Save Money on Transportation When Traveling
Whenever we are planning to go on vacation one of the first things we do is either go online to book our accommodations or call a travel agent to make it happen for us. We will end up booking our hotel stay, airfare, sometimes a cruise, and even a car rental. Is it really a wise decision in renting a car?
The one problem with a car rental is that ninety percent of the time you may not know how to get to your destination of choice. Not to mention with rising gas prices and in some locations having toll roads that weekly car rental could turn into a huge bill. If your planning on going on a cruise then your chances of getting a rental are even slimmer. The worst case scenario would be is getting into an accident from either reading your GPS unit, a map, or you happen to be traveling on the wrong side of the road not knowing it may be a one way.
Your next alternative would be is getting a taxi to get you from one point to the next, but that can prove expensive as well with waiting time if your planning on doing any shopping, and want them to wait on you. If you pay attention you will notice those meters run off a timer and not actually for every mile you move. A big issue with taxi’s is actually having to wait on them to show up. If your in a high end hotel you may not have that problem; however depending on where you get dropped off, you may be waiting up to an hour to get your cab to show up or if it shows up at all. One of the worst case scenarios with taxi’s is if you happen to get stuck in traffic while that meter keeps ticking away.
So what other alternative is there? In a word, charter. Most transportation companies that deal with charter rates are luxury vehicles such as town cars, SUVs, and vans; however you will be surprised to know that they can actually be a cheaper alternative.
Most charter services have a minimum of three hours with an hourly rate of approximately $45 per hour. The drivers of these transportation companies are a lot of the time independent contractors which set their own rates and can be more than willing to work with you. This is not to say that all independent drivers will do the same. The best idea is to call them before you begin your vacation to see what they can do for you.
Of course the best time to come down is during a down season such as September when everybody goes back to school. You can find some amazing deals at that time.
A charter service in the long run if you are planning to stay a short time such as a few days may prove to be the best alternative for you. That is not to say that if you are planning to stay a couple weeks that it would also work for you. In a situation like that then a weekly rental would be the best option.