The Open Road

Offering news, views, and tips for independent car rentals

How to Drive in Rain Storms

I live in a part of the world where the weather is generally hot, dry and much of the time, dusty.  Summers can reach 40 degrees celcius or more.  Driving is no problem as the streets are dry - and is often quite relaxing because you can sit in your air conditioned rental car to escape the heat.

A Nice Tour of Jaffa, Israel

Today was an awesome day and I feel very inspired to share it with you.

Tel Aviv is an amazing city but perhaps my favourite part of going there is to travel slightly south and visit Old Jaffa.  For those of you who have never been there, imagine stone buildings, a large port with fishermen hard at work, outdoor cafes and restaurants all abuzz with patrons and a million dollar view of the Mediterranean.  Sound nice?  It is.  

An Adventure in Thailand

So it's finally happening!  I am taking the plunge and heading to Thailand in January and can't wait.  I've never been before which makes it all the more exciting.  The plan is to spend 3 or so nights in Bangkok and then to hit the Island of Krabi for a week.  Sound luxurious?  I sure as heck hope so!

How to Avoid Rental Car Rip-Offs

Unfortunately, there’s not a segment of the travel industry that’s free of rip-offs, and the rental car industry is no exception. Here’s what to be aware of and how to avoid common rental car scams.

How to Choose the Car Rental Add-Ons You Really Need

You never want to embark on a road trip without all necessary safety precautions in place, but you also don’t want to double your rental car bill for the sake of unnecessary add-ons.

How to Plan Your Road Trip Around Offbeat Attractions

It’s easy to spot roadside attractions when cruising down the highway, but if you’re truly up for unique experiences, there’s plenty to discover off the beaten path.

How to Stay Alert on a Long Drive


When you’re in for a long car drive, coffee alone won’t keep you safe when you start nodding off. Here’s how to stay wide-eyed even when the road before you seems endless.

 

The 10 Best Places In America To Visit In September

It may feel as if we were just celebrating summer’s start, but now September is on the horizon and fall is right around the corner. Whether you were too busy to enjoy a summer getaway or you just can’t bear the thought of slowing down your travels, now is the perfect time to book a little September vacation. 

City Spotlight: Denver

Ready for a Rocky Mountain Adventure? For many years, Denver has been a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts—and rest assured, you’ll never be bored there if you enjoy being outside and being active. But the truth is, the Denver area has something for everyone, and it’s an amazing place to visit.