If you're hoping to plan a road trip in Europe or elsewhere, there are a few things you ought to remember, the first of which is to have fun! Planning a road trip can quickly get overwhelming if you get caught up in too many details so be sure to relax, find some great destinations which are "must see" and use these stops to create a rough guide which you plan to follow. Be sure to leave room for spontaneity during your road trip - part of the joy of hitting the road and exploring Europe by car is that a car rental leaves plenty of room for inspired detours and leisurely stops. You're free to take your time and linger at your favorite new destinations and if you find that a monument or city doesn't live up to the hype you can quickly move on and find something that's a better fit for your interests.
While Auto Europe specializes in European car rentals, we have over 20,000 rental car locations around the world. Building this global network over the past six decades has taught us a thing or two about traveling by car. A rental car allows you to customize your road trip experience. If you're on a tight budget you could drive a gas-sipping vehicle sure to help you stretch your dollar. If you're planning a vacation with the whole family, a sprinter van rental or large SUV with plenty of space could be the order of the day and make ideal family car rentals. Touring Europe with a group of friends on an extended trip? Consider a motorhome rental so that you can set your own schedule and avoid costly hotels. Europe has over 3,000 campgrounds where you can park your RV rental or campervan and if you're headed to Australia or New Zealand you'll find over 6,000 motorhome-friendly destinations where you can park for a while. Whether you're looking to wrap yourself in comfort with a luxury vehicle for a 4 day coastal cruise or plan to spend a month abroad and would like to save money by leasing a factory new Peugeot, choosing the right car is an essential step when you plan a road trip.
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Planning a successful road trip will be different for everyone so think about what's most important to you. Do you know the place where you'll be traveling well? If not you might consider a GPS unit essential. Auto Europe understands the importance of finding your way while driving in a new place - that's why we offer free GPS in Western Europe with a 7-day car rental.
Do you plan to stay connected during your road trip? In today's society sharing photos and status updates via email and social media is a great way to include friends and family back home. With that said, nothing can ruin a great trip like coming home to hefty international cell phone and data charge bills. Plan ahead and rent a portable WiFi unit! Auto Europe offers portable MiFi units with a car rental for just $5 per day, allowing your whole family to stay connected (up to 8 wireless units at once!) for the duration of your trip.
Will you need refreshments during long days of driving or are you planning to stop at a beach along the Cote d'Azur? Think about packing some of your gear in a cooler so that you can keep some drinks and snacks on ice in the back-seat. Packing a cooler is the perfect way to keep a romantic picnic lunch fresh. You'll be prepared for a spur-of-the-moment stop at a scenic overlook the moment inspiration strikes.
Whatever type of road trip you're planning, Auto Europe's award-winning team is here to help. Explore our destination guides to get inspired, find the best time to travel to Europe, and book your car online or call Auto Europe toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 to speak with a friendly car rental specialist. We guarantee the lowest car rental rates in the industry and would love to help you plan a road trip to Europe or to the dream destination of your choice!
We invite you to browse these detailed itineraries and guides to some of the most popular road trip routes in Europe. Get inspired to plan a road trip or just enjoy discovering some of the most beautiful driving routes in the world.