Orlando International Airport and Car Rental Guide

Orlando International Airport (MCO), located six miles southeast of Orlando, is sunny Florida’s second busiest airport. Both Southwest and JetBlue use Orlando as a focus city. International flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America frequently depart MCO. Lufthansa runs daily flights through Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany; and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have multiple daily flights from the UK.

Located in Central Florida and dubbed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is a major tourist destination. Orlando offers over-the-top theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Legoland and Sea World. Over 50 million people visit Orlando’s tourist attractions each year. Within about an hour’s drive, travelers can take in the sun and sand at Florida’s Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Canaveral National Seashore.

The layout of Orlando International Airport includes a centrally located main terminal building divided into Terminal A and Terminal B. There are four airside concourses which surround the main terminal in a hub and spoke design.

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Child Seats and your Rental Car

When traveling with small children and renting a car, car seats are certainly a requirement. Deciding whether to schlep your own along or rent one at the car dealership will depend on availability, convenience, and personal preference.

Most big name car rental companies will have a limited number of car seats available to rent for an additional fee. These go on a first come, first-served basis, so be sure to reserve them far ahead of when you will need them. You will also need to specify the type of car seat you need. For example, you will need something that can be installed rear-facing for an infant while a simple convertible car seat or booster seat will be appropriate for different aged children.

Keep in mind that some rental companies will require you return the car seat to the location you rented it from. It is likely you will need to install the car seat yourself. There is a good chance you will need to put down a refundable deposit when renting a car seat.

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Palma de Mallorca Airport Information

Palma de Mallorca Airport, also know as Son Sant Joan Airport, is the third busiest airport in Spain. With its proximity to the sunny beaches of Can Pastilla and a mere 5 miles (8 km) to the capital city of Palma, it’s not a surprise that Mallorca Airport is among the busiest in Europe during summer months. During 2012 over 22 million passengers used this airport. The airport is organized into four modules which allow up to 12,000 passengers to be dispatched every hour. The airport is clean, airy, and welcoming. There is plenty of comfortable space including a solarium in which passengers may relax.

Mallorca Airport offers passengers many amenities. ATMs are located throughout the airport. Currency exchange is available in Module A. There are play areas for children in Module A and C. Passengers may also access police and a post office. There are also meeting rooms available.  Wifi is available for a fee after the first 15 minutes.

In the Passenger Terminal there are a number of bars, cafes, and restaurants including Cafe Son Sant Joan, Deli&Cia, Espression Lavazza, San Miguel, Warsteiner, Burger King, and Sa Cala. Terminal A has Carling Pub, Cerveceria 1516, Medas Ready to Eat, Burger King, and Subway. Module B has Cafe-Cafe. Module C has Farggi, Ready to Eat, Starbucks, Warsteiner, McDonalds, and Upper Crust.  Module D has Madas Beer, Ready to Eat, Bit Burguer, Burger King, and Delimarche.

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Winter Driving Tips and Advice

Driving in winter’s messiest weather can be a stressful and potentially dangerous endeavor. Bearing this in mind, the best advice is to stay home. Just. Stay. Home. Unless there is a truly compelling reason to be out in the storm, put off travel until roads have been treated and cleared.

Here are tips if you do find yourself in an unavoidable winter driving situation.

Keep your headlights on and clear of snow and ice. Clean your windshield off completely. (Go fill your wiper fluid right now!)

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Guide to Driving In Cyprus

Cyprus is a large island located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Turkey. With long, sunny summers, mild winters, and iconic beaches, tourism is an important part of the Cypriot economy. If you are visiting Cyprus and planning on exploring the island, renting a car is a great way to get around.

Perhaps most important to know is that you will be driving on the left side of the road. For most nationalities, this means you’ll need to get comfortable using the gear shift with the opposite hand and learn to make right turns into traffic. You will also need to adjust which mirrors you use. It is a good idea to drive around a parking lot to get your bearings.

Please be aware of local laws:

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Larnaca Airport and Car Hire Guide

Larnaca International Airport (LCA) is Cyprus’ main airport for international travelers. Many flights connecting Europe to the Middle East route through LCA in addition to the heavy tourist traffic to the sunny island itself. Over 5 million passengers go through Larnaca International Airport each year. It is larger than Cyprus’ Paphos International Airport.

There are a number of car rental and car hire companies located at the airport. Hermes Airports Ltd (who also operates Paphos airport - PFO) released the results of its tender process on January 31st 2014 announcing that the companies that are able to operate as on-airport car rental providers from now until March 15th 2017 are:

Sixt Car Rental Europcar Car Rental Budget Car Rental Petsas/Astra JV Car Rental

In addition, Avis and Hertz have been authorized to operate as off-airport suppliers meaning that they are authorised to operate a shuttle bus to transport their clients to and from their parking operations.

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Guide to Driving in Italy

Planning on renting a car and spending some time driving in Italy? Here are few tips and some helpful information to make your experience easier.

If you have a U.S. driver’s license it is strongly recommended that you buy an International Driving Permit before leaving for Italy. An IDP is simply a translation of your license into 11 different languages. In the U.S. they’re easy to obtain for a small fee from your local AAA office, no driving tests or exams required. This should be carried in addition to your regular driver’s license. You should also have insurance papers, car documents, and any required equipment. Italian law mandates that all cars are equipped with a warning triangle and a reflective vest or jacket in the event of a breakdown; car rental suppliers provide these items for each rental car.

Don’t rely too heavily on your GPS. Double check a map to be sure you’re going in the right direction; not to another town with the same name. Also, your GPS may not denote a ZTL.

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Car Rental and Travel Tips for Italy

With more than its fair share of art, architecture, historical sites, and natural beauty, Italy is a destination we all should visit more than once. Here are some simple travel tips if you are planning to visit Italy.

Your valid United States passport is all you need to visit Italy for up to 90 days. Be sure you have applied for or renewed your passport well in advance of your trip. U.S. passports are valid for 10 years and will cost about $135. It is recommended that you make two copies of the data page - keep one with you but separate from your actual passport and give one to a friend or family member at home (or scan it and email it to yourself and someone stateside).

If you plan to stay beyond 90 days, you will need to get a visa. You should also do this well in advance of your travels. Visas may be obtained through the Italian consulate that serves your state. Don’t leave this until the last minute.

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Guide to Driving In Greece

Knowing the laws as well as local attitudes toward driving will help you successfully navigate the highways and byways of Greece.

The roads themselves vary in quality ranging from well kept multi-lane highways to narrow mountain passes. It is best to avoid rush hours in cities and be aware that fellow rural drivers may take their half of the road in the middle. When in cities, it is illegal to use your horn unless there is a true emergency or real danger. When driving blind on a high mountain road, a little horning might be a good idea.

There are two toll roads called Ethniki Odos, but others are toll free. Speed limits vary depending on location. Signs should be easy to interpret as they rely on symbols.

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Renting a Manual Car Could Save You Money

If you’re looking to save money on your next trip, booking a manual transmission rental car could save you a bundle.

Rental cars in the U.S. and now in Australia are customarily automatic transmission, however in Europe standard (manual) transmission is more popular and often more affordable. So if you want to rent an automatic, be prepared to pay a premium. Renting a car with an automatic transmission can be significantly more expensive, higher still during peak travel periods.

When renting outside the U.S. you will need to specify manual or automatic transmission when reserving your car. If booking online, it is usually made very clear what type of transmission each option has. Manuals are less expensive to rent and more widely available with a far greater selection available. Automatic vehicles in Europe tend to be larger, family or luxury models or minivans.

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