Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Where to?
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Where to?
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is a well-known phrase that has been circulated for years. This expresses in a simple and effective manner how individuals can view the very same picture, or scene, and afterwards, have a different interpretation of what it’s trying to convey.
France is, without a doubt, a picture-perfect destination from its tantalizing cuisine, exquisite architecture, cultural events and activities.
Let Kemwel pique your curiosity with pictures and (almost) one thousand words, as we invite you to make France the destination for your next vacation!
A Taste is Never Enough
Cuisine is a delicate balance of tastes and visual appeal, and in France, both are delivered with an incredible level excellence.
Feast on warm, golden-hued baguettes and flaky croissants topped with fruity jams and butter for breakfast. Snack on brightly colored macaroons and delicate crepes with scrumptious fillings in the afternoon—these are a meager example of the delightfully sweet and savory panoply of tastes that await your palette. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your travel budget for dining out, as throughout the country, from quaint towns to popular cities, France offers a foodie Mecca that you’ll barely scrape the surface of.
While in France, though it’s not precisely French, I highly recommend you look up the closest Amorino Gelateria. Their sign, painted with the figure of the chubby little cherub, will let you know you’ve found the right place. Their gelato is an attractive, sweet treat and you’ll see numbers of people snapping photos of their dessert as the gelato is carved in petal-like slices that are used to create artful florets on your sugar cone. My siblings and I found the dual combination of Tiramisu and Mango Alonso d’India difficult to pass up in favor of further flavorful options on our decadent daily visits to this establishment while in Paris.
When it comes to wine production, France is the number one annual producer on an international level. There are an extensive variety of vintages that you will only find in France, while others are manufactured and shipped across the world. Most French wines are created with food pairings in mind, but even imbibed alone, they are delectable. While I could extol the wonderful taste sensations that await you, why not find out for yourself?
Awe-Inspiring Art & Architecture
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You could spend the next 365 days touring the awe-inspiring architecture, museums and galleries in France and not come close to seeing it all.
The Louvre in Paris is a marvel of beauty both inside and out. Tens of thousands of antiquities collected from France, and around the world, as temporary and permanent installations, have made the Louvre an attraction of incomparable value to Paris. Photos with tourists posed outside of the Louvre Palace and the Great Louvre Pyramids flood the pages of books, magazines and social media twenty-four hours a day.
Flying buttresses were a relatively new concept when the Cathedral of Notre-Dame was built. Due to their sturdy functionality, matched with attractive symmetry, they are a feature incorporated into Notre-Dame’s construction as it was continually expanded. In the composition above, featuring two of the stone chimère of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the figure of Stryge and demon appear to look out over the city of Paris, as if strategizing over a chess board. A series of carved gargoyles also grace the reaches of this striking edifice. The French Gothic cathedral holds further value to tourists who wish to visit the place where certain holy relics are believed to be protected. France’s Kilometre Zero can be found facing the primary entrance to the cathedral.
The intricate stained glass windows of La Sainte-Chapelle send a kaleidoscope of color and shapes across the interior of the church when rays of light shine through. These thirteenth century masterpieces are one of the most extensive and well-maintained of their kind in the world.
The exterior of Château de Chaumont could easily be considered the embodiment of every girl-child’s fairytale castle fantasy. Built between the cities of Tours and Blois, the Château is open to the public and hosts a series of installations from contemporary artist and also features events like the International Garden Festival.
Château de Versailles is unquestionably worth a full day-trip to explore the palace and grounds. The vivid murals, crystal chandeliers and arched windows of the Hall of Mirrors, the artfully designed and maintained park and gardens are some of the eye-catching spaces you’ll discover on a visit to Versailles.
Events & Activities
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Late spring through the summer is the dominant season for European travel. The number of sunshiny days that, with an abundance of endorphin charging vitamin D grows, and the variety of outdoor activities and events
increases substantially as well.
The Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de Cannes) needs no formal introduction as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It takes place in May in the maritime city of Cannes along the French Riviera offering. In June, rent a car in Lyon and drive just south of the city to the town of Annonay, where they annually commemorate the flight of the first hot air balloon with a the L’Art de l’Envol Festival that’s always soaring to greater heights. Paris is the place to be in July for
Getting Around France
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La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day, as it’s also known. As the holiday approaches, the people of Paris are well-prepared for a celebratory extravaganza of titanic proportion. The St. Louis Festival in August offers jousting with a twist, as the jousters make passes at each other in oared boats along the Royal Canal in Sète.
Kemwel is here to help you to make the most of your Tour de France with a Kemwel car rental
! We offer a diverse fleet of vehicles from mini to nine-passenger vans to fit any itinerary and setting. If you’re planning to visit France for twenty-one days or more, you can benefit from the transportation partnership between Kemwel and Peugeot
Our secure, online booking engine is an excellent way to confirm your vehicle quickly, and we guarantee that you’re receiving the cheapest rate! Still have questions? Contact a Kemwel reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 today!
Posted by Adrianne | Under Vacation plans
There’s nothing like startling yourself awake with the frantic thoughts of being late for work before coming to the realization that you don’t have to be anywhere… because you’re on vacation! If your travel planning takes you to the lively, lovely and scintillating country of Spain this spring, Kemwel is here to give you the keys to freedom and flexibility with our impeccable car rental services available throughout the continental and island cities of Spain.
In the City Barcelona Busy Around the Clock
Barcelona is a thriving coastal city with a bustling day and nightlife. A visit before the peak summer season will cut down on your competition in experiencing all the city has to offer.
Music lovers will enjoy the Festival Guitarra, which lasts between February and June. Classic Spanish guitar styles and international acoustic sounds fill the air with feverish picking and slowly strummed strands. While not typically associated with producing frothy beverage goodness as countries like Germany and Belgium, in April the Barcelona Beer Festival will surprise you with the selection of not only international brews, but locally crafted beer that you wont’ find outside the country.
Take a self portrait in Parc Guell, Barcelona
Gaining more acclaim on the world stage is Parc Güell in Gràcia, where the manicured gardens and walkways are graced with the detailed architectural artworks of Antoni Gaudi. A stroll down the central boulevard, Les Rambles, offers excellent people watching, both of fellow tourists and city natives, but veer off this thoroughfare if you’re looking to quench your thirst or grab a light bite for more quality and cost-effective options. The best place to get one of the major delicacies quintessentially associated with Spain, the tapa, is in the region of Andalusia where tapas originate, but you can still find some delectable versions in Barcelona. Museums and galleries will offer respite from the constant buzz of people on the streets and another perspective of art and beauty for you to ruminate on. It’s easy to venture out at night and not return to your hotel until the wee hours of the morning with the glittering city nightlife, but dress to impress, as you never know where your evening will take you. There are some clubs and restaurants where you don’t want to be spurned at the entrance for simply not meeting the dress code.
Parc Guell, mosaics and architecture
Your car rental opens the doors to the wondrous city of Barcelona and the scenic splendor of greater Spain. It will take more than one visit to sate your curiosity after sampling what this country has to offer!
The Islands Canary Islands Fallen Cultures & Natural Beauty
Like many who flock to the shores of the Canary Islands, your primary objective in visiting could be to avail yourself of the luxurious resorts, ocean sports and other man-made amenities. But while you’re planning how long to stay and which islands to visit, consider in your evaluation how many diversions of natural beauty and historical interest there are to see.
Guanche Warrior Statues in Candalaria
On the island of Tenerife, in Candalaria, thousands of pilgrims travel to the basilica, which houses the figure of the Black Madonna, while on the sea wall. The imposing statues, depicting the fallen Gaunche race, stand alert and on guard as if to protect the city from incumbent threats. Fuerteventura is known as haven for adventurous spirits that would master the waves, but as you move away from the concrete hotels and businesses that line the coast, there are some truly picturesque landscapes to traverse. Both La Palma and Tenerife have impressive observatories if you’d like to take advantage of the clear evening skies and do some stargazing.
Shake the sand off your swimsuit and abandon the beach for a bit! Renting a car on Tenerife and the other Canary Islands is a snap with Kemwel, ensuring you’ve got the means to discover these alternative attractions.
Traditions Sevilla April Fair Feria de abril de Sevilla
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Sevillianas are a local folk dance
You’ll find no lack of festivals and fanfare in Spain as spring approaches, from small villages to major cities such as Madrid. One example is the glorious fiesta that takes place each spring is the Sevilla April Fair. This convivial atmosphere envelops you in the intrinsic culture and traditions of this sparkling Spanish city! On the banks of the Guadalquivir River, natives and tourists stroll in and out of the gaily decorated casetas (marquee tents) and spill out of the entrance gates taking the party into Sevilla’s streets. Everywhere you turn, there is a brightly arrayed sea of people enjoying the temperate spring weather, sipping on various vintages of Spanish-crafted fino Sherry and nibbling on warm tapas. Garbed in classic traje corto style, men don smart short coats, slim fitted trousers and boots, while the ladies wear vibrantly colored and patterned flamenco style dresses. This may help you identify a knowledgeable partner who can teach you the dance steps to the popular Sevillianas. The term Sevillanas refer to both the style of folk music and the conventional dances that accompany them. The songs echo the theme of a simple, but rich life: love, hearth and home, rural living and faith—but as with all music, you don’t need to understand the lyrics to appreciate the dance. Since you’ve already shed your guise as spectator, why not rent a buggy to join the horse and carriage parade?
The Lingo No hablo español?
One of many things that I love about traveling is the opportunity to increase my linguistic skills. While my Spanish is far from fluent, being cognizant of this fact and a willingness to continue trying to bridge the language barrier regardless has served me very well. So next time you’re out of your comfort level and on someone else’s turf, pick up a travel phrase or guidebook, particularly if you don’t have a traveling companion to be your language liaison. Even if you’re starting from ground zero and attempting to properly articulate the phrases provided, keep trying and do it with a smile on your face! You’ll often find that your efforts will go a long way in making new friends and acquaintances who, in turn, are happy to correct your verbal missteps, as you valiantly attempt to use their language.
A car rental in Spain with Kemwel gives you the freedom to tour this illustrious country at pace that suits your individual needs. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, as a couple, or are adventuring as a solo traveler, we have an extensive fleet of vehicles to choose from and relevant driving information so you’re safe on the highways and byways of Spain. Confirm your car rental in a few easy steps with our secure online booking engine today!
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Holidays
Bank holidays may seem lackluster when compared to the great headliners like Christmas and Independence Day, but they are a boon to working professionals and busy students. There’s nothing better than an extra day off without time-consuming holiday obligations attached to it. With that extra 24 hours of leisure, you are free to consider a myriad of options, ranging from road races to retail. Among the many possibilities, I would like to suggest a weekend getaway this Presidents Day. There are many accessible cities that are ripe for mini-vacations. After even a quick vacation, you can return to work, school and life with great stories, revived enthusiasm and unique perspectives. By using your long weekends for short trips, you can infuse your whole year with accomplishments and satisfaction.
Ready, set… travel! Three days of paradise is better than no paradise, at all!
There are a few simple guidelines for choosing a perfect long-weekend destination. The idea is to hop off a plane after a relatively quick flight, and land in a whole new world of unique scenery, tempting cuisine and fun activities. It can be a delicate balance, but what you want is a place completely unlike where you are right now, and you want to get there without losing an excessive amount of time to air travel. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic: in a short stay, you won’t be able to do every possible activity, but you can do a lot. If you are looking for a good starting point, here are a few great places to spend a long weekend, or longer!
Icelandic ponies are perfectly suited for the rugged terrain.
As far as exotic destinations go, it doesn’t get much more otherworldly than Iceland. Reykjavik is a small, hip city with a robust nightlife, geothermal hot springs and unparalleled scenery. This arctic capital is set among a breathtaking island landscape shaped by both volcanic and glacial activity. Given just a couple of days in Reykjavik, I would want to soak in the mineral-rich waters of the natural spas, gaze into the enigmatic northern sky, and take a nod to the maritime traditions and incredible wildlife of this proud seafaring nation with a whale watching tour. It’s also possible to rent some famed Icelandic ponies and ride into the jagged mountains at the outskirts of Reykjavik, or dance until well into the winter’s night at the plentiful bars and dance clubs in the downtown area. Kemwel provides convenient car rentals right in the Keflavik Airport, so you can get right on the Iceland roads. Both hot and cool, Iceland truly is the land of fire and ice.
Flight Time: Approximately six hours from New York*
Adventure awaits in the historic canals of Amsterdam!
Fun-loving Amsterdam has long been known as an intense city for revelry; however, it is more than merely a decadent playground. Among the rivers edge and fresh sea air, there is a wealth of history and beauty to experience in the lovely capital of the Netherlands. Hire a small boat and discover why they call this historic city the ‘Venice of the North’. Amsterdam hosts dozens of world-class museums, performance spaces and parks, so choosing the ones you hope to visit can be quite a task. In town, some of the must-see’s for beginners include the fantastic collection at the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. Those who are curious may want to take a stroll through the red light district, though keep in mind that doing so is much safer by day. With a rental car, you can take a quick journey to the historic De Gooyer windmills, which thirsty travelers will be delighted to learn is also a brewery.
Flight Time: Approximately eight hours from New York*
Hit the ancient cobblestone streets of Dublin’s bar district
Get an early start on the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day festivities with a long-weekend trip to Dublin. Start with an informative and tasty tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, and then make a nod to the deep literary tradition of this proud city which birthed such celebrated writers as Bram Stoker and James Joyce with a literary tour or pub crawl. To get a real sense of the Irish way of life, you can explore the outlying areas with a rental car. Walk the jagged cliffs of Howth and then continue just a little further north to see the roots of Celtic culture at the megalithic tombs of Meath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For a quintessential Emerald Isle experience, be sure to catch the traditional Irish music and enjoy a fresh Guinness in a Dublin pub. Look to our helpful Ireland driving guide for tips on cruising the roads around Dublin!
Flight Time: Approximately seven hours from New York or Boston*
Soak up sun and sailing on the Barbados beaches!
As a relatively small island with only one city, Barbados is perfect for a weekend getaway. You can relax and warm yourself in the sun, ride some of the most powerful Atlantic waves, snorkel with sea turtles, or take on a round of golf in the island’s internationally renowned courses. Whether you prefer the nightlife of Bridgetown or the wildlife of the tropical coral reefs, Barbados is a gorgeous and welcoming island, perfect for either a long or short stay. Keep in mind, however, that once you sink your toes into the white sand beaches and sample the famed island rum, you might start having second thoughts about ever leaving this lush locale.
Flight Time: Approximately five hours from New York or four hours from Miami*
The hot city of Miami is known for it’s sizzling nightlife!
With only one word to describe Miami, I would choose “caliente.” From the sun-drenched beaches to the thumping club scene, this city is hot! Take in the pulse of Cuban drums in little Havana, explore the gorgeous greenery of lush Floridian parks and zoos, and catch an eyeful of the gorgeous and fashionable locals. If you’re able to tear yourself away from the surf and sand, check out the 10th century Ancient Spanish Monastery in its tropical new home, or catch a glimpse of the sweet life with a visit to the luxurious Star Island. Never leave Miami without dining heartily on the flavorful local fare, and keep in mind that you can always return to this city of sun.
Flight Time: Approximately three hours from Chicago or New York, six hours from Seattle*
Lover’s Beach at the gorgeous Land’s End of Cabo San Lucas!
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is the place to go for miles of luxurious beachside resorts beset by authentic Mexican culture and gorgeous natural scenery. Located at the southernmost point of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, this city is blessed by some of the best sport fishing, surfing and sailing in the world. You can explore vibrant reefs with snorkel gear or from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or hit mountainous trails in a well-equipped dune-buggy. Cabo is a great city for young adventurers looking to swim in a sea of margaritas, but with a historic old town and the striking beachside rock formations, it’s also a worthwhile family destination.
Flight Time: Less than three hours from Los Angeles, less than five hours from Chicago*
When you only have a couple of short days to enjoy your chosen vacation spot, you don’t want to spend it waiting for busses or trains. Renting a car for your long weekend is a great way to save time when you travel. Kemwel provides a large selection of convenient rental car pick-up offices, a lot of which are right inside the airport. Book your rental car right on the Kemwel website, or call our reservation specialists at 1-877-820-0668.
*listed flight times are approximated for direct flights.
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Where to?
The world is full of historical and fictionalized chronicles of love and romance that both fuel the imagination and tug gently at our heartstrings. Whether your idea of expressing endearment is of the traditional variety with the gift of a card, roses and candy, or an inspiring international trip to Romeo & Juliet’s Verona, at Kemwel, we always have a few tips to speed you on your way!
Je t’amie Means I Love You
The splashes of red represent the renewal of love
Frederic Baron has spent much of his life writing musical stanzas illuminating the wonder and beauty of being in love. However, it wasn’t until he began a collection of notebook pages filled with the words I Love You written in hundreds of other languages that he found his own true labor of love. On the often roamed and romanticized streets of Paris, Baron visited the homes of friends and neighbors, international embassies and any place else he could think of to ask people to write the important three little words in their native tongue. He collected thousands of scrawled “I Love Yous” in hundreds of languages before he enlisted the talents of Claire Kito, an artist well-versed in Chinese calligraphy to bring his vision to life. From their collaboration, the Wall of I Love Yous was borne. Nestled in the Abbesses garden in Montmatre, couples from around the world come to visit the site that celebrates the transcendence of love in any language.
Paris, France is the superlative travel destination for those already in the throes of romantic love, as well as those in search of love. Rent a car with Kemwel in Paris and surprise the partner of your heart with a stop at the Wall of I Love Yous, and a whirlwind tour of one of the most romantic cities in the world.
A Valentine By Any Other Name
Brazil is a scintillating destination for couples in any season
If you’re feeling lackadaisical about Valentine’s Day, or are simply so intensely enamored by your other half that you’ll use any excuse to express it, start a new tradition and surprise someone you love by introducing them to the Brazilian version of the holiday Dia dos Namorados. The Day of the Enamored is celebrated mid-year on June 12th, and much like Valentine’s Day, couples will make special plans and exchange tokens of affection. Homes and streets are decorated in a profusion of vibrant colors, while people gather together and dance sultry sambas, eat, drink and revel in festive folk activities planned for the occasion. While Saint Valentine and Cupid dominate the realms of romance in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Latin American country of Brazil, Saint Anthony is the patron of eu te amo and blesses couples with a fruitful and joyous marriage.
Latin America is a scintillating destination for couples in any season, and a rental car in Brazil allows you to explore the dynamic cityscapes like Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and small towns off the beaten path. Dia dos Namorados is also celebrated in Portugal on February 14th, where the brilliance of Portuguese culture is infused with a European flair.
A Kiss for Luck
For a courtier’s tongue, kiss the Blarney Stone
One of the many ways that we ardently express admiration of another is with words—through terms of spoken endearment, lines of poetry, verses in songs, and a panoply of other means in an attempt to relay our heartfelt emotions and intentions. If the spirit is willing, but you find that the words won’t come, perhaps a visit to the Blarney Stone, just a short drive from Cork, Ireland is in order. A bit of gusto and bravery is required to gain your silver tongue! Hanging upside down from the Battlements of Blarney Castle you must plant your lips on the Blarney Stone, which is purported to bestow the gift of eloquence to the kisser. Woo your fair damsel, or beau, with the tongue of a courtier and spend the rest of your Irish interlude on the road to discovery.
Learn more about fascinating international destinations and the cheapest rates on worldwide car rental services for your next romantic getaway by signing up for Kemwel’s newsletter. You can also visit our rental car country pages for events and festivals happening across the globe.
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Where to?
From the often forgotten architectural marvels of Wales, to the cultural celebrations of Scotland, the underwater wonders of Northern Ireland and rock shows in England, where are you traveling this spring in a Kemwel car rental?
A BANNER YEAR OF TRAVEL IN SCOTLAND
In case you didn’t already have more than enough reasons to visit the vibrant and rugged country of Scotland, 2014 is shaping up to be an exceptional banner year. The program of events and activities lined up showcases the distinctive culture and personality of Scotland and its people, in cityscapes across the nation throughout 2014, so don’t forget to confirm your Kemwel car rental early!
In Dumfries, attend the Flavour Fortnight where hundreds of eclectic food and beverage oriented diversions will test and tantalize your palette. Try your hand at the art of bread-making, learn about locally sourced foods, or enjoy a dinner and drink pairing at one of many local restaurants. A variety of local and international drinks and dishes are part of this delicious event!
Glasgow has the honor of hosting the XX Commonwealth Games, third on the list of worldwide sporting events for attendance and participation after the Asian Games and the Olympics. The Games have taken place every four years since 1930. All four countries from the United Kingdom, plus Australia, Canada, and New Zealand participate. Some of the sports incorporating strength, speed, skill and agility that have been included in the past are: fencing, swimming, weightlifting and hockey.
It’s never too late to travel to Scotland and join in any one of the thousands of exciting activities that are taking place all over the nation through December 31.
FORGOTTEN FORTRESSES OF WALES
Were you aware that Wales has more castles per capita, than any other country in the world? If your love of ancient edifices knows no bounds, consider basing your travels in Wales, where you can rent a car from a variety of convenient Welsh cities for a spring castle tour.
Cardiff Castle is situated on an eight acre site in the heart of the city of Cardiff. Ancient walls, stalwart towers and manicured lawns conceal over two millennia of history. Many enriching cultural events and contemporary concerts are among the flux of activities that take place here each year. For the full experience, it is recommended that you spend the few extra pounds for the premium tour, which gives you more access and information over the basic entry package.
The seaside Edwardian Castle of Beaumaris is an impressive if imperfect beauty due to its incomplete walls and structure. Funds and supplies diminished prior to Edward I being able to complete the ambitious fortification, one of many edifices constructed to put a Norman stamp on Wales. This location is best appreciated on a sunny day when all the shapes and shadows of the unfinished
Over five hundred fascinating castles and fortresses populate the Welsh landscape. Get to Wales before the peak summer season and take a scenic driving route that winds its way through the country or operate on instinct when deciding what strongholds to visit, but either way, don’t forget your camera!
I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL IN ENGLAND
One of the many perks of traveling is attending shows and discovering new music to add to your collection! Sometimes you catch an up-an-coming local band you would have otherwise never discovered, at others, it’s a mainstream musician who’s conveniently touring the country that you happen to be visiting! England has rock shows and folk festivals galore all year long. Here’s a little sample of what’s on the playlist for spring 2014!
The Doncaster Folk Festival takes place in at the end of May with a heterogeneous selection of performances at venues throughout Doncaster. From swanky jazz and blues to acoustic folk and roots music, bring a date for some sultry dancing, or sit back and just enjoy the blended instruments and vocals. Get a taste of pop culture in London with shows from Justin Timberlake and One Direction, or sample some indie rock in Newcastle from the Kings of Leon.
Some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past 50 years are Brits. In Liverpool indulge in Beatlemania by visiting affiliated attractions and then catch a live show from one of their tribute bands. The Rolling Stones, Led zeppelin and David Bowie are other Brit musicians who have left their imprint on generations of lovers of Rock n’Roll. At the British Music Experience in London, an interactive museum, you can view memorabilia from these and other legendary artists then star in your own mock music video.
Let the music be your guide. Travel the length and breadth of England in a car with style like a rock star, or take a musical tour in a motorhome, before the fame goes to your head.
UNDER THE SEA IN NORTHERN IRELAND
When considering Northern Ireland for travel, it’s easy to forget there’s much more to see than the popularized golf courses, rolling green countryside and cozy pubs. The Irish coast has a gorgeous underwater garden, teeming with life–hundreds of shipwrecks in various states of preservation rest beneath its watery depths. Join seasoned divers and other adventurous spirits in their undersea explorations.
Belfast is one of numerous places where you may begin your underwater odyssey! There are local diving clubs and schools that can give you an edge on the best locations for those already scuba savvy, or diving instruction and safety lessons for beginners. The Belfast Lough has many points of interest that are accessible in less than thirty meters of water. Some of the documented remains in the area include: the Zetland, the Druid and the Smuggling Cutter. Ballycastle and Portrush on the northern coast are also regularly recommended locales to
It’s an exciting prospect to investigate the world from a new perspective through a medium like diving! Arranging a car rental pick up in Belfast allows you to visit even more diving destinations throughout Northern Ireland, as well as participate in the wealth of more traditional Irish activities that your heart desires.
There’s no telling what else spring will bring in the United Kingdom! Rent a car with Kemwel and don’t miss a beat. For more details on what’s happening in the UK, check out our events page. Reserve your car rental online or contact a Kemwel car specialist at 1-877-820-0668 today!
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under the Outdoors
There’s nothing worse than a seemingly endless landscape of mundane scenery that makes you want to fall asleep rather than look at it. If you’re going to be on extended car ride, you want a road with an eye-catching panorama of scenery and the speakers full of your favorite driving tunes. When you’re choosing your next travel destination remember, one of life’s many pleasures is a long drive that offers plenty of curb appeal.
Great Ocean Road No Maps Necessary
Only eight of the Twelve Apostles remain visible
From Torquay to Allansford, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is without a doubt the largest and most beautiful soldier’s war tribute in the world. It has a fascinating history of creation from the labor of surviving servicemen who returned home after World War I. From the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles rising up from the ocean, to Bells Beach, where surfers vie for the right to tame the next turquoise wave, you’ll find a seemingly endless paradise to explore in and out of your Kemwel car rental.
While you can finish the length of the Great Ocean Road in one day, why push yourself? Underwater shipwrecks, walking trails, warm sands to dig your toes into, and lighthouses with panoramic views are just a few of the reasons to hit the breaks and put the car in park. If you are more of a motor enthusiast as opposed to someone who likes to get out and smell the proverbial roses, the undulation of the roadway that takes you around tight corners and over seaside cliffs may encourage you to finish the drive in one day, but I hope you don’t.
Napoléon Route Say Yes to a GPS
The town of Sisteron along Route Napoléon
Close to 200 miles of smooth asphalt retrace the historic route of Napoléon between the cities of Grenoble and Antibes. An exciting stretch of road that takes you through the diverse terrain of quaint French towns nestled amidst alpine peaks, past abandoned fortresses and through forests to the Cote d’Azur. The numerous hairpin turns can be exhilarating for some and daunting for others. This route is often traversed by drivers who enjoy putting the pedal to the metal looking to make record time. For the leisurely driver, make a stop in Grasse, which has the prestige of being recognized as the world’s perfume capital. In Sisteron, where the sun shines an average of 300 days a year, visit the once defensive medieval citadel. The Naval Museum of Napoléon can be found in Antibes, as well as museums dedicated to Picasso and the liqueur absinthe. The road is still marked in places by gilded statues of the Imperial French Eagle, but it is recommended to plan your route utilizing a GPS.
The Romantic Road Rekindling the Flame
Fairytale Neuschwnstein Castle overlooks the valley
Cultivated in the 50’s, with hopes of rekindling the flames of German tourism, some enterprising souls recognized the untapped potential in the hundreds of miles of highway between Würzburg and Füssen. From the ashes of wartime the Romantic Road was borne. It began with the loved-ones of American troops who were stationed locally, coming abroad to visit and taking the driving tour. From then on, the tide could not be stemmed, and in modern the Romantic Road lures lovers-lane hopefuls and families along its winding length by the thousands each year.
Beautiful and formidable looking castles straight from a child’s fairytale, medieval events with costumed knights and ladies, traditional German festivals and wineries line the way.
Transfăgărășan Check Your Brakes
Transfăgărășan passes through the Carpathian Mountains
The twists and turns of Transfăgărășan, also known as Ceausescu’s Folly after ruler Nicolae Ceausescu, takes you into the highest reaches of the mysterious Carpathian Mountains. Painstakingly carved by the military to use as an access road, today, the devilish turns and steep climes over-looking sheer drops are all part of the exciting challenge for motorists and cyclists who travel through the wild beauty of the Carpathians. Enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch by Balea Lake, or near the thundering Balea Waterfall, which can both be reached from Transfăgărășan. This is not a highway for speed, but care and concentration, so if you want to snap a photo of any of the spectacular cloud-line views, pull over.
With this selection of heart-racing, ambling and historic drives, you’re sure to put your Kemwel car rental through its paces. When you’re searching for destination ideas and travel advice, check out our weekly blog! Kemwel makes international travel easier with information, insight and of course, the cheapest rental cars to get you everywhere you want to go—Reserve your next rental car online today!
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under the Outdoors
Lounge in a beach chair, soak up some golden rays, frolic in gently rolling waves, build sandcastles and collect shells, or meander down a dusty trail. When you’re deciding how to spend your vacation days, Kemwel can help you find the perfect inexpensive transportation to experience the destinations that fit your idea of a little slice of paradise.
CABLE BEACH, Australia
On the northwestern coast of Australia, Cable Beach is 22 kilometers of glistening white sands and the gorgeous blue-green hues of the Indian Ocean. With that kind of mileage, there’s no worry of rubbing elbows with the next blanket full of picnicking sun-bathers as you raise your beverage for a drink! If you’re feeling ambitious, rent a surf or boogie board to ride the waves, or simply recline under the shade of a beach umbrella. Tour operators offer camel rides, which can be a fun activity for the family, or a romantic sunset adventure. Further attractions include The Horizontal Falls, a natural wonder best experienced from an aerial, plane view, the interactive Crocodile Park, and another time-sensitive sight, the Staircase to the Moon. There is a clothing optional section of the beach to the North End, so if you’re of a more modest mindset, you might want to avoid this area. This destination is at its peak potential between March and October!
A Ship’s prow rock formation
CATHEDRAL COVE, New Zealand
Navigate the walking track that takes you past both Gemstone and Stingray Bay until you pass beneath the peaked, stone arch that leads you to Cathedral cove. As you approach the opening on other side, you’ll notice what appears to be the prow of a ship rising in the distance. In actuality the rock pinnacle that you’re seeing has been shaped over time by the elements, but it lends a very Pirates of the Caribbean air to the snug cove. You’ll want to bring any books, towels, games and food along with you for a day of leisure, as there are no restaurants or other businesses to cater to your needs in the immediate vicinity. This intimate setting is accessible by foot, or water vessel, so leave your car rental parked in town.
MONTANA DE ORO STATE PARK, US
When I was a little girl, my family would often visit Montaña De Oro for the Beaches and mountain scenery over the summer holidays. While it doesn’t offer crystal-clear turquoise waters or expanses of finely-grained sand, it is still a place that I enjoy and recommend to others after all these years. The main beach is split between a sandy and a pebble and shell strewn area. Dig your toes into the sand, or look for jade and unbroken sand dollars. If you glance back at the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the bright red hue of the poppy flowers catch your eye as they sway in the breeze. There are a series of small secluded beach nooks further along the coastline that can only be reached by taking the narrow and often steep trail that connects them. Each has its own unique and interesting features and it is not difficult to find ones empty of tourists to make your own haven for a short while.
Flying buttresses at the Beach of the Cathedrals
PLAYA DE LAS CATEDRALES BEACH, Spain
If you’re of an inquisitive nature as opposed to a relaxed approach during vacations, visit the Beach of the Cathedrals. Explore the sea caves that vary in size from mere cracks in the landscape to large chambers that become exposed at low tide. The natural arch formations resemble the flying buttresses that are such a prominent feature of historic cathedrals, which gave the beach its name. You’ll get all the sands, surf and sun you could hope for, as well as interesting scenic features to discover, all a short drive from Ribadeo, Spain
JASNA LAKE, Slovenia
Lakes, the forgotten beach-baring sister
While seaside beaches get the lion’s share of the glory, their inland sisters all too often are the wallflowers when in fact they have a charm all their own. Jazna Lake is an alpine beauty set amidst Slovenian Mountains.The lake is guarded by the peculiar statue of the Zlatorog (Goldhorn), who reigned from the range surrounding Triglav, where he hid his treasure according to local tales. While it’s unlikely you will find the manifestation of this golden, folkloric figure, you can still enjoy the bounty of his kingdom. While Slovenia may be short on ocean frontage, it has plenty of trails that lead to panoramic peaks, lush green forests and cool, clear waters that are the perfect complement to an outdoor escape.
ATITLAN LAKE, Guatamala
Another lake sister, Lake Atitlán, offers up rich Mayan heritage above and below its deep waters. While the towns that surround its shores still hold to aspects of Mayan culture and dress, there are remnants of long past villages that can, under the right circumstances, be seen beneath a clear surface. Many a entrepreneurial boatman will allow you a ride on the lake for a price if you flag them down from a jetty. Although tourism is constantly on the rise, there is still much unspoilt beauty and a firmly relaxed atmosphere in abundance in the lakeside communities.
From lakeshores to seashores, Kemwel is here to lend advice and offer pertinent recommendations to ensure your next trip isn’t ALL wet—It’s a fast and simple process to confirm your rental car with the Kemwel car rental booking engine. If you would like more details about driving abroad, or on the variety of car hire services available with Kemwel, please view our information pages!
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Travel Tips
For those scheming to take an alpine ski trip in the upcoming months, whether with friends, family or flying solo, Kemwel has compiled some suggestions to supplement your snowtivities!
Airborne Adventures | Chamonix | France
Located on the France/Switzerland border, Chamonix is depicted primarily as a ski destination nestled in the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps. What you may not realize is all of the ways you can also experience the majestic beauty of this alpine destination without ever touching a ski pole!
While some people may feel a level of trepidation initially in going airborne, choose the means that makes you feel the most secure knowing the unimpeded views of Chamonix and the French Alps will be well worth it! Take your family aloft in a hot air balloon. Where the footfalls of winter boots and swoosh of skis would resound across the snow-laden landscape, your birds-eye view allows you a level of anonymity to catch a glimpse of woodland and mountainous creatures alike. A Capra Ibex as it pauses in a clearing, a lynx slinking between the trees, or perhaps a royal eagle soaring in the distance.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, have you ever considered a paragliding expedition? Mieusey, just west of Chamonix, is the self-proclaimed creator of the sport. Paragliding lessons are available if you’d prefer to experience the wonder of free-flight alone, or professionals can take you on a tandem flight.
For the most comfort, without losing access to the spectacular views, take a helicopter tour of the area. There are a variety of local companies that offer these exciting services not just during the winter, but all year long! There’s much more to see in Chamonix, so whether you pick up your car rental from Geneva on the French or Swiss side, or confirm your rental car from Chamonix itself, don’t miss out on any of these high-flying activities!
Well Grounded | Bergün | Switzerland
Take a scenic journey that begins and ends in the quaint valley town of Bergün, Switzerland. Grab your toboggans and for a few francs, board the Rhätische Bahn, an alpine train that will transport you through the unspoilt climes of the Albula Alps. Traverse winding tunnels and stone bridges until you reach the summit of the Albula Pass in Preda. Typically closed to vehicular traffic during the winter season, this byway becomes a sledder’s paradise. Warm the cockles of your heart with a steaming beverage from the summit hotel before sallying forth, back into the snow. Feel the exhilarating thrill of the wind whistling past the runners of your sled, as it whooshes down six kilometers of sunlit or floodlit trails, back to the quiet village below. The echoing peals of laughter and surprise will reach the town long before you do.
Another enterprise that continues to rise in popularity in snowscapes worldwide is the art of igloo building. From Bergün, it’s a short drive to Filisur, where a one-day training course on simple igloo construction and an accompanying night stay is available during select winter periods. Whether you’re a family with kids on a whirlwind adventure, or a couple, romanticizing your time in this snug abode, your party will be sure to find the activity fun and invigorating!
Circulation | The Black Forest | Germany
As you drive through the Black Forest, it’s clear why many fairytales from the Brothers Grimm storybooks were inspired by the scenery lying beneath its mysterious woodland canopy. Freiburg, on the southwestern edge of the forest, is one of many cities that offer a pleasant base of operations where you can find accommodations, as well as purchase or rent any sports equipment you may need. A set of snowshoes provides a means of locomotion that will expedite meanderings across the diverse forested terrain.
Nearby Schluchsee Lake is a man-made creation and the largest body of water in the Black Forest. During the winter it freezes over providing the perfect setting for skimming lightly across its icy surface on skates in leisurely circles, or for a lively competition.
In Freudenstadt, long after the holidays are over, horse-drawn sleigh rides are still readily available. A circuitous tour through the idyllic town and its perimeter, by a knowledgeable local, can offer intriguing insight into the history of the town and region! Miles of groomed cross-country trails originate just outside the city limits, or there are designated areas within town where Nordic skiing is permissible.
From packing light and important travel documents, to must-see destinations and cultural events, at Kemwel, we delve into the details of travel to provide relevant recommendations and details to assist you in making your vacation plans.
Make the most of the snow! Check out these family friendly European destinations that are chock-full of outdoor, snow-laden excitement! Contact a Kemwel car rental specialist today to confirm a rental car, a chauffeured driver or specialty vehicle toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.
Posted by Shanna "Daphne" Tran | Under Where to?
Packing for me was once a struggle between want vs. need. Who can predict what chance meeting may suddenly whisk you away, far from your original travel itinerary on a whirlwind adventure? I wanted to be prepared for any possible situation that may occur, no matter how far-fetched, but I inevitably needed hardly any of the back-breaking baggage train that followed me. Here are some hard-earned packing tips I’ve picked up along the way that have unburdened my travels while still keeping me prepared for delightful surprises.
Have you ever been waiting at the luggage claim to find out that your suitcases didn’t follow you to the final destination? It’s a terrible way to start a vacation. By keeping your bags with you, you’ve already avoided this pitfall!
Typically airlines allow one carry-on bag of 45 linear inches (cumulative height, width and depth), and one personal carry-on such as a purse, briefcase or small backpack. It is still wise to confirm the maximum size/weight capacity for these two items while purchasing your airline ticket. Failure to follow the airlines restrictions can mean that your bag gets checked as you’re boarding for not meeting the criteria. As the airlines have no streamlined regulations in place regarding bag check costs and policies, this gives them free reign to charge you not only the regular checked bag fee, but an additional late check charge, putting a woeful dent into your travel funds.
Liquid/gel toiletries are another area where you will encounter limitations. Their contents should be less than 100 ml/3.4 oz. and placed in no more than a quart-sized, re-sealable baggie. Solid toiletries are not size specific, but still factor in the weight limitations. This is a rule that you will also want to follow to the letter. Where you may encounter fees for oversized bags from individual airlines, TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is a different creature altogether and doesn’t take kindly to rebels. They may appropriate your belongings for containing items outside the designated parameters, which will disrupt, if not halt your trip when you’re forced out of line for further baggage inspection. Make this the last item you pack, as you will have to display it before being permitted through security.
When it’s time to choose your personal item, make it count. Don’t just bring the cute, little handbag or man-purse. Bring whatever the maximum capacity item is, even if you don’t initially fill it up. This is the bag that any electronic devices, travel documents, fragile goods and miscellaneous items to be used during the flight are best packed as it will fit snugly under the seat in front of you.
Making a List, Check it Twice & Always Bring a Bathing Suit
Traveling is not the time to procrastinate until the last minute to pack. Inevitably, there will be something that you want but have forgotten, starting a downward mental spiral as you fixate on the missing item. Yes, you can probably pop into a shop and make a purchase to accommodate your new plans, but being of a frugal nature myself, I’ve come to abhor what I see as frittering money away on something I already own just because it’s not immediately available.
The average vacation lasts seven days or less. Consider your destination and possible available activities during this time frame. While there are well-established clothing staples, the family that’s skiing in Europe will have greater needs than the couple that’s taking a driving tour of Australia. Pick items that will create an interchangeable wardrobe with a basic color palate. Pack half as many bottoms (including skirts for women), as you do tops. I recommend the little black dress for the ladies and a sport coat for men. A cardigan, scarf, tie or other simple accessories can quickly dress up and dress down an outfit for both sexes, while fitting neatly into the nooks and crannies of your luggage. Any items that can serve a dual purpose like the pants that segment to become shorts or similarly structured shirts are a plus. If you can find them in the outdoorsman style of easy wash and dry, stain resistant type, even better. I also advise bringing a bathing suit; even if you think you’ll be nowhere near a body of water of rays of light hot enough to sunbathe. There are hot tubs and geothermal pools in some of the coldest climates. I’ve been more surprised by the number of occasions I’ve found a use for a swimsuit than not. Even if you’re headed to a warm-weather location, plan to wear layers on the plane. Flight cabins are usually kept cool and you’ll feel like you’re sneaking a few more wanted pieces into your trip.
When it comes to footwear, this is an individual battle that we must all face alone. Admittedly, sandals that can double for a warm setting or dress pairing, sneakers because I like to run, and a pair of colorful heels always accompany me. Packing the smallest of the three and wearing the running shoes definitely helps!
Now that you feel comfortable with your selections, plan on crossing half of them off the list. You’re not fooling anyone, you’ve already overcompensated. Coco Chanel has been quoted as saying, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” Take that principle to heart when creating your packing list.
Don’t Hesitate to Consolidate!
If you’re traveling with friends, or family it’s helpful to consolidate whenever possible. Unless there are special individual needs, more than one tube of toothpaste, sun-block and similar items aren’t really necessary, which can free up room in your luggage.
Rolling clothes conserves space in your bags, or use compression sacks so long as you can deal with a few extra wrinkles. This does not mean you should pack more because you’re creating space! It’s fairly certain that you will return from your sojourn with more than you left with, so it’s a good idea to use that extra room to include a compact duffle bag or similar item that you can then fill for the trip back home.
It’s not going to be easy the first time; you’ll want to grab last minute items “just in case”. But, don’t do it. Stick with the packing list and the plan. Allowing for spontaneity and the inevitable surprise encounters that do actually happen you can pack practically, while leaving a little wiggle room for the exciting element of the unknown.
At Kemwel Car Rental, we’re always looking for ways to improve your travel experiences with advice and suggestions from where to go on your next vacation and useful travel gadgets to important driving information. Contact one of our rental car specialists at 1-877-820-0668 to complete your travel itinerary with a Kemwel car rental today!
History, culture, gastronomy and the great outdoors; friends, family, or flying solo—wherever your interests lay, grab the bull by the horns and make this your definitive year for travel! From the sunny beaches of Southern Spain to the Sicilian coast, Kemwel has compiled a short list of destinations that will peak your curiosity and wanderlust. Book early and save big with Kemwel Car Rental today!
“Someday is not a day of the week.” – Janet DaileySICILY
The idyllic island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea offers a myriad of opportunities for both outdoor adventurers and less gregarious travelers. Hike the trails of Mount Etna whose fiery eruptions have sculpted its surrounding landscape into a network of caves and peaks, or hit the slopes of the nearby winter resorts which reside within its snowy crests. Sample variants of regional dishes paired with locally crafted wines. Sicilian wines hold third place in the line up of internationally regarded Italian vino of which I heartily recommend a tasty red Syrah. Take your car rental for a scenic drive to visit ancient buildings from myth and history. Castello Ursino in Catania is in pristine condition and houses the Catania Civico Museum while in Taormina the Greek theater ruins provide a beautiful counterpoint to the stunning view overlooking the city and sea. There are events and festivals like Carnival which take place all on a national level and more intimate local events like the Almond Blossom Festival which comprises parades and dynamic performances of music and dance. From Trapani to Syracuse, Kemwel offers convenient car rental pick-up locations across Sicily.
Vibrant, passionate and daring are the words that come to mind when I think of Southern Spain. A turquoise sea with beaches of fine sand, filled with sun-kissed bodies lounging in the heat. Men and boys who face down death, in dramatic bull fights and beautiful flamenco dancers whose movements draw your attention with their sultry flair and punctuated claps. On a hot summer’s day a bowl of gazpacho, a cold vegetable soup, is a refreshing meal, or try the rice and spice based paella served with chorizo. The region of Andalusia is an attractive destination for international travelers for both its temperate winters and sizzling summer heat. Take a leisurely drive through Malaga to visit the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, or tour fairytale Gibralfaro Castle. Just a two-hour car ride away is the Alcázare of Sevilla, a magnificent structure known for being the oldest palace in Europe still in use, while the nearby Gothic Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Sea is the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Visit these exotic and historic cities and more, as Southern Spain gets under your skin and ignites your senses.
Southern France, or le Midi as it’s also called, has some of the most scenic drives, picturesque coastline and popular resorts in all of France. In Nice, stroll along the Promenade de Anglais (Walkway of the English) that follows the deep blue waters of the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) before making your way to one of the eclectic restaurants or cafés for a coffee, a light meal and an aperitif. Drop the top of a sleek, sporty coupe for a leisurely drive down the coast to Cannes, internationally renowned for the invitation only Cannes Film Festival. From its seaside shores you may see one of the Lérins Islands, Île Sainte-Marguerite, where the fortress prison Fort Royal stands. This edifice is famous for once holding the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask. From the fragrant lavender fields of Aix-en-Provence to majestic peaks of the Pyrénées, Southern France is a welcome retreat in any season.
Prepare an action-packed itinerary that crosses cultural boundaries, or a more thorough exploration of a singular region. At Kemwel, we provide the cheapest car rental costs without sacrificing the premium customer service that you deserve. Contact a Kemwel rental car specialist toll-free at 1-877-820-0668 to confirm your reservation today!