8 Great Savvy Car Rental Strategies – Loyalty Programs. Rental car loyalty programs—like Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold, and National Emerald Club—are free to join, so register for any programs you might use in the […]

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8 Great Basic Car Rental Tips

Whether you rent a car in the United States or another country, these 8 great basic car rental tips are your lifeline to getting the best deal: 8 Great Basic Car Rental Tips Weekly Rate. Renting a car for 7 days usually costs less than 4 days. A weekly rate automatically kicks in for a rental […]

Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys

My Favorite Travel Deal

It is that time of the year for me to pay attention to my favorite travel deal. Every year, extra rental cars are needed in Florida for the warm winter and spring months. Just like snow birds, the cars head north when the weather improves there. This annual rental car exodus is a wonderful opportunity for […]

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Car Rental Tips, 2015 Edition

Based on a couple of recently researched car rental reservations, I wanted to provide my first 2015 edition of car rental tips. As mentioned in this post from March 2011, my process for finding the most convenient rental car rates, based on years of experience and countless research, is typically: check Hertz with my AAA and Entertainment discounts check National with Entertainment discount check […]

Robert Is Here, Florida City

South Florida Back Roads, Baked Goods, Farm Stands, Fresh Food, and a Winery

After my recent quick visit to southwest Florida (please see Southwest Florida Back Roads Road Trip and Part 2), I headed to Ft. Lauderdale. South Florida Back Roads, Baked Goods, Farm Stands, Fresh Food, and a Winery My first stop was a fresh Mexican restaurant owned by a high school classmate. Zona Fresca in Plantation was convenient […]