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Discover Greece: Origins & History

The fruit of our imaginations have been fed since childhood on a diet of the myths and legends of Greek heroes and the pantheon of Greek Gods who meddled in human affairs. While many liberties and interpretations of these classic stories have been taken over the millennia, there is still a fire of passion that they ignite, which stirs us into travel planning to explore the magnificent lands of Greece.

Here is a brief glimpse of a few of the impressive Grecian destinations you’ll find with a Kemwel car rental, where reality and fiction mingle.

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A view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

Ancient Puzzles
On the island of Crete, the ferocious Minotaur is said to have once prowled within the confines of his labyrinthine prison, held captive by order of King Minos for the atrocities he committed. While the warren of ruins at Knossos in Heraklion have long been associated as the site where the Labyrinth from this myth stemmed, some still speculate that there are other options just as likely on Crete, or perhaps that we’re still nowhere near its discovery.

Whatever you choose to believe, Crete is lauded as an exceptional island paradise and offers many connections to the past, stunning scenery, and ample modern amenities for both the economical and luxury traveler. You can rent a car from convenient locations like Chania, Heraklion or Rethymnon, and take your time traversing this idyllic isle.

Temples to the Gods
The stone temples erected by the Ancient Greeks, are the most prevalent constructed edifices in the countries architectural history. Unlike the churches of modern religions, the temples of the Gods were created to house larger than life statues dedicated to a particular important deity, and sometimes multiple deities, while worship and sacrifices took place around the exterior of the temple.

Many of these fascinating ruins can be found in cities across mainland Greece and its wealth of islands. The most notable of these is the Parthenon, perched on the equally admired Acropolis overlooking Athens. But, have you heard of the Temple of Hephaestus, the Parthenon’s less illustrious neighbor just a few hundred meters away? The Heraion of Samos, once a vast sanctuary which paid homage to Hera, provides few remnants of its glory days, but if you’re on the island already, you should still make a point to stop.

If this is a type of driving tour that interests you, the followers of the exhausting panoply of Grecian Gods have left many options to add to your itinerary. Make sure you’ve got plenty of memory gigs left on your camera of choice to capture these iconic remains.

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The Temple of Aphaia on the Island of Aegina.

The Origins of the Athens Classic Marathon
The Greeks are already famous for the inception of the enduring athletic challenge, the Olympics, but what many sportsmen and sports fans don’t realize is that Greeks are also the creators of another important contest of physical prowess—the marathon.

Volunteering as a courier, the Greek soldier Pheidippides uttered his final words upon reaching his destination, imparting the welcome news of a Grecian victory in a battle against Persian invaders, after purportedly running from the Marathon Bridge to Athens.

More than a millennia later, hundreds of marathons occur worldwide every year, and it is only fitting that the Athens Classic Marathon, is the tribute race that retraces the path of the inspirational run that began it all. Some compete for the glory, others for charity, and even more to prove a point, that they can do it! Take a break from your scenic drives in Athens, and really stretch your legs out! If you’re feeling up to the challenge, this historic event happens each November.

I Come in Peace
Many of the wars involving ancient Greece were chronicled and are still scrutinized today. One bit of uncommon phraseology that I would impart from this tumultuous period is that of extending an olive branch. Granted, the origins of it are biblical in nature, but the Greeks are one of the many cultures who adopted the practice of literally offering up an olive branch to indicate that they had reached a point that they were ready for peace. This symbol of cessation was also integrated into many other facets of Greek culture and ceremony, for instance in weddings, to wish peace between the new couple.

Traveling can be an intense experience and sometimes a bit of levity and equanimity is needed. So if your party is feeling a bit of tension, why not find an olive branch?

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Extend an olive branch in peace in times of turmoil.

Discover Greece with Kemwel Car Rental
Kemwel car rental offers another kind of peace to our clients that of peace of mind! Rent a car in Greece with Kemwel and feel secure in the knowledge that our award-winning team is just a phone call away for all your transportation needs. Contact us toll-free at 1-877-820-0668 day or night. If you’re feeling independent, you can also confirm your car rental in Greece with Kemwel’s online booking engine, reserve yours today!


Airplane Essentials: How to Enhance Your In-flight Experience

With every airplane ticket I book, before I hit the payment confirmation button, I take a moment to fantasize and reflect on the pampered luxury heaped upon those travelers with the financial freedom to occupy the first class cabin as opposed to coach, or as I like to call it, the bullpen. However, the necessary steps it would take to fund those golden tickets (e.g. offering up a firstborn child, mortgaging a home, selling a kidney), always seem a bit excessive when weighing the amount of time I could benefit from them.

The days of simple, free airline amenities offering small creature comforts from blankets and pillows, to pretzels and headphones have come and gone, making it necessary to take measures into our own hands. In lieu of going to extremes to purchase the premier flight experience, here is a little advice to bookmark with a checklist of airplane essentials I’ve found have enhanced my coach class experiences.

Are You Sleeping?

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Wake up more refreshed when you use these simple sleep aids.

Bring a neck pillow and wear it around your neck as you board the plane to avoid taking up valuable space in your carry-on luggage. Some passengers may look askance at you initially, but their contemptuous glances in the terminal will change to sidelong looks of envy when you’re resting comfortably during a sky-high siesta. Inflatable versions are also available, but I personally prefer the pre-stuffed horseshoe pillows as opposed to the blowup styles.

The interior of airplanes tends to be more wintry than not, but unless you’re planning to visit an equally, or more severely cold destination at the other end of your flight, it’s easier to just bring a small, compact blanket or sweater to guard against the chill.

Even on an evening flight, an eye mask ensures you have a more sleep-friendly level of darkness for when restless neighbors play disco with the overhead lights and the screen on their electronic devices illuminates the aisles. It also sends a polite signal to your seatmates that you’re enjoying a measure of private time.

A set of ear plugs is an invaluable asset. If you’re seated near a snorer, someone courting deafness with the volume of their headphones, or a further miscellany of potential noisy intrusions, these little beauties will drown out the sound.

TIP: A sad reality is that thieves tend to target people who appear to be travelers. The advantage an inflatable neck pillow has over the ready-to-use version is that it’s easily stowable, removing one obvious sign that you’re not a local.

Idle Hands
When you’re not resting or striking up a conversation with the seat next door, avoid a case of the doldrums with some ready entertainment.

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There are a variety of small items you can pack to stay entertained during your airline experience.

I always bring a book (yeah, I’m old school like that), a set of five dice (for Yahtzee and Zonk), a deck of cards, and a magazine of mixed crossword puzzles as my primary means of mental stimulation.

Keeping up with work necessitates having my laptop handy, which means the perks of pre-downloaded games, movies, music and other electronically fueled amusements are also at my fingertips. Obviously, this also works for other tech-oriented devices, depending on your preference.

Headphones aren’t just convenient to have, they’re also polite to use in public places! Noise cancelling are the best! A headphone jack splitter is a petite piece of equipment that has been good to have for the mutual benefit of visual and auditory sharing with friends.

TIP: Charge your electronic devices fully prior to boarding, and bringing an additional battery source never hurts.

Meds
There are many things that if lost, misplaced or stolen can be easily replaced when you’re traveling, but medications aren’t one of them. If you have prescriptions of any kind make sure they’re placed in the bag that remains with you.

TIP: Keep these in a clear, plastic bag along with your travel-size toiletries to get through security checks faster.

Hygiene

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Luggage gets lost more often than you think! Pack a few necessities in your carry on.

Whether this section is beneficial to you will depend largely on whether you choose to check luggage or not. If you consign your suitcases to the underbelly of the airplane, then read on. Otherwise, I’d skip ahead to Munching and Crunching!

I’ve had my luggage…I won’t say lost, because the airline has always seemed to know where it was, but my bags have been inconveniently misplaced more than once when I’ve checked them (this happens more often than you realize). To avoid arriving with nothing but the travel-worn clothes on your back for an indeterminate period, pack an extra set of garments in your carry-ons. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just functional. At the very least, include an additional pair or two of skivvies. Next to the inclusion of a toothbrush and toothpaste, which you should always keep with you in travel sizes, a fresh pair of undergarments is a refreshing change during a layover or after a long flight. It may sound odd, but try it, seriously.

TIP: Using compression bags helps keep clothing items clean and using a fraction of the space.

Munching and Crunching

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Is there an in-flight meal, or do you need to purchase something from the terminal?

With the number of restrictions that have been implemented in regards to food and beverage items, we’re at the mercy of the restaurants, bars and kiosks in the airport terminals. Once you’ve made it through security and are waiting to depart, there are typically a variety of options to stock up on snacks and bevvies for a comparatively small fortune. Check in advance to see what, if any meal options your flight has to offer before you decide whether you should stock up in advance, or feel confident in paying for whatever they have available.

TIP: If you want to avoid the unpleasantness of your ears popping during the airplane ascent and descent, bring some gum to chew!

Quick Reminders
As most flights currently allow you two carry-ons, I stow any items that aren’t needed during the flight in the second, larger bag that is kept in the overhead compartments. The aforementioned items go in a smaller satchel that is placed under the seat directly in front of me.

It (should) go without saying that any travel funds, including cash and credit, passport and important documentation are some of the things that should unquestionably be in your immediate vicinity as well.

Further Benefits to You

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Get the cheapest airfare and rental cars with Kemwel!

The use of these airplane essentials also translates to your comfort level while touring in your Kemwel car rental! Who knows where your road tripping adventures will take you?

As you’re planning for your next vacation, remember that Kemwel has been a trusted resource for international car rentals assisting generations of intrepid travelers! Confirm your rental car any time day or night with ease using our online booking engine at one of thousands of international pick-up locations. Kemwel extends assistance to our clients from our call center staffed with live agents 24/7. Contact us toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.


Better Know a European Car Rental

Renting a car in Europe is arguably the most ideal, economical means to transport your friends, family, and luggage while on vacation. If you intend on reserving a car, familiarizing yourself with the process is conducive to an enjoyable, carefree vacation. Knowing the guidelines and stipulations will help you to make calculated choices that satisfy your personal preference as well as your budget. It is beneficial and highly recommended to research the products and services offered by the rental car companies to avoid unexpected surprises and unexplained costs. Consider these tips when planning your next European holiday.

Knowing Your Rental CarWho Provides Your Car?

This may seem like a simple question, but with so many tour operators, brokerages, and third parties conducting business it is easy to confuse which party is actually supplying your car. The rental car companies own, register, and rent cars. Tour operators consolidate worldwide rental car companies under one roof to give the consumer countless vehicle options at discounted rates. The daily rate is paid to the tour operator, but the car will be supplied by the car company at the designated pick up location.

Choose Your Car Category

The industry standard for advertising rental cars is to categorize based on the size of the vehicle or the engine, rather than the make or model. When you book a cheap car in France on the web or over the phone, you will quickly become accustom to the respective classifications identified as mini, economy, compact, mid-size, standard, full-size, luxury, and specialty car. Vehicles also retain a subset of features within the same category, such as number of doors, diesel vs. gas, with or without A/C, manual or automatic transmission, etc. You will very regularly see car descriptions as “Chevrolet Spark or similar, Mini Class, 2-door, manual transmission, A/C, four passengers, with luggage space.”Key to Your European Car Rental In the event that you reserve a mini vehicle, the car supplier will provide a vehicle that meets the specifications of the mini category. The best way to determine if a car is tailored to your needs is by comparing the example car in an individual category to your own car. Find out which category your car falls under, then go from there.

Unfortunately, suppliers are unable to guarantee the make or model for standard categories, unless a specialty vehicle is reserved at a premium. By renting a specialty vehicle, the preferred luxury car will be guaranteed. to choose from, including BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, or Porsche. If a specialty car is in your budget, the sky’s the limit.

Insurance

There are several different types of insurances that are either included in the rate or that can be purchased for an additional cost at the rental car desk. Basic rates do not include collision or theft insurance, but they are a good choice if you are seeking coverage through your credit card company. Depending on the country, collision and theft insurance is mandatory by law. Italy is on the list of countries that require coverage for every rental car, regardless of coverage through your credit card or third party travel insurance. Car Rental InsuranceInclusive rates include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP) with a varying deductible, or excess, that will be paid to the rental car company in the event of new damage to the body or theft of the vehicle, and for each ascending car category the amount of deductible increases. In order to waive liability, look for a zero excess rate at the time of a booking or purchase excess waiver insurance, or Super CDW, at the rental car desk to reduce the collision deductible to zero. While Collision Damage Waiver covers potential damage to the body of the vehicle, it excludes coverage for damage caused to the windows, tires, undercarriage, and interior, keys, and incorrect fuel put into the car. A third available supplemental insurance designed to cover aspects of the vehicle not covered by CDW can be purchased through the rental company directly. Be on the look for a zero excess rate when shopping for a rental car and purchase any supplemental insurances  locally to be fully covered, or choose a basic rate and confirm insurance coverage offered by your credit card company.

Deposit

It is a standard policy for rental car companies to hold a deposit equivalent to the deductible, or excess, plus fuel and VAT as collateral in the event of damage. All rental car companies require an authorization on a major credit card at the rental car desk, and debit cards are rarely accepted due to its limitations. The deposit is released back to the credit card upon completion of your rental period less applicable taxes, fees, or additional services.

Additional Products and Services

Car Rental Child SeatRental car companies offer additional products and services that can be purchased for an extra cost at the discretion of the renter. During the booking process, you will have the option to select child seats, a GPS, and ski racks, which are provided by the agents at the rental car desk. In the winter, snow-tires are required by law in several countries due to potentially hazardous conditions. The cost of snow tires can either be included in the rate or paid at rental car desk, depending on the terms and conditions of the hire. Some restrictions and additional fees may apply when you book a one way car rental in Europe. Agents will also offer supplemental insurance. Knowing the insurance policy of your rental car will help you make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase extra coverage. Remember to review your rental contract before agreeing with a signature. Make any modifications as you see fit.

Fuel Policy

Each rental car company’s fuel policy is disclosed at the time of a booking under the terms and conditions. You will frequently see two types: full-to-full and full-to-empty. The full-to-full stipulates a vehicle be rented with a full tank and returned with a full tank. If the vehicle is returned without a full tank, you are subject to the cost of fuel plus a refueling service. The full-to-empty policy requires payment for a full tank of fuel at the time of pick up and the rental car must be returned as empty as possible, with no refunds for unused fuel. Hold onto all gas receipts showing the amount of fuel added to the tank on your drop off date as a proof of cost.

Checking Your Rental CarCar Rental Damage Check

You can never be too careful when borrowing a piece of equipment owned by someone else. With that in mind, although rental cars are inspected by agents before and after rental periods, it is advisable that you check the car for pre-existing damage as a precautionary measure. If pre-existing damage notated on your rental agreement form matches the actual damage on the car, you should be fine. But if damage on the rental car is not represented on the rental agreement, it would be wise to return to the rental car desk to ask an agent to make note of all pre-existing damage.


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