Tips for avoiding problems when you choose the rent-a-car booking

 

We reccommend you the following articles if you search advise for car rental tips:

1) Rick Steves (source: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/booking-a-car)

Here you will find good advise for these situations:

Which Rental Company to choose?

How to Choose a Car

Choosing a Pick-Up (and Drop-Off) Place and Time

More Tips for Renting a Car

 2) http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/car-travel/car-rental-tips

offers you advise on the following issues:

Understanding Your Rental

If you’re booking online, read the terms and conditions carefully.

The True Cost of Car Rentals

Buyer beware: The rate you see advertised in big print may become so inflated with state and local taxes, airport surcharges, additional driver fees, insurance, gasoline bills and drop-off charges that you end up paying more than double what you expected.

Booking Your Car

How long will you be renting?

Pickup Time

Choosing a Vehicle

Traveling with children or with a lot of gear

Returning Your Car

Be wary of prepaid gasoline plans.

 
 

Rent-a-car in Europe websites

 

There are many rent-a-car websites tthat cover Europe, but we recommend some that we evaluate they cover most european countries:

1) http://www.autoeurope.eu

Excerpt from the General business terms of http://www.autoeurope.eu

Reservations

Generally, reservations via Auto Europe are confirmed immediately. Exceptions can include last-minute bookings, on request bookings, special vehicles, one-way rentals and optional equipment. In these cases Auto Europe has to request a confirmation from the car rental company. Following confirmation and payment, Auto Europe sends a car rental voucher to the customer either by email or by fax (upon request). The client has to present this voucher to the car rental company at time of pick up. The actual rental agreement is concluded locally between the customer and the car rental company and is subject to the car rental company’s terms & conditions as well as local legislation. Auto Europe reserves the right to change the booking to another car rental company – subject to availability – and to inform the customer in due time.

Payment

Customer has to pay in full to Auto Europe at time of reservation. Payment must be made by credit card in the name of the renter. At time of pick up, the same credit card must be presented to the car rental company for deposit (see „Deposit”). Only upon receipt of full payment Auto Europe will send the car rental voucher – once confirmed by the car rental company – to the customer. All prices are based on 24-hours periods starting with pick up time. The charged price is valid for the confirmed duration. Variations can result in additional charges locally e.g. in case of early returns the car rental company might charge higher daily rates and/or in case of late returns the car rental company might charge the extra hours/days at locally applicable rates.

 

2) http://www.rentalcars.com

 You will be provided with a car by us either directly or as agent. The capacity in which we act depends on our relationship with the car hire company.

 
 

Cultural Tourism

 


Cultural tourism’ (or culture tourism) is the subset of tourism concerned with a country or region’s culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those peoples, their art, archetecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life. Cultural tourism includes tourism in urban areas, particularly historic or large cities and their cultural facilities such as museums and theatres.

It can also include tourism in rural areas showcasing the traditions of indigenous cultural communities (i.e. festivals, rituals), and their values and lifestyle. It is generally agreed that cultural tourists spend substantially more than standard tourists do. This form of tourism is also becoming generally more popular throughout the world, and a recent OECD report has highlighted the role that cultural tourism can play in regional development in different world regions.

Cultural tourism has been defined as ‘the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from their normal place of residence, with the intention to gather new information and experiences to satisfy their cultural needs’. (the Source: Wikipedia)

See Resources for Cultural Tourism

 
 

Culinary Tourism

 



Culinary Tourism is valued by tourism industry professionals as one of the most popular niches in the world’s tourism industry. This makes sense, given recent consumer focus on healthy and organic eating, culinary/food pedigrees, and the simple fact that all travelers must eat.

Not every visitor goes shopping or visits museums, but all travelers eat. For anyone who doubts, look at the increase in cooking shows featured on The Travel Channel  or travel shows featured on The Food Network, as examples.

Culinary Tourism is defined as the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences, according to the International Culinary Tourism Association. Culinary Tourism differs from agritourism in that culinary tourism is considered a subset of cultural tourism (cuisine is a manifestation of culture) whereas agritourism is considered a subset of rural tourism.

That said, culinary tourism and agritourism are inextricably linked, as the seeds of cuisine can be found in agriculture.

Culinary Tourism is not just experiences of the highest caliber – that would be gourmet tourism. This is perhaps best illustrated by the notion that Culinary Tourism is about what is „unique and memorable, not what is necessarily pretentious and exclusive”. Similarly, wine tourism, beer tourism and spa tourism are also regarded as subsets of culinary tourism. (the Source: Wikipedia)
Culinary Tourism resources

 
 

Safaris

 



A safari (pronounced /səˈfɑri/) is an overland journey. It usually refers to a trip by tourists to Africa, traditionally for a big-game hunt; today the term often refers to a trip taken not for the purposes of hunting, but to observe and photograph big game and other wildlife. There is a certain theme or style associated with the word, which includes khaki clothing, belted bush jackets, pith helmets or slouch hats, and animal skins—like leopard’s skin.

Although the word safari came to popular usage in reference to hunting and touring expeditions in East Africa, it is now also used to mean watching and photographing wildlife in all parts of Africa. The term has also spread to cover other adventurous journeys and expeditions, including whale watching safaris, Artic safaris, Amazon safaris, eco-safari, etc.

The most well known safari areas in Africa include The Masai Mara and Serengeti in East Africa, Kruger National Park in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia, and The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana. (The Source: Wikipedia)
Safaris resources

 
 

Religious tourism

 



Religious tourism, also commonly referred to as faith tourism, is a form of tourism, whereby people of faith travel individually or in groups for pilgrimage, missionary, or leisure (fellowship) purposes. North American religious tourists comprise an estimated $10 billion of this industry.

Religious tourism comprises many facets of the travel industry including:
Pilgrimages
Missionary travel
Leisure (fellowship) vacations
Faith-based cruising
Crusades, conventions and rallies
Retreats
Monastery visits and guest-stays
Faith-based camps
Religious tourist attractions

Statistics

Although no definitive study has been completed on worldwide religious tourism, some segments of the industry have been measured:

According to the World Tourism Organization, an estimated 300 to 330 million pilgrims visit the world’s key religious sites every year.

According to the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Americans traveling overseas for „religious or pilgrimage” purposes has increased from 491,000 travelers in 2002 to 633,000 travelers in 2005 (30% increase).
According to the Religious Conference Management Association, in 2006 more than 14.7 million people attended religious meetings (RCMA members), an increase of more than 10 million from 1994 with 4.4 million attendees.

The United Methodist Church experienced an increase of 455% in mission volunteers from 1992 with almost 20,000 volunteers compared to 110,000 volunteers in 2006.

The Christian Camp and Conference Association states that more than eight million people are involved in CCCA member camps and conferences, including more than 120,000 churches.

Religious attractions including Sight & Sound Theatre attracts 800,000 visitors a year while the Holy Land Experience and Focus on the Family Welcome Center each receives about 250,000 guests annually. Religious tourism, also commonly referred to as faith tourism, is a form of tourism whereby people of faith travel individually or in groups for pilgrimage, missionary, or leisure (fellowship) purposes.

50,000 churches in the United States with religious travel programs
One-quarter (25%) of travelers said they were currently interested in taking a spiritual vacation.

Religious Tourism Resources

Piligrims

 
 

Agritourism

 



Agritourism is a style of vacation that normally takes place on a farm or ranch.

This may include the chance to help with farming and ranching tasks during the visit.

Agritourism is considered to be a niche or uniquely adapted form of tourism and is often practiced in wine growing regions such as Australia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and North America.

Tourists engage in farm activities ranging from picking fruit or feeding animals, or planting crops. (Source: Wikipedia)

See resources for agritourism.

 
 

Adventure travel

 



Adventure travel is a tourism, involving exploration or travel to remote or exotic areas, where the traveler should „expect the unexpected”.

Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. According to the U.S. based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature.

Adventure tourism gains much of its excitement by allowing its participants to step outside of their comfort zone. This may be from experiencing culture shock or through the performance of acts, that require significant effort and involve some degree of risk (real or perceived) and/or physical danger. This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining and rock climbing. Some obscure forms of adventure travel include disaster tourism and ghetto tourism.[1] Other rising forms of adventure travel include social tourism, jungle tourism and overland travel.

Access to inexpensive consumer technology, with respect to Global Positioning Systems, flashpacking, social networking and photography, have increased the worldwide interest in adventure travel.[2][3] The interest in independent adventure travel has also increased as more specialist travel websites emerge offering previously niche locations and sports. (Source Wikipedia)

See adventure recreation resources.

See jungle tourism resources.

See Mountain Biking resources.

See Outdoor education resources.

See Parachuting resources.

See Rafting resources.

 
 

Package tours

 



A package holiday or package tour consists of transport and accommodation advertised and sold together by a vendor known as a tour operator. Other services may be provided like a rental car, activities or outings during the holiday. Transport can be via charter airline to a foreign country. Package holidays are a form of product bundling.
Package holidays are organised by a tour operator and sold to a consumer by a travel agent. Some travel agents are employees of tour operators, others are independent. (Source: Wikipedia)

Examples of package tours operators: http://www.atlastravelweb.com/cruiselines.shtml

 
 

Belgium Carnivals

 



Many Belgian towns celebrate Carnival, typically with costume parades, partying and fireworks.

The main parades of the Carnival of Binche stretch over the three days before Lent. The most important participants are the Gilles, who go out in their traditional costumes on Mardi Gras and throw blood oranges to the crowd.

Carnival in Binche has a history dating back at least to the 16th century. In 2003, the Carnival of Binche was recognised as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Shrove Sunday: colourful day where the future Gilles giants wear fancy costumes. Parade at 3 pm. Until the early hours, the drums resound all over town.

Shrove Monday: children’s parade where the violas are played all morning long. Children’s „Rondeau of Friendship” on the Grand’Place. Fireworks at 7.30 pm.

Shrove Tuesday: Start of the festivities at daybreak. The Gilles entertain the town from 9 am. Parade at 3 pm. The Gilles show off their hats and throw oranges. In the evening there will be a final rondeau at 7.30 pm and a fireworks display in the city centre.

Mardi Gras is the only day one sees the „Gilles” in their various rites from daybreak to the midnight fireworks ending the carnival.

The „Gille” is a local carnival character whose hay-colored costume decorated with appliqued lions, crowns and stars in the Belgian colors of red, yellow and black is stuffed with hay and belted with heavy, jangling bells.

Other large carnival celebrations are held in Aalst and Malmedy.

Some Belgian cities hold carnivals later during Lent. One of the best known is Stavelot, where the Carnaval de la Laetare takes place on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. The most well-known participants are the Blancs-Moussis, dressed in white and wearing long red noses. They parade through town throwing confetti and beating bystanders with dried pig bladders. Another large carnival celebration on Laetare Sunday is held in Halle. (Source: Wikipedia)