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15 Tips on What Can You Do as Rental Car Rates Increase in the United States

The inventory of vehicles in the fleets of rental car companies has significantly been reduced for the year 2021 — but for a simple reason: the basic economic principles of supply and demand as the result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

As demand for renting vehicles declined substantially, rental car companies either reduced the inventory of vehicles in their fleets accordingly; declared bankruptcy protection; a combination thereof; or have gone out of business…

…but now that demand is spiking, fewer vehicles are currently available to rent — and because rental car companies cannot simply just order thousands of new vehicles at a time and have them immediately delivered to meet that demand, rates to rent vehicles will likely increase significantly.

As for what can you do to mitigate the pain…

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14 Tips on What Can You Do If Rental Car Rates Increase in the United States

The inventory of vehicles in the fleets of rental car companies has significantly been reduced for the year 2021 — but for a simple reason: the basic economic principles of supply and demand as the result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

As demand for renting vehicles declined substantially, rental car companies either reduced the inventory of vehicles in their fleets accordingly; declared bankruptcy protection; a combination thereof; or have gone out of business…

…but now that demand is spiking, fewer vehicles are currently available to rent — and because rental car companies cannot simply just order thousands of new vehicles at a time and have them immediately delivered to meet that demand, rates to rent vehicles will likely increase significantly.

As for what can you do to mitigate the pain…

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Warning: Watch Out When Booking Breakfast Room Rates During the Pandemic

The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — or, more accurately, the level of overreaction to it by some people; but that is a debate for another time — has wreaked havoc on everyday life in society around the world. The travel industry has arguably been affected the most in countless ways over the past year…

…and breakfast offered at hotel and resort properties — whether included in the room rate or available for an extra charge — is no exception: many hotel and resort properties have…

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The Inexcusable Reasons Why You Should Avoid Way.com for Airport Parking

Several choices abound when needing to get to the airport to catch a flight, as you can either ask a friend or relative to take you to the airport; use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft; or drive to the airport yourself and park your vehicle in a secure place where it will stay until you return from your trip…

…but regardless of whatever option you decide to use, that option must be as reliable as possible. Enough anomalies lurk and await you — no matter how well you plan your trip — and the last thing about which you need to worry is ensuring that you arrive on time at the airport for your flight.

In terms of options to park your vehicle at or near an airport, you could either pay a fixed price at a facility dedicated to parking vehicles — you can usually procure coupons to reduce the cost per day and save a little money — or you could pay a significant discount through services which contract hotel properties with the sunk cost of excess parking spaces which are otherwise rarely used, which tends to benefit everyone involved: the hotel property can earn a little extra revenue “renting” out an excess parking space to you; a “middleman” company which brokers the arrangement earns revenue as well; and you get to potentially save a significant amount of money on parking your vehicle at or near the airport.

I started using Way.com for parking my car several years ago because…

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Connecting Your Device in a Rental Car: A Reminder of What You Must Know

Technology has advanced in recent years where you can connect your portable electronic device to the entertainment and information system built into the dashboard of a car; and the percentage of the fleets of rental car companies where this is possible has increased to the point where this technology is expected — regardless of the class of vehicle rented these days…

…but did you know that after you drop off the vehicle at a location of a rental car company, you could be leaving something behind as you are whisked — er…better make that slowly lumbered — away on that shuttle bus to the airport terminal?

No, you are not leaving behind anything physical, as you have everything with you. In fact, you double-checked and realized that you are not missing anything at all — but you could still be leaving something behind in the car you just dropped off…

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Reminder: 2 Reliable Resources of Countries With Updated Travel Entry Restrictions Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Keeping up with the latest information pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic can be as daunting a task as the proverbial drink of water out of a fire hose at full power, as it either tends to change by the minute, or new information tends to be released — especially as countries are either opening their borders or easing restrictions for visitors…

…but keeping apprised of what are the latest restrictions pertaining to countries and territories worldwide is easier, thanks to two reliable sources…

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The Longest Yard Sale in the World Celebrates 33 Years — and Other Travel Ideas

If you were wondering about some places to visit and things to do for the remainder of the summer of 2020 within the United States which are just slightly out of the ordinary — and in which you can participate despite the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — this article contains some different ideas about where you might want to consider traveling.

From the…

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Avoid Fraud: Ensure You Know To Whom You Are Talking Before Conducting Business

A ticket for a flight from Los Angeles to Vienna had to be canceled due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — and the person who was scheduled to travel still does not completely understand the reasons how or why he or she was somehow in contact with a company which is suspect to be fraudulent instead of with the airline itself.

Considering this situation to be very strange…

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One Valuable Life Lesson Learned From the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has knocked humanity on its knees and turned the norms of society upside down and inside out worldwide. Regardless of whether the response to the pandemic is an overreaction, it has effortlessly exposed the numerous frailties of mankind; uncovered the vast imperfections of the human condition; and exposed a reflection of ourselves that is considered quite sobering.

Many lessons have already been taught by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — only time will tell if we as a society will have learned those lessons and use them to our benefit in the future — but there is one valuable life lesson which is especially critical to learn pertaining to travelers…

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Why You Should Not Wear Gloves During a Pandemic — Except…

People have generally been frightened by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as they do not want to spread the virus, get sick, or die; and the mixed messages from the most trusted sources in health in the world — combined with so-called “leaders” who politicized the pandemic for their own selfish gains — have certainly not helped matters…

…but some people have taken matters into their own hands — literally — by wearing disposable latex gloves in addition to masks or cloth face coverings, thinking that gloves will protect them…

…even though no trusted source of information pertaining to health recommended wearing gloves in general during the pandemic. In fact, wearing gloves can actually potentially worsen the situation by leading to the further spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses.

The official recommendation pertaining to wearing gloves by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is as follows…

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