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  • How to drive your way through Europe

    2010-06-07

    Europe is known for its famed cities, but the countrysides in between these urban centers can be just as beautiful and rewarding. Backpackers have known this secret for years, but now it is easier to drive your way through Europe.

    Driving is a great way to balance the big city sights with the small town cultures. There are several rental car companies that offer affordable rates. Travelers should research the brands beforehand in order to make sure that their company of choice will have a branch to drop the car off when needed.

    Europe is home to rivers, seas, and straits that make traveling by car unique. At some points, you might need to move your car by ferry - such as trips from Ireland to England or England to France. Again, vacationers should research the fees beforehand, as it may be cheaper to walk onto the boat and simply rent a car at your new destination.

    Couples can definitely fit their luggage and bodies into a smart car. In addition to being extremely energy-efficient, these cars are easy to park in the cities.

    Vacationers should be aware that most cars in Europe are manual transmission. Automatics are available by request, but plan ahead.

    Sometimes, Europe's rail system might be a cheaper option to cover great distances. Some of the rail companies offer rail-and-drive passes, which provide a fare along with a rental car voucher - great for getting across the continent in a hurry.

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