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Driving Abroad: How to Save

 

Renting a vehicle in a foreign country can be exciting, romantic even. Whether in your own vehicle or a rental car, your holiday destination is yours to explore and discover at your own pace. It can be thrilling to experience just you and the open road.  Unlike train and bus rides, in your own car you can be spontaneous and make stops whenever it suits your fancy. While driving abroad can be very rewarding, it can also be quite expensive. Here are some tips to save money when driving overseas:

Take Your Own Car

If your travel destination is within driving distance, you can always bring your own car. You will need to budget for extra gas money, but in the long run you will most likely save money since you won’t need to spend money on airfare or a rental car. If you live somewhere with a travel destination accessible by ferry, that may be another way to bring your own car with you.

Bring Your Own Stuff

If you do decide to rent a car, you can save money by bringing some things with you from home instead of having them included as optional extras with your rental car. One example, for those traveling with children, is bringing your child seat with you as most rental car companies charge extra for this. If you’d like to have GPS on your trip but would rather not pay the daily extra fee to the rental car company, you can always bring your own, or borrow one from a friend or family member if you don’t have your own.

Avoid Tolls on the Road

Highway tolls can really add up when traveling abroad. One thing you can do is research your route ahead of time, mapping a route that avoids toll roads. Some navigation systems will even let you know if a toll is coming up, and then provide you with alternate route options.

Check Gas Prices

You should always check average fuel prices in your destination before you settle on your trip budget. This way you can avoid sticker shock if gas is much more expensive in your destination than back home. If you have a smartphone you can also download a gas app that tells you the average fuel prices in your area, and also points you toward the lowest price filling stations. Gasbuddy.com and Petrolapp.com are good options.

Consider Renting a Diesel Car

In many parts of the world, including most of Europe, diesel gas is cheaper than petrol. Even if renting a diesel car is slightly more expensive at the outset, the gas savings may really add up, making this a cheaper option.

 

 

 

 

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