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Having access to a reliable Internet connection while on the go can be an expensive and headache-inducing endeavour, especially when traveling abroad. Roaming fees and hotel Wi-Fi charges can add unnecessary costs to your trip and searching for a hotspot can be time consuming. 

We are excited to announce that Avis will be offering Mobile Wi-Fi powered by TEP Wireless at selected locations throughout the UK in order to provide a mobile, reliable and affordable internet connection that works at all times.

With the Mobile Wi-Fi powered by TEP Wireless, customers can connect up to five devices at one time and save money on expensive international roaming and hotel charges. It’s super easy to use. Simply switch it on, enter the password and connect – no cables, discs or software necessary.

You can find out more about the Mobile Wi-Fi and reserve yours online. You can also pick one up with your car rental at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh airport locations.

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Iceland is a big island with few people. The island itself is 103,000 km2  but only has 321,857 people living there. That’s equivalent to one street in New York! Even though so few people live here,Iceland has a lot to offer. What you want to do on your holiday or short-break is up to you, but Avis car hire will help you get there.

To get the best out of Iceland you should consider renting your own car. Wouldn’t it be great to pick up your car from the airport? No waiting in line for buses! Then collect your car at one of our Avis stations.

Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe so it can easily take a few hours to travel from one destination to another. By driving a rental car, you control the speed, where to stop for taking pictures and where to eat.

Iceland is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination is therefore very well serviced all year round. If you want to travel here in the winter time we recommend that you drive out of the city and explore the Northern lights. Avis cars are fully equipped for the winter in Iceland. The Northern light activity is really intense this year inIceland and is therefore an ideal place to visit and experience this nature wonder. Lie on the ground and stare up to see the colorful light show… there really are no words to describe it! Just come here and see it with your own eyes.

Horseback-riding, hiking, whale watching, nature wonders and swimming pools are just a fragment of family entertainment possible in Iceland. Icelanders are family people, and family fun is therefore really important to them.

Summers in Iceland are full of life. Across the country there are festivals you can take part in, involving fish, music, old traditions, food, snowboards, cars and many other interesting things. By having your own rental car you can pick and choose the festival that interests you the most and drive ahead.

When you don’t have much time to travel, you don’t want to spend it by trying to find your way around. To help with this problem Avis has GPS units you can rent with the car. Avis Iceland has also started a new program called My Way. My Way is a programmed day tours with a mix of interesting stories, facts and history which you can listen to while you drive around. These tours are designed so you can get the most out of one day in Iceland. You can choose from three My Way tours;Golden Circle, South Shore and Reykjanes Peninsula.

What you want to do in Iceland is up to you, whether you want to taste the famous shark and Brennivín? Or see Glacier Lagoon? Look at whales? Or maybe relax up in the country and breathe in the fresh air? Avis wants to be a part of your experience and make it easier to travel between places, so book a car now and experience as much of Iceland as you can.

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What do you think of when you picture a hire car? A practical vehicle probably springs to mind quicker than a performance or sports car – but that doesn’t have to be the case. With the Avis Prestige range you’ll be stepping out in style, quality and luxury.

With Avis Prestige, you get a hire car with a difference. This range provides exceptional quality for those occasions when nothing less will do. Whether it’s an executive business trip or simply a weekend away in style, these are the cars for you. All the models are of exquisite caliber and combine performance with practicality to give you something which looks and feels good on the road.

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The cars

The Avis Prestige range comes with a few added extras that you won’t get elsewhere. All the vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation systems so that you can always get to where you’re going as easily as possible – ideal, if you’re travelling on unfamiliar roads in new locations.

There’s also a luxury airport meet and greet service so it’s not just the car that will make you feel like a VIP. This is a first class bespoke service that’s built around your needs with an expert support team who are always on hand should you encounter any problems or have any queries.

Not only 1st class service, but 1st class pricing to match. There are excellent weekend rates and special offers available so if you are thinking about planning a special weekend away with your other half, this could be just the service for you. There are also corporate and long-term packages available for regular users, helping your money to stretch as far as the road in front of you.

There’s a huge range of vehicles available to choose from such as: Jaguar XF 3.0 or a Range Rover Vogue. If you want to the ultimate drive why not try out the Porsche 911 Carrera – one of the most iconic sports cars on the road today.

Avis are changing the way we think about luxury car hire  so why not come and see for yourself?

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One of the most charismatic cities in Europe, it’s not surprising that Dublin is a popular destination for city breaks and holidays. The capital city of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is a great place to visit and has plenty to keep you busy on your city break.

 

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What to do?

There are lots of things to do in and around the city center. Sip a perfect pint of Guinness in Kehoe’s, a traditional style pub with friendly staff and locals, or explore the endless cobbled streets. Around every corner there is something sure to catch your eye – whether you enjoy history, social, shopping and culture, the city is packed with activities.

For those who enjoy exploring the cultural sites, head over to Dublin Castle, the heart of the city. If you enjoy wondering around museum or galleries, try out the National Gallery which plays host to over 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works of art from the likes of Picasso, Monet and Caravaggio, just to name a few.

If it’s a nice day, go for a stroll in Phoenix Park, one of the largest national parks in Europe (707 Hectors to be precise). Or if you fancy a spot of shopping, make sure you visit some of Dublin’s markets and buy yourself a little keepsake from the city.

For more information on top attractions, check out the official Dublin Tourist Board website.

 

Outside the city.

While there is plenty to do in the city, Dublin is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Irish attractions. We really recommend getting out into the countryside, exploring a little further afield, and as Ireland is a relatively small country you can explore much more of it than you might think.

Rent a car in Dublin and head out into the stunning green countryside to explore everything else this fantastic country has to offer.

Just south of Dublin is Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown – which combines the vibrant feel of Dublin with the picturesque countryside of rural Ireland. Explore the town or take a drive down the coastline and enjoy some of the leisure pursuits the area has to offer. You might not necessarily associate Ireland with a beach holiday but in the summer months, they are some of the most spectacular in Europe and can’t afford to be missed.

Stop in on some of the other towns in the region too to get a real sense of what it’s like to live in Ireland. Towns with great names like Dalkey, Dollymount and Clontarf offer a real insight into what life is like on the east coast of Ireland and there are always plenty of things to see and do.

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This article is part 2 of the best driving roads in the world. What elevates a road beyond the simple tarmac is different in each case and here are the final five additions to our list (#6-10).

6. Iroha-zaka, Japan

Away from the metropolis of the main Japanese cities, you will find a beautiful tranquil countryside. And what better way to experience rural Japan than on the Iroha-zaka?

Connecting Nikko and Oku-Nikku, the road winds it’s way through the mountains and plains like a waterfall. With many challenging sharp turns and steep slopes, it’s a great route to experience.

 

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7. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Running along the southern coast of Australia, this incredible road is famous the world over for its beauty. Spot the Twelve Apostles rock formations and marvel as you pass through eucalyptus forests with koala bears sitting in the trees.

The road was built by returning soldiers from the First World War and to this day remains the world’s largest war memorial. Rent a car at Adelaide airport and head east along this stunning road for an unforgettable experience.

8. Col de Turini, Italy

The World Rally Championship has been held on this road for the last 50 years which should give you some indication about its qualities. It’s narrow, curvy, and weaves around the mountainous terrain… a driver’s dream.

It also comes with some beautiful views of the Italian countryside so stop at a convenient point and enjoy the view. Once you’ve safely navigated down the slopes, take a quick look up and marvel at the beauty of the Italian Alps.

9. The Schwazwald, Germany

Ever dreamt about driving through the Black Forest? Well you can. The Schwazwald, located in South West Germany, is one of its finest roads featuring smooth sweeping turns all elevated above the forest.

The drive takes you on a picturesque stretch from Baden Baden to Freudenstadt, presenting truly stunning views of the forest. A head-start in the morning can be important as the road maybe busy at times.

10. Betws-y-Coed Triangle, Wales

This breathtaking mountain road is a little different to most others you’ll find in the UK. You’ve probably seen it on TV or in countless car commercials and magazines and with car rental in Wales you can travel along this iconic stretch and many others.

Whilst you’re in Wales, why not also enjoy a trip to the stunning Snowdon and Snowdonia mountains, or one of Wales’ many castles?

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 roads around the world.

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We have put together our top 10 most famous roads in the world for those looking for travel inspiration. Whether you enjoy scenery or adventure, there is something for everyone in this list.

Read on to see roads 1-5 in our countdown

1. Lombard Street, San Francisco

The name might not be immediately recognisable but the chances are that you’ve seen this street on TV and films many times. It has appeared in movies from the likes of Hitchcock to even animated series such as the Simpsons. Its unusual winding shape makes it so memorable. Located on a steep hill in San Francisco, this road zig-zags its way down the hill surrounded by beautiful flower beds and shrubberies.

When renting a car from San Francisco’s airport, it is a must that you visit this location. Make sure hire car from San Francisco airport and step into a scene from your favourite movie.

2. Champs-Élysées, France

One of the most iconic roads in the world, this main thoroughfare in Paris leads right up to the base of the Arc de Triumph. It is a postcard worthy scene in Paris, so whether you travel by car or simply want to visit by foot it is a must visit when in the city. It is also the traditional finishing place of the Tour de France which means it has extra significance for cyclists. It might not be the best driving road in the world, traffic does get a little busy, but it’s definitely worth driving down if you’re going to rent a car in Paris.

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3. The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Another road made famous by the movies, is the enormous bridge that links the islands of the Florida Keys to provide a cinematic drive that is literally on the water. If you drive along the bridge at the right time of day you will enjoy some stunning views and sunsets. This vast 127.5 mile long stretch of road is a great journey to take if you enjoy long scenic drives.

4. The Atlantic Road, Norway

This five mile stretch of road has become famous because of both the spectacular scenery and unpredictable weather. Rising above some very dramatic coastline and then falling again towards the water, it almost feels like you’re driving on the sea itself.

On a good day you might even catch a glimpse of a whale or two just off the coast. Hire a car in Norway and take on this incredible stretch for a driving experience you won’t forget.

5. Stelvio Pass, Italy

The highest paved road in Europe crossing the Alps, this is an incredible road but one that only confident drivers should attempt. At nearly 10,000 feet, this can get a little scary at times but while the location will get your adrenalin pumping the views will more than certainly take your breath away.

The next instalment of our top 10 roads is coming soon.

 

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Let Avis take you on an inspiring journey this Christmas with two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks.  Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”; inspired by the extraordinary, untold back story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. Set in 1960 California, the film tells the tale of a time Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep.

In his quest to obtain the rights Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly leaves her beloved London  and agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

 

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. ©Disney

Fancy taking your own inspirational trip to the USA? Save up to 20% off Avis car hire.

Saving Mr Banks opens in cinemas from November 29th.

A SHEER DELIGHT  Screen Daily

 

SMART, WITTY ENTERTAINEMNT **** Daily Telegraph

 

MESMERISING  **** The Times

 

TOM HANKS AND EMMA THOMPSON ARE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS … A DELICIOUS TREAT – Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

 

THE FEELGOOD FILM OF THE FEASTIVE SEASON – Daily Mail

 

 

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We have pulled together some top golf courses from across the world to give those of you who enjoy the sport some inspiration whilst on your travels.

1. Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

For an idyllic landscape and scene, try out Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. This course is situated on the east coast of the North Island with holes that jut out on the promontories, looking over into the Pacific Ocean.

The grounds are also equipped a stylish clubhouse, spa treatment facility and a master cottage.  Make your way around and explore more of what the grounds have to offer with car hire from New Zealand.

2. Royal County Down, Northern Ireland

For those of you, who are keen golfers, pay a visit to the Royal County Down, a challenging golf course which played host to the Walker Cup Golf Tournament 2007.

Hire a car from Northern Ireland  or catch a ferry to try your skills on this vast course. The location of the course shows off the postcard worthy landscapes of Northern Ireland. Views stretch all the way to the Morne Mountains on one side with the Irish Sea on the other.

 

3. Green Monkey, Barbados       

For the real Pro golfer, why not try out the luxurious Green Monkey Golf course in Barbados, equipped with three challenging golf courses. Its luxury outlook and best in class facilities, demonstrates world class service for those who enjoy golfing.

Make use of the relaxing spa after a long day on the course. With an array of relaxing spa treatments to choose from, this is definitely an attractive location for both an active and tranquil trip.

4. Turnberry, Scotland

Turnberry Golf Course plays host to two championship courses and has been built on an old WW2 airfield.  It is located on a luxury resort ground surrounded by sea and equipped with a unique group of hotels.

For those of you looking for a family vacation facility, this is the place to visit! To help you get around Scotland pick up your car from Avis.

5. Royal Melbourne, Australia

Widely regarded as one of the best courses in the Southern hemisphere, this 80-year-old course is challenging, yet for those who have a competitive side, is definitely one to visit. Flanked by deep bunkers all round and with tricky greens and slopes, it is one to give a go!

 

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Driving Abroad: Rules and Regulations

Exploring different roads in other countries is always more exciting when being behind the wheel. However it is always important to know the rules and regulations of the road prior to your journey.

Rules of the road

Road regulations are different in almost every country you go to.  Road etiquettes and driving systems vary across continents such as the USA and Europe.  However, even countries within close vicinity to each other such as France and Spain, have subtle differences which need to be researched before heading on your travels.

It’s not just about driving on the other side of the road which needs to be thought through. There are also rules over how to operate vehicles and how to approach traffic lights.

In Spain and other European countries, Lorries often flash their indicators if it is safe to overtake, whereas on British roads this would rarely occur.

Similarly, some countries use traffic lights as a supplementary traffic calming measure – only stopping at red lights if it is vital to do so (because of oncoming traffic or an obstruction). In the UK, driving through a red light even if there are no other road users would constitute a driving offence.

We’ve gathered some key road rules for a few of the countries to be aware of.

France

Drive on the right

•Traffic on the right-hand side has priority in built-up areas

• Bus lanes can only be used by buses, bicycles and taxis

•All children under 10 years of age must use a child seat

• Warning triangles, breathalysers and reflective jackets must be kept in vehicles at all times

USA

• Drive on the right

• Traffic on the left-hand side has priority on a roundabout

• School buses should not be overtaken

• Do not leave the vehicle if stopped by the police

• Seat belt laws differ between states so check this before departing

Italy

• Drive on the right

• Certain historical areas of Italy cannot be driven in – check these prior to your journey

• All children under 3 years of age or less than 150cm in height must be seated in an appropriate child seat

• Warning triangles and reflective jackets must be kept in vehicles at all times

• Motorway speeds are capped at 80mph (130km/h) unless otherwise stated

UK

• Drive on the left

• Drivers on the right-hand side have priority on roundabouts

• Give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings

• All children under 3 years of age or less than 135cm in height must be sat in a suitable car seat

• Overtaking must be completed using the outer, right-hand lane

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Turkey and popular food culture

Turkey has been home to some of the world’s greatest civilisations. For example, the countries capital Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople and before that Byzantium, is one of the world’s largest and most stunning cities. Alongside its history, the country is also home to some of the world’s most extraordinary food. It is a county that knows all about fresh, home cooked cuisine.

We have highlighted a few of our favourites below!

Turkish kebabs

Of course, you can’t go to Turkey and not try a kebab. These are not your average high street kebabs, rather a fresh seasoned wrap filled with vegetables and delicious sauces.

There are lots of different types of kebabs to choose from including the ‘Urfa’ and ‘Adana’; both of which involve spiced meat on skewers being cooked on a flame grill. They are always delicious, especially when served with a Turkish salad and some rice.

 Seafood

In coastal regions of Turkey, each night, the seafront becomes an open air restaurant, lined with fishermen reeling in fresh fish. Their catch is then cooked up on the spot seasoned and served with fresh bread and salad.

For some seafood specialities, try Pazıda Levrek, which includes sea bass cooked in chard leaves. If you are looking to eat with the locals, a popular Turkish fast food dish includes Eminonu, grilled fish served in bread seasoned with herbs and salad to make the most delicious sandwich.

Something Sweet

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, then you need to try out the well-known Baklava. Made with layers of phyllo pastry, filled with pistachio, walnuts and honey, turkish desserts incorporate this treat into a lot of their dishes so be sure you try it out on your culinary tour of the country!

 

Turkey

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Taking a culinary tour of Turkey

To ensure you get to try all the tastes of Turkey, pick up your car on arrival to get around. Giving you the freedom to travel across this wonderful country, you’ll get to sample all the different food on offer. Each region has a different speciality that has to be sampled and with your own transport you can take the time needed to savour every mouthful.

For more information take a look at the official Tourism Portal of Turkey to learn more about their exciting cuisine and other attractions.

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Why we love to blog

At Avis, we really do try harder. We pioneered blogging in the car rental world and we aim to make our blog much more than just an information source. You can use our blog to ask questions or tell us what’s important to you when you hire a car. We try harder because we care what you think, so we really do value your feedback.

New to car rentals? Our blog gives you tips and advice on getting the most out of your Avis car hire experience. You can find information about booking and hiring your car, safety tips, and eco driving. We also provide driving advice and the latest news about our fleet.

We understand that hiring a car is just one part of your trip, so our blog covers other aspects of holiday and business travel too. Whether you want to know more about business travel hire conditions, access to location and city guides or ideas for families travelling with children, it’s all here.

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