When you’re traveling in a foreign country, renting a car allows you the freedom and flexibility to see the attractions you want to see and stop where and when you want to stop.
Instead of following a set route, you can allow yourself to get lost by following a road that looks interesting or intriguing. You simply can’t say the same thing about other modes of transportation, such as taking a bus, train, boat, or plane. With that said, not everyone may be able to rent a car in a foreign country. You should keep in mind the following cautionary advice:
- In many countries outside of the United States, it can be difficult to find a vehicle with an automatic transition. In addition, automatic transmissions tend to cost more, both in fuel costs and daily rates. But if you’ve never driven a manual transmission car, driving in a foreign country is not an ideal place to learn.
- Before you book anything, check to make sure your driver’s license is valid. The majority of countries outside of North America require an International Driving Permit, which can be obtained through AAA.
- Be sure that you have a valid credit card. Most car rental companies only accept credit cards for booking purposes.
- You should talk to your car insurance provider to ensure that you have adequate coverage. Go over the details carefully, as some countries may be excluded from coverage. If you don’t purchase coverage from your regular insurance provider or a credit card, be prepared to purchase the rental agency’s policy. In most cases, you can’t refuse insurance without proof of another insurance policy.
- Luxury rentals may only be available at specified locations. In addition, the selection of cars may be different from those available in your home country.
It’s easiest to get rentals at the airport. If you’re from the United States, you should recognize some major car rental names, such as Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise, at foreign airports. Foreign airport rentals are an ideal option if you are coming in on a flight and don’t want to have to leave the airport through another method to get to your rental car. However, keep in mind that this convenience gives rental companies a license to jack up the price per day. You may be able to save money by renting a car in the city.
Renting a Car in New Zealand & Australia
Personal vehicles are a popular mode of transportation in countries such as New Zealand and Australia, where many visitors like to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and camping that are otherwise difficult to access without a vehicle. The most important thing to keep in mind when renting a vehicle in New Zealand or Australia is that you will have to drive on the opposite side of the road. In addition, you must be over 21 years old age and hold a current international driver’s license or local license. You can drive for up to one year after your date of arrival with a full driver’s license. You need to carry your license with you at all times.