You’ve booked the accommodation, bought the new luggage and sorted your itinerary – but what about your wheels? Sure, you could take your own car, but sometimes it's just not a practical option. Maybe you don't want to drive alllll the way to an interstate destination, or you simply need more seats for your tribe. That’s where a hire car can come to your rescue, for these reasons and many more. Buckle up…
1. You're flying to your destination
The family car probably won’t fit in the overhead compartment of an aeroplane (sorry to burst your bubble), so if you’re planning on flying into your destination, chances are you’ll have to rely on public transport or taxis to get around. The cost of doing this can quickly add up – not to mention the time it takes waiting at train stations or lining up at cab ranks – so a hire car is a two-for-one solution: it will save you money and give you the flexibility to explore your destination when and how you want. Win-win!
2. You're eager to explore, but your car isn't fuel efficient
Headed to a destination where you’ll be on the go from day one? Sounds like fun! Until you remember that your family car is a petrol-guzzler and your itinerary will quickly be overtaken with a string of petrol stops. Hiring a car is your chance to do a karmic solid for the environment and your hip pocket. Whether you opt for an eco-friendly model or an economy make (industry speak for a smaller car), you’ll be able to spend more time ticking things off your to-do list, and less time at the service station.
3. You have your heart set on riding in style
Treating yourself to a swanky ride is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or family get-together. Not only will you look the part, but you’ll probably feel the part too. The anticipation of driving a shiny new car will add to the excitement of your getaway, and your mood will likely receive a boost that’ll carry through your whole break. Cue one of the happiest (and most stylish) holidays you’ve ever had.
4. Your family car is too small
The family sedan might do the trick when you’re zipping around town, but when you need to load it up with suitcases, bicycles and boogie boards – plus family members – it can become a bit cramped. To avoid the brood having to travel on top of one another (figuratively or literally) you’ll need a car with some extra leg room. Don’t think that hiring a larger car means you’ll have to go completely XXL with an SUV or passenger van either, because you’ll generally be able to choose from a range of different cars to suit various combinations of people and luggage.
5. You have a hankering for a road trip
There’s something about the thought of hitting the open road that’s pretty hard to resist. The fact that it also happens to play into every Thelma and Louise fantasy you’ve ever had is just an added bonus. To make your road trip Hollywood-worthy, there’s one thing you’ll need (and it’s not a map): a rental car. Having a hire car on hand, ready to drive off into the sunset, is standard procedure in every classic road trip movie, so a set of rented wheels is a must if you want the real deal for your own drive.
6. You're going away with friends and want to save money
Splitting the cost of a rental car with friends or family is no different to splitting the price of anything else: it's cheaper for everyone. If you’re travelling with others, chances are that you’re already sharing the accommodation bill, so why wouldn’t you share the price of your wheels? It also means you’ll have other people to share the driving duties with. It’s sensible and practical.
7. You're headed somewhere only a car can reach
Planning a holiday in a far-flung destination is exciting, but remote locations aren’t always easily accessible. Some – safari camps, in-the-middle-of-nowhere cottages and bush retreats – aren’t always taxi-approved or linked up with public transport either, so unless you have a penchant for walking long distances, driving is probably your best option. Plus, if you have to negotiate tricky terrain to arrive at your accommodation, a car hardy enough for bush-bashing or four-wheel driving will come in handy too.
8. Maybe you don't even have a car at all
If you live in an area where everything you need is within walking distance or has stellar public transport links, you may not even own a car. Unsurprisingly, that means you won’t be able to take a car with you on holiday. If you’d still like the option of getting around freely, without being beholden to public transport, a hire car is the way to go.
9. Because you got a great deal from Budget Rent A Car
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