Renting a Car in Honolulu?

Renting a Car in Honolulu?

Will You Need A Rental Car in Hawaii?
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Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Is there a difference in reserving a rental car here or when we land in Honolulu? Any rental companies you’d recommend or avoid?

A: Internet before you arrive!

Check each Rental Car Company WEBSITE for best deal! They run 24 hour cycles for car rentals, so if possible arrange your pickup and drop off in 24 hour increments. You can also get a deal on week long rental if you’ll be there that long. Also, you’ll get better rates away from the airport rental office (you won’t pay airport fees), so if they have another location rent from them. (they might even offer delivery to your hotel and you can usually get a free shuttle from the airport)

NOTE: Each company’s rates and availability vary wildly depending on what events are happening, the day of the week, the weather, “hotel block” specials and many other factors, so reserve ahead of time VIA TELEPHONE (not the internet) if possible and always get a confirmation number and the name, employee number and direct phone number of the employee you booked the reservation with.

AAA offers discounts, join the rental car company “customer card” loyalty program before searching for rates (they always offer upgrades and discounts) and check with the hotel for a package deal/discount or free rental! You probably don’t need additional insurance coverage, but check with your own car insurance company and make sure you are covered when driving a rental car in the destination location! If you have travel insurance, that may also cover you. Check and see if the resort fee at the hotel covers parking too.

They also may try to sell you GPS and additional upgrades, add-on services or amenities with your basic rental. Buyer beware! Do you need that GPS or can you just use your smartphone? It’s a lot of fun to have a convertible or a jeep, but how much more will it cost and how much driving will you really be doing on Oahu? Remember to figure the cost of fuel into your budget and the higher gas prices in Hawaii!

NOTE: Once you’ve found the best deal for a rental car, check and see about package deals/vacation companies that will save you money with a bundled “air-hotel-rental car” package or consult a travel advisor for additional service and a price quote.

Plan ahead! Make your reservation well in advance and watch for any specials that might be offered after you reserve (they’ll usually allow you to change to the lowest rate). Be sure to plan your connection from the airport to the rental car company location, most offer free shuttles, or you can arrange other transport. It’s always best to do your research and make your arrangements and reservations prior to arrival.

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Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

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It’s a MILESTONE! When we started this Blog in February 2013 we wondered how long it would take to reach the milestone numbers. We have finally reached 25000, without any paid promotion or heavy marketing. In fact, beyond our facebook and Twitter posts, we have let our Blog grow organically without hype and have attracted loyal readers from around the world!

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Sunday 24 April 2016 is the day we hit 25000 Hits on our Blog!!!!!

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Another Terrorist Attack! Brussels, Belgium

Another Terrorist Attack!

Brussels, Belgium – Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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The Brussels Airport and Metro are CLOSED due to a Terrorist Bombing!

More than thirty-four people have been killed and 212 injured, after explosions struck Brussels during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Two bomb blasts hit the “Great Hall” Departures Hall of Brussels-National Zaventem International Airport (BRU) and another exploded in Maelbeek Metro Station. Belgium has issued a Level 4 alert, denoting “serious and imminent attack”: the Airport and Metro are closed and the city and the border with France is currently locked down.

Authorities Reportedly Seeking Man In Photo on the Far Right:

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These are the Suspects in the Brussels Airport Terror Attack

Brussels-National Airport is an international airport 6 NM northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 2015, more than 23 million passengers arrived or departed at Brussels Airport, making it the 21st busiest airport in Europe.

From the Brussels Airport website: http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/

Brussels Airport extends its deepest sympathy to the friends and relatives of the victims of the explosions in the departures hall earlier this morning. At 8am two explosions occurred in the departures hall. The emergency and rescue services are on the scene and are offering the necessary assistance. All flights at Brussels Airport today are cancelled. Passengers are requested to contact their airline for further instructions.

The airport authorities are asking to avoid the surroundings of the airport.
Questions about family or friends at the airport? Call (0032) (0)2/753 73 00

All flights have been diverted.
The airport will remain closed Wednesday March 23.

UPDATE: 2 suitcase bombs exploded in Brussels attacks and a 3rd failed to detonate.
Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel and federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw held a press conference on the attacks in Brussels. Van Leeuw confirmed two of the three men seen in the surveillance photo at the airport are “likely” (deceased) suicide bombers and authorities are actively looking for the third man photographed.
Major cities across the United States have increased security at transit hubs in wake of the attacks in Belgium. The Department of Homeland Security will also announce additional federal plans to tighten security.
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OTHER RECENT TERROR ATTACKS:

March 13: Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast
March 13: Ankara, Turkey
March 16: Maiduguri, Nigeria
March 19: Istanbul, Turkey

Justice for the Victims! Never Forget! Peace & Love!

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And on a lighter note…

Watching President Obama & family watch baseball in Havana, Cuba on ESPN!
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Saved Periscope videos on Katch now on YouTube!

UP PERISCOPE! HELLO PERISCOPE!

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MARCH 2016

Hard Rain! Thunder & Lightning
Thunder, Lightning & Rain!

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Ride With Me To North Hollywood
Going to the Beach: Malibu Beach Walk With Me
Going to the Beach: Topanga Cyn to the Sea  Ride With Me

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Thursday Afternoon at Malibu Beach

Saturday Midnight on Mulholland
Sherman Oaks Galleria
Hey Monday!
Monday 4:20 Good Morning!

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Sunrise at Stonehenge @thehistoryguy

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Sunrise at Stonehenge @thehistoryguy #Dronehenge

Sunrise at Stonehenge LIVE: Dan Snow @thehistoryguy and an expert on site with one camera inside the stone circle and one drone camera up in the air!

FEBRUARY 2016

Rockin’ Blues
More Rockin’ Blues
Even More Rockin’ Blues

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John Németh Blues Band at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

Cop Stop NOHO
Friday In The Park
Wednesday Walkin The Dog In The Park take 2
Walkin The Dog In The Park pt 1 and pt 2
Getting Burgers at the Habit Grill

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Double CharBurger with Cheese from The Habit Grill

Midnight Thoughts At 1am
Los Encinos Park With The Dog
It’s Friday! BangTheDrum
Going to NOHO Ride With Me Down Ventura Blvd
Walkin Lake Balboa Park pt 1
Tuesday Afternoon in Lake Balboa Park pt 2
Full Moon Saturday Night Live In The SFV

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Full Moon Over the San Fernando Valley

Friday! Bang The Drum!
Scrambled Eggs
Untitled (My First Scope!)

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The Who LIVE in Toronto with @Concertaholics

 

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Gyro-copter Over Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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New York City Sunset from The Empire State Building with @GeoffGolberg

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Rooftop Sunset Over Downtown Los Angeles

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Noise and Air Traffic Complaint (to the FAA) part 3

Noise and Air Traffic Complaint (to the FAA & Congressman Brad Sherman) part 3

Dear Paul Penner, FAA David J. Moss, FAA and Brad Sherman, US Congressman

This was taken at 540pm on Tuesday June 9th. This is the third jet in an less than an hour to fly low over my house and neighborhood in Encino. There are flights like this all day, everyday!!!
I DEMAND THAT YOU STOP ALL PRIVATE JET FLIGHTS OVER THE VALLEY!!! Shut down Van Nuys and Santa Monica Airports before a tragedy occurs.
The constant overflights are an invasion into people’s privacy and the quiet enjoyment of their homes and neighborhoods.
Another Low Flying Private Jet! Third one in less than an hour.

Another Low Flying Private Jet! Third one in less than an hour. 6-9-2015 at 540pm

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NOTE: The red and white Fire Rescue Helicopter (the really loud one) and the silver blue Police Helicopter both buzzed the house and neighborhood earlier today as well.

UPDATED Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8pm: Two commercial jets in the last half hour!

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Commercial Jet flying into LAX at 8pm on 6-9-2015

And then another at 8:35pm!

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Jet flying into LAX 6-9-2015 at 835pm

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Finger of Shame! Low flying helicopter buzzing the neighborhood.

Finger of Shame! Low flying helicopter buzzing the neighborhood.

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Bomber overhead! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Bomber overhead! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Noise and Air Traffic Complaint (to the FAA) part 2

Noise and Air Traffic Complaint (to the FAA) part 2
Posted on Sunday May 2015

Today SEVEN World War II vintage Fighter Planes heading north and a private Gulfstream Jet without markings heading west and then turning north flew low and LOUD over my house and the neighborhood.

NOTE: I’ve found complaining to the local FAA district office is pointless. There is absolutely no follow up from the FAA bureaucracy beyond sending the complaining party a “form e-mail”. There is too much air traffic over inhabited space in Southern California. The regulations governing air traffic over Los Angeles must be reviewed and rewritten before a significant tragedy (AN AIR DISASTER or CRASH IN A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT) occurs!

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I am writing to complain about NOISE and AIR TRAFFIC over the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (Encino) due to low flying airplanes, both commercial and private, and helicopters! In particular, low flying private jets flying into and out of VAN NUYS and SANTA MONICA. Private jets and helicopters, both public and private, pass over my house and neighborhood creating tremendous noise and drowning out all other sound. This happens everyday. It’s time to fix this problem!

Here is a new collection of recent incidents, captured on my iPhone:

Finger of Shame! Low flying helicopter buzzing the neighborhood.

Finger of Shame! Low flying helicopter buzzing the neighborhood.

LAFD helicopter is the loudest and most frequent noise violator!

LAFD helicopter is the loudest and most frequent noise violator!

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Helicopter to the Sun (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Helicopter to the Sun (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

NOTE: These pics are taken from my backyard. I often hear the noise, but by the time I can grab my phone and get outside, the fast moving planes and helicopter have already passed over and out of picture range.

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Noise and Air Traffic Complaint to the FAA part 1

To FAA.gov (via Van Nuys FSDO website):

I am writing to complain about NOISE and AIR TRAFFIC over the SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (Encino) due to low flying airplanes, both commercial and private, and helicopters! In particular, low flying private jets flying into VAN NUYS and SANTA MONICA. This morning two private jets passed over my house creating tremendous noise and drowning out all other sound. This happens everyday. It’s time to fix this problem.

Updated: Sunday 15 March 2015 at noon. Just another routine fly over the neighborhood.

Helicopter in the sky (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Helicopter in the sky (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel) – taken with iPhone in my backyard

Updated 7 April 2015. Added three more pics:

Airshow in Palmdale/Lancaster means lots of old timey planes flying in and out of Van Nuys Airport. This silver Cold War era Boeing B-29 “Superforce” Bomber flew low over the house four times over the weekend and it’s four propellor engines are very loud. In addition, there was a squad of four German World War II vintage planes that buzzed the neighborhood during the week.

Bomber overhead! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Boeing B-29 “Superfortress” Bomber overhead! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Another day, another helicopter buzzing the backyard.

A beautiful day for a helicopter! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A beautiful day for another helicopter! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

4-7-15 2:30pm – just another Lear Jet into the Sun out of Santa Monica:

Lear Jet into the Sun (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Lear Jet into the Sun (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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IT’S NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK!

NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK is May 3-11, 2014

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The first week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, established by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983.

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Visitors Center – Lee Vining, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies. Each year, localized events are presented in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.

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This year’s theme is “Travel Effect”:

This theme aligns with the current industry-wide campaign to prove the benefits of travel.

Research studies on travel’s positive effect on relationships, health, education, meetings and more, provide opportunities to tailor messaging about the impact of travel. Access current economic impact data, including a state-by-state interactive map, to spotlight the Travel Effect in your area.

In 2014, Travel Effect will broaden its focus to examine America’s “Day Off Deficit” and explore what it could mean to individuals, businesses and the economy if U.S. workers were motivated to use more of the time off they’ve earned and deserve. Stay tuned for new research in the coming weeks.

Champion the Benefits of Travel! Travel Rally Day is Tuesday, May 6! 

Travel Rally Day is a concerted effort to demonstrate travel’s positive impact on local workers, businesses and economies – and, of course, on personal lives of travelers. Individual events are staged in cities nationwide during National Travel and Tourism Week.

The goal of Rally Day is to unite the local travel community with its supporters and publicly represent the importance of travel to media and elected officials.

Join the conversation by following @USTravel, #NTTW and #TravelEffect.

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SOME VERY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY!

LEISURE TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $564 billion in 2011.

■ Spending on leisure travel generated $86 billion in tax revenue.

■ 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (77%).

■ U.S. residents logged 1.5 billion person-trips for leisure purposes in 2011.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1) visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4) fine dining; and (5) beaches.

BUSINESS TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $249 billion in 2011.

■ ME&I travel accounted for $99 billion of all business travel spending.

■ U.S. residents logged 458 million person-trips for business purposes in 2011, with more than one-third (36%) for meetings and events.

■ For every dollar invested in business travel, businesses benefit from an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and $3.80 in new profits.

(Person-trip defined as one person trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or a day or overnight trip 50 miles one-way or more from home.)

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

■ In 2011, international traveler spending (export receipts) totaled $153 billion and travel spending abroad by Americans totaled $110 billion (travel import payments), creating a trade surplus of $43 billion in favor of the U.S.

■ The U.S.received 62.3 million international arrivals in 2011. Of those, approximately 27.9 million were from overseas markets and 34.4 million were from Canada and Mexico.

■ The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.4% (down from 7.5% in 2000).

■ International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs and wages of $28.5 billion.

■ Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,300 when they visit the U.S. and stay on average more than 17 nights.

■ Overseas arrivals represent 45% of all international arrivals, yet account for 78% of total international travel receipts.

■ Greatest challenges facing international visitors: burdensome visa process; unwelcoming entry experience.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for overseas visitors: (1) shopping; (2) dining; (3) city sightseeing; (4) visiting historical places; and (5) amusement/theme parks.

9th Annual Travel & Adventure Show - Long Beach Convention Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output. It is the voice for the collective interests of the U.S. travel industry and the association’s 1,400 member organizations. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.

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