- How to decide if you should rent:
- Consider what mass transit and ride share options are available
- If trying to cover a lot of ground and see a variety of sights, you will probably want the convenience of having your own car.
- Costs can also be a factor. Sometimes it is cheaper to rent a car to get to and from your destination than ride share or taxis.
- Rental tips:
- Loyalty programs can have advantages for rates and efficiency – often getting to skip past the rental counter and go straight to the car
- Cars may also be cheaper through 3rd party booking sites like Orbitz, Priceline & Expedia
- Prices can fluctuate so it is worthwhile to look frequently in case a better deal is now available. Most reservations can be cancelled ahead of time with no penalty so you may decide to rebook a cheaper rate or to upgrade to a larger car class.
- Reservation tips
- Never pay full price – look for coupons (like in the Entertainment book)
- Pay attention to what kind of deposit the rental car company expects – this can vary greatly when you travel global
- Research the baggage space to know you have enough space
- Smaller cars generally work better in Europe
- Check the car before you leave the lot
- Take picture of any damage on the car before you leave the lot
- Don’t sign a damage form before looking the car over
- Adjust your seat, mirrors, etc. before you leave the rental lot
- The gas gauge tells you which side to pump the gas
- Plan your route ahead of time
- Leverage GPS
- Audio book options- Libby & Overdrive
- Renting movies & TV shows is also an option on iTunes
- Download movies before your trip – you’ll likely need WIFI to do the download
- Road trip games – apps & bingo cards
- Pack headphones if you want to listen or watch something different from your fellow travelers
- See past posts for more tips
- Snacks – we like a variety of healthy (nuts & fruit) and unhealthy (soda & candy)
- Yelp & Open Table are good for restaurant recommendations
- Each kid might like their own snack bin – like a personalized kid bento box
- Starbucks has nice protein snack pack options
Safety tip – For long trips, you might want to get a tune-up and have your car checked over by a professional before heading out.
More #roadtrip posts from our #100days100traveltips series.
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- Walking with God by John Eldredge
- The Path by Lori Beth Jones
Additional suggested reading on the subject:
Occasionally we hear things- people’s fears, their hesitations their personal
opinions- that may or may not be based on facts. In this episode, we’ll be further exploring some of these travel ideas for some Myth Busting fun!
Myths we tested on this episode:
#1: “It costs too much to travel to Europe”.
#2: “Cruises are boring. There’s nothing to do on the ship”?
#3: “Mexico is unsafe.”
#4: “Airbnb and other vacation rentals seem more complicated than booking a hotel.”
#5: “Lyft and Uber are dangerous.”
What travel myths did we miss? Please add yours below in the comments. And, we’re open to rebuttals on our “busts” above!
We’re not sponsored by nextvacay.com, but we’d be open to it! 😉 Rebecca just flew to Iceland for a bit over $200 from a deal she was made aware of by nextvacay.com. For $25/year, they alert you to awesome deals and then you book as normal through the actual airline website or your favorite booking tool. We recommend you check it out!
The Lead.Travel.Pray. team was excited to interview our first guest on this twelfth episode of this podcast we started exactly one year ago. Dale Kreienkamp, Author of How Long, O Lord, How Long? A Book of Devotions for the Unemployed & Those Who Love Him, joined us to talk about personal change, specifically how faith can guide us through things like unemployment.
Dale Kreienkamp is a Human Resources professional of 40 years who has served as an executive in the healthcare industry and as head of a successful consulting practice. Dale has also served as a volunteer leader on numerous boards of directors, as well as in his home church. Dale has experienced a personal journey of unemployment twice when, each time, his positions were eliminated in organizational restructuring. These personal experiences created a desire within him to help others impacted by unemployment through inspirational devotions.
Dale’s Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/HowLongOLord/ [Searchable Handle: How Long Oh Lord?]
LinkedIn URL – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalekreienkamp/ [Searchable Handle: Dale Kreienkamp]
Individuals each have a unique personality – beyond intelligence, appearance, etc. At Lead. Travel. Pray., we think about culture as the organization’s personality. It’s the collective way of “being” that makes it unique. It’s the “how we do things” layer to “what we do”.
To better understand a culture during an interview or to diagnose a culture through employee/member focus groups, ask questions like…
- How does work get done here?
- How are decisions made? Who has the ultimate say?
- What behaviors are rewarded?
- What are characteristics or behaviors of people who do not fit?
- What 3 words would you use to describe this place to friends and family?
From there you can work on what the employees want the organization to aspire to be and how to close the gaps.
There are also culture assessments that can assist in a more formal diagnosis. Here are some examples:
Here are a few other resources we find handy for culture:
- Hofstede’s country comparison tool sheds light on global cultural differences
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
We’d enjoy hearing what cultural attributes you find most rewarding at work, church, a volunteer organization or hobby group. Please comment below!