Planning a photography trip to Europe? It’s tempting to rely on public transit for city hopping, but as a landscape photographer, it’s rarely an option. Luckily, renting a car is incredibly affordable if you do some research.
If you’re going for architecture or urban photography, public transit is a great way to cut out the stress of renting and driving a car, but if you want to discover unique landscapes, you should plan to pick up a rental. Landscapes within easy reach of public transit tend to be overrun by selfie-snapping tourists.
Driving in a new country is itself challenging, and picking up the rental without getting ripped off can be incredibly frustrating after a sleep-deprived flight. My first time renting overseas in Scotland, I was caught off-guard at the counter and ended up paying double what I had anticipated.
In the five years since that first photography trip, I’ve learned more about overseas car rentals than I cared to know. Thankfully, all those hours on the phone with my credit card company and researching Collision Damage Waiver benefits have paid off by the thousands. When I was in my first overseas accident mid-trip last year, I was able to continue with my existing travel plans. Once the dust settled, I was only out $100 or so for some foreign exchange fees.
This vlog covers a lot of the details about insurance and credit card CDW coverage I wish I had known five years ago, and hopefully, it will save you a few surprises. Combined with a handful of other money-saving tricks, international travel can be incredibly affordable.