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Kemwel makes it easy to book the best discounted travel services and car rentals in Europe. Whether you need a rental car, a buy back auto lease, airfare, hotel reservations, or even a luxury auto rental, Kemwel can meet your needs. Check out our car rental guides for useful travel and driving information. Drive Europe!

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Insider’s Guide to Finding Cheap Rental Cars in Europe

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European car rental procedures can, at times, be difficult to understand. This is true for both visitors to the region and even the natives! Combined with the fact that a car rental can be amazingly expensive if a person does not know how to find good deals and you have a recipe for disaster. To further compound the issue, there are different regulations regarding car rental in most of the countries in Europe, meaning that different steps must be taken depending on where a car is rented or returned and, often, different fees will be imposed.

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Tips for Finding the Cheapest Rental Cars in Europe

Here are a few tips you can follow to find a cheap car rental:

  • Look for companies with supplier contracts – Contracts with suppliers provide a window for the car rental company to offer cheaper rates.
  • Look for added value –Kemwel, for instance, offers significant value for the already-low cost of our car rentals. This includes providing useful travel accessories like GPS units, and portable Mifi rentals, offering short-term car  leases, and providing special newsletter discounts.
  • Price matching – The companies who offer the cheapest car rentals will typically offer something in the way of a what’s referred to as a price match or beat-rate as well for comparable services. This ensures that they remain competitive and is entirely for the benefit of the customer.
  • Rent round trip – Traveling round-trip as opposed to requesting one-way rental cars offers significant savings. Surcharges associated with one-way drop-offs can add additional fees to a rental car cost. However, booking a cheap and convenient one way car rental is getting easier than ever before, so if you’re interested in one way rental, be sure to inquire.
  • Avoid airports – If you can, rent outside of the airport. Car rental companies associated with an airport will usually bring, along with it, a tax of around 15% (or a flat rate, in the case of countries like the United Kingdom, Holland, Spain, Ireland, and France).
  • Rent small – How much space do you really need? If you can rent a smaller, compact or economy car, do so! Larger cars will both cost more as a base-charge and they will usually consume larger quantities of fuel. Avoiding these will save you money on your trip.
  • Avoid smaller towns for car rental pick ups – Less deals, less vehicles and significantly less agents. Rent from a larger city if you can and visit the quaint, smaller villages. Small towns often have a  limited selection of cars and will not offer as much in the way of savings.
  • One driver – Rental fees go up exponentially if you plan to have multiple drivers, so delegate a party member as your chauffeur. This will save fees (per day) that can range from double digits, to a few hundred dollars.

Utilizing these tips will help you succeed in finding cheap rental cars in Europe.  Kemwel consistently offers significant savings to our customers by providing the cheapest rental car rates in the industry. We also provide a variety of travel accessory rentals, reduced-rate hotel rooms and airfare. Rent a car for your next trip to Europe with Kemwel online today, or call Kemwel’s travel savvy experts toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.


6 Easy & Creative Ways to Save Money on Your Next Vacation

When you want to save money on your next vacation, you need to plan ahead. It really is as simple as that! If you have a few months before your next trip, you are in a prime spot to begin organizing and economizing, but even if your travel plan is a last-minute, whirlwind adventure, there are ways to minimize the monetary flow out of your wallet, and still have a good time! Remember that little things add up, and if you do a few of the things on this list, your savings will accumulate. When you are looking for ways to save money on vacation, keep these travel tips in mind.

Travel Together

It is typically cheaper to travel in a group than on your own. Find an established tour to join or simply organize one on your own with a small party of friends. If you have at least six to eight people, there is often potential for your group to qualify for additional discounts, so if you have a posse of aspiring travelers you can rally, this is a great way to go!Kemwel car rental, group travel savings, discount travel

Keep It Local

Keep your trip localized. Even if you are going to a far off destination, stay in that location and explore it thoroughly. Schmooze with the locals and get to know where they go, and their perspective on points of interest.

In many major cities you’ll regularly find city specific passes that provide discounts on anything from museums and galleries to restaurants! For example, if you’re traveling in the Netherlands, the I amsterdam city card is worth purchasing if you’ll be exploring Amsterdam’s cityscape for a few days. In London, England the London Pass offers similar value. Visiting local monuments and attractions are an interactive way to get to know an area’s history and the passes provide additional savings so you can keep enjoying all the exciting facets of culture your city of choice has to offer!

Pack a Lunch

Another great way to save money on your next vacation is to give yourself a meal plan, before and during your trip. Eating out, while fun, takes a huge chunk out of your budget.

It’s all too easy to fall into the culture of social dining and grabbing meals out on your lunch break without thinking much about it, and traveling often results in a three meal a day smorgasbord of cafes, restaurants and bars. As part of your money-saving plan, pack a lunch for work at least four times a week. Before going out to meet friends, have a snack at home first, and limit the funds you bring with you so as not to overspend while you’re out. While traveling, if you are staying in a hotel with a kitchen, do some cooking with goods from the local supermarkets. Even bringing along a toaster and a bag of bagels or bread can help defray your cumulative costs!

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Rent a Car

You may have dreams of picking up on local transport, but for many cities throughout the world, that means using a taxi, and taxis are surprisingly pricey after just a single day! Remember that sometimes, a car rental is just the better deal, especially if you have travel companions. On top of that, you also get to scope out the city at your own pace!

Create a Budget

When you are looking for ways to save money on vacation, it’s important to create and follow a budget plan. Many people intend to do this, but then when the day arrives, they forget or they choose to ignore it. There are many ways to set a budget. Set a big one for the trip or set one for every day, where you are only allowed to spend a certain amount within 24 hours.

Find Friends

Before you get to the city, jump online and see if you can make some friends. While you should always exercise caution regarding who you meet and what you do, you will find that on the whole, most people are welcoming and interested in helping you have a good time. A great recommendation from a local, or someone who has been there is invaluable! There are many online resources that will allow you to connect with folks who are more than happy to share their knowledge and love of a particular area.

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Save Money on Your Next Vacation with Kemwel Car Rental

Kemwel guarantees the lowest prices on your business and vacation car rentals. We provide rental cars from two-person minis to vans for intrepid international travelers who appreciate the economy, additional freedom, and time that a self-driven vehicle affords them! Kemwel’s extensive travel services don’t stop there though. We offer MiFi services, so you can stay connected while away, GPS rental units, an excellent resource on and off the road, hotel room rates and airfare! Arrange your travel services online with Kemwel’s secure booking engine, or contact us directly via our toll-free number at 1-877-820-8666.


How to Budget Effectively for Your Fantasy Vacation

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EXPECTATIONS: Priorities, Patience & Perspective

We all have different expectations when it comes to picturing a fantasy vacation. Days spent lounging on sun-drenched beaches, exploring landscapes steeped in history, thrill-seeking amusement parks or adventure sports—with so many exciting options, how do you effectively budget for your vacation?

PRIORITIES: Begin by deciding what type of travel will be most fulfilling for you. If you’re traveling with others, this will be a process requiring more consideration and compromise. Don’t decide on what you think you should do, make your decision based on what you want to do.

PERSPECTIVE: Travel planning is one-part finances, one-part planning, and one-part perspective. YES, perspective! Foster an attitude of successful positivity that can overcome hurdles when things aren’t going according to plan. Keep your eyes on the prize and relax!

SETTING GOALS: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
There are mixed feelings as to whether you should establish your finances first, and set travel goals after, or vice versa. I am firmly in the second camp. While your finances absolutely come into play when determining your travel destiny, you shouldn’t be planning what may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation based solely on economy! As with anything worth having, your dream vacation is worth waiting for. Don’t get hung up on how long it may take to reach your goal, focus on the fact that you CAN get there!

DOING YOUR RESEARCH: Comparing Your Options
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For the most part your travel expenses are the same expenses that you incur on a daily basis at home, just accrued on a greater scale in a narrower time frame.

Transportation and accommodations will have one of the largest immediate financial impacts on your budget. Purchasing plane tickets, arranging a car rental, or securing lodging  are areas where you can save money if your book sooner rather than later.

What prospective travelers often don’t realize is that shopping around for the best price is more than looking for the best rate with a specific company; your departure and arrival locations and times also dictate how much you’ll pay, so compare and contrast these as well.

Once you’ve established where you want to go, and what you’d like to do there, reassess where your money’s being funneled and how to make changes to your spending habits.

REASSESSING YOUR EXPENDITURES: Paring Down
We are a society of consumers, or as I prefer to refer to it, “economy stimulators.” I mapped out my own finances again recently, while planning an upcoming trip, I was shocked at how far I’d fallen off the budget wagon. While I don’t buy much in the way of tangible goods, the restaurant industry receives a generous share of my paycheck every week. Here’s a quick example of how I revamped some my expenditures without sacrificing my social lifestyle.

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COFFEE:

$25/$50 per week versus $25 every three weeks

Instead of visiting the coffee shop five days a week, I go once a week, and also purchased a 12-cup coffee pot for my department. Co-workers chip in on grounds to keep a steady flow of caffeine through our veins.

 

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$90/$125 per week versus $50 per week.

Living Social, Groupon, & Restaurant.com are a few of my favorite options available that make dining out less expensive, and also introduced me to establishments I might never have tried otherwise!

 

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$ Variable.

Enjoying a round (or two) of libations out with friends, or going to a movie are common social activities. As an alternative, opt for a night in and ask everyone to bring a beverage to share. Make it a game night or watch a movie from Netflix. I’ve found that you can enjoy all the camaraderie, while saving everyone a little extra dinero.

Take at least two weeks and chronicle all your expenses, from a snack out of the vending machine, to your car payment. There are numerous financial apps for smart-phones in addition to those for your PC. I’ve been successful utilizing the simple Expense Tracker  by AppCheer Inc., while a co-worker advocates for Mint, which are both free apps. A friend tried YNAB  (You Need a Budget), which offers a free 34-day free trial. More than enough time to make an assessment of your finances—he liked it enough to buy it! Next, take this information and apply it to reorganizing your spending and savings.

CREATING A BUDGET: That You Can Live With
Now that you know where your money’s going, buckle down. Creating a budget is the least spontaneous part of the travel planning process, but as with any important financial investment “(and planning a trip IS an important financial investment)”, you need a realistic idea of what you have to work with. This is the foundation on which your travel planning is built.

I recommend allotting your cumulative funds into five categories: Non-negotiable, entertainment pre-travel, travel, and emergency.

◙Non-negotiable: Rent/mortgage, insurance, groceries etc. that are essentially inescapable necessities.
Entertainment: Simplify and find alternative entertainment. Enjoy a full life, while contributing to your travel funds. Too much sacrifice isn’t good either!
Pre-travel: Book any advance purchase items like plane tickets, car rental, lodging and travel insurance. Try to borrow suitcases, backpacks, electronics adaptors, activity or weather relevant clothing from friends and family members. Look for second-hand items next, and buy new only when the other avenues have been exhausted.
Travel: These funds are for your entertainment, sustenance, souvenir, exchange rate, and emergency travel budget categories.
Emergency: This is your “just in case” fund to accompany your non-negotiable spending, because this will help ensure you don’t dip into your travel funds when unexpected things happen.

Any additional monies that come your way, say from bonuses or gifts, try and spread the wealth out between your budget groups evenly.

AVOIDING TEMPTATION: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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It is said that it takes a month to create a new habit. So, in your first month be sagacious when following your new budget, it gets easier with time, I promise! Your emergency fund should be a sufficient contingency for most things that crop up, and you still left yourself some wiggle room to live it up, so you can leave your travel resources alone to grow.

MOTIVATION: Maintaining Excitement and Enthusiasm
Find ways to keep yourself motivated during the saving and planning process.
A picture is worth 1,000 words . Take a photography class to help capture those perfect shots that will be a chronicle of your travels.

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If you’ve never kept a diary or journal, start! Take a few moments each evening to write down anything and everything, including all the hard work you’re investing leading up to your vacation. Once you’re on your trip keep up the momentum of documenting your adventures. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for yourself or you choose to share your writing with friends and family, it will be a nostalgic reference and source of further inspiration for you later! Watch a foreign film from your expected travel destination, or join a pen pal program. The possibilities are endless!

Stay engaged, stay positive, and you’ll get there!

SAVINGS WITH KEMWEL: We’re Here to Help
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