I’m smack-dab in the middle of planning a grand adventure in the Provence region of France–and for the first time ever, I’m going to rent a car. The Provence is best seen by bike or car, and I like the idea of just winding my way from one town to another at a leisurely pace. But to be honest, the prospect of finding a rental car and then driving it in a foreign country had me feeling a bit daunted.
But I’m pleased to say that I cracked the code on this travel challenge and thanks to a slew of new websites, anyone can handle renting a car in Europe. Plus, they drive on the right side of the road in France. Deep breath, deep breath. I can do this!
Here’s are my tips for renting (and driving) a car in Europe:
I just got back from a four-day backpacking adventure through the wilds of Yosemite. This was my first backpacking trip–having only done a little camper camping and car camping before. And while these sports are related to one another, they are certainly not the same thing. The biggest difference? That 27 pounds (or more!) that you’re carrying on your back.
When you’re carrying that much weight, you put a lot of thought into what exactly qualifies as a “necessity.” Backpackers like to sit around the campfire and swap weight-saving techniques, like sawing the plastic handle off your toothbrush or bringing only one spoon for the whole trip.
I just got back from a weeklong visit to my hometown. You’re probably conjuring up idyllic scenes of Main Street, U.S.A., but I hail from the Panhandle of Florida. Instead, I was treated to stretches of sugar-white beaches, boiled peanuts, and crystal-clear waters.
As gorgeous as my old stomping grounds are, they’re still pretty quiet in terms of tourism. Here’s my Local’s Guide to the Emerald Coast, including stops in Panama City Beach, Rosemary Beach, Destin, and more. Shop our Florida vacation deals now and keep reading to plan your trip.