Lisbon is a destination that can be enjoyed all year long, thanks to the fact that it’s almost never too hot or too cold, but summer can be an especially lovely time to visit. August can be hit or miss, because it’s the one truly hot month of the year and many restaurants and bars will close down as employees run off to cooler shores, but other than those weeks, there’s nothing quite like a summer trip to Lisbon. Here are some of GoCar Tours best travel tips for visiting this lovely city. You can check out bullfighting through most of the summer Of course, many people feel uncomfortable about bullfighting, but one thing that may ease your mind is that in Lisbon the bull doesn’t get killed. If you want to check out this glitzy, glamorous, culturally rich experience you can do through September on most Sundays and Thursdays. Come in June for the largest street party in Lisbon Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon, in celebrated by a huge street party known as the Festas da Lisboa in the middle of June. You can expect parties on most streets, tons of weddings overseen by the mayor himself, and a huge parade down Avenida da Liberdade, the main street in Lisbon. Enjoy some jazz at an incredible museum If you wouldn’t even think of touring Lisbon without checking out some museums, don’t skip Lisbon’s Modern Art Museum. There you’ll find incredible art, glorious gardens, and jazz musicians performing every night in an open air auditorium. Cool off while waiting in line for the world’s best pastries Are the pastries at Pasteis de Nata really the best in the world? We haven’t tried every pastry in the world so we can’t say for sure, but we do know that…

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Most people know that Madrid is the largest city in Spain and they may even guess that Barcelona is the second most populated city in this fine country. What often comes as a surprise is the fact that Barcelona is actually one of the most populated cities in all of Europe. In fact, it’s the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, bar none. Read on to learn other unique facts about Barcelona. It’s an incredible vacation destination for younger crowds It’s no secret that Barcelona has some of the best art museums in the world and has some historical sites that will take your breath away. What may people don’t realize is that it’s also a great spot for the younger crowd. Not only are there a plethora of clubs, but many of them are open until 6 AM. Not to mention all the foodie destinations and unique options like taking a GoCar Tour. There’s one district where more than 20 languages are spoken If you want to have a truly multicultural experience without leaving Barcelona, head over to El Raval. In this single district, there are more than 20 languages spoken and everything is affected by the intense multiculturalism, from the food to the shopping to the nightlife.   Barcelona has its own Central Park equivalent You’d be hard pressed to find an American who hadn’t heard of Central Park in New York City, and the same is true of the Spanish and Parc de Citadella. This spot could easily double as a movie set and has one of the most beautiful fountains anywhere in the world. Take off in a row boat to experience this area like it was meant to be experienced. Fairytale adventures await Anyone who’s ever dreamed of walking through a fairy tale will feel…

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You’ve read all about GoCar Tours, you’ve read testimonials from our customers, you’ve checked out what the press has to say, but you’re still wondering about the details. You can always give us a call to sort out your options but we’re also happy to provide some of the basic information in this blog post. Remember that while these conditions and our cancellation policy should be honored at all of our locations, each one is individually owned and operated so further specifics will vary by location. What does the price of a GoCar Tour include? Each of our GoCars can hold one or two people. The prices you see listed on our website are not per-person – they’re per car. All you have to do is grab your bestie, a family member, or your significant other, and the price will essentially be split in half as you share a car. Can anyone rent a GoCar? You must be at least 21 years old to rent our GoCar. Of course, you can be a passenger if you’re not yet 21 but the driver – and the person responsible for the GoCar – must be at least 21. They must also have both a valid driver’s license and a major credit card – you do not need an international driver’s license if you’re visiting a location outside of the United States. Note that our cars cannot accommodate car seats so they’re not suited for young children. What happens if I damage the GoCar? These cars are very easy and fun to navigate but of course things do happen. You have the option of purchase insurance (Collision Damage Waiver) on the day that you rent your GoCar. For every rental, we do require a security deposit. This amount is held on your credit…

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If you’re headed out on vacation, especially to a foreign destination, then you may be wondering if it’s wise to hire a local tour guide. At GoCar Tours, we would argue that if you’re traveling to one of the five cities we serve, our group tours allow you to take off without a tour guide, yet get all the advantages having one. Read on to learn more about our unique tours and to see how we bring you the pros of a tour guide while avoiding the cons.   Pro: You get local knowledge Obviously, the main advantage of hiring a tour guide is that they’ll have lots of local knowledge. If you hire a certified professional guide, they’ll have gone through some type of training. In the best situations, tour guides are recruited from within the place you’re visiting so they should have good knowledge of not only spots to visit but culture and history. Of course, that’s all in a best-case-scenario. What we can tell you about our GoCar Tours is that our cars offer storytelling that lets you know everything you could want to know about each location you visit. Some tour guides may have much less knowledge than you’d expect. Pro: Tour guides can save you time When you hire a tour guide, they’ll know the best time of day to get to various locations, the best places to park, etc. Some will even make reservations for your group. While this is a big advantage, it’s not worth hiring a tour guide in and of itself. Saving some time is great, but not when it comes with all the disadvantages of hiring a tour guide. Con: You can get stuck with services you don’t want Many people who are tour guides have side jobs for local…

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If you’ve been keeping an eye on travel tips then you’ve likely seen the professionals offer the same tip over and over again: Pack light. But many people who are planning international trips to exciting destinations like Lisbon or Madrid believe that this type of trip requires a lot of luggage. At GoCar Tours, we’re here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are our best tips to help you pack light in your next vacation. Get everything you think you need in the same place Instead of slowing adding things you think you need to your suitcase or backpack, put it all on the living room floor. Once you’ve got everything you think you need, go to each item, pick it up, and ask yourself if you really need it. Ask yourself not just whether or not you’ll use it, but whether or not you’ll want to take it on a sightseeing trip to San Francisco, or wherever your destination is. It’s okay to be frugal – in fact, it’s a great attribute. However, it’s also important to think critically about that frugality. Do you want to carry around four cans of beans when you can simply buy them for less than a dollar where you’re going? Pack for the best-case scenario Many people are tempted to pack for the worst-case scenario. They think, “It may rain, I need an umbrella, it may be cold, I need a heavy winter coat.” Instead, think of the best scenario. Think, “I need to bring layers in case it gets a little chilly.” If you’re not sure, then leave it at home. Don’t make the mistake of packing deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc. when it can just as easily be bought in your destination. Remember that you…

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Barcelona is such an incredible city to visit. Many people who take off for this dream destination think of the big things to budget for but end up spending more than they anticipated because of costs they didn’t take into consideration. At GoCar Tours, we want you to have the best time possible and that’s why we’ve created some simple budgeting tips for a trip to Barcelona. Barcelona doesn’t have to be expensive Many people think of Barcelona as an expensive place to visit. It certainly can be, but for those who are on a budget, there are great discounts to be found. Compared to other cities on the Mediterranean coast, it’s not cheap but it’s not the most expensive either – and with all the food, activities, and history here, it’s well worth the cost. Expect to pay between $36 and $70 a day in Barcelona Those who stick to a bargain budget can expect to pay about $36 per day, while those who want a more luxurious experience can expect to pay about $70. Depending on how many are in your group and what your expectations are, this may be not much or it may seem astronomical. Remember that the following estimates don’t take into account the cost of actually getting to Barcelona. What the bargain price covers If you want to spend on the lower end of around $36 per day, we’re estimating that you’ll go on a free walking tour, visit one free site, get free breakfast in your hostel, eat street food, make your own dinner in your hostel or get something that’s cheap, and that you’ll purchase one beer and drink it in the park. We’re also estimating that you’ll choose the cheapest hostel bed and that you won’t spend any money on transportation…

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Most people can easily think of dozens of cities they’d love to visit, but as you consider your bucket list, make sure you take a look at the five reasons that everyone should visit San Francisco – and while you’re here, hop on an awesome storytelling tour of your own making! 1. The weather is amazing When people think of perfect California weather, they often think of Southern California but San Francisco actually has some great temps all year round. It’s cooler within the city than it is without, and fog is often present in the morning, which creates some truly unique photo opportunities.   2. The food is incredible You can find good food in most any city you visit, but San Francisco is such a diverse city that you can sample flavors from all over the world. Whether you want to go to a top-rated, fine dining establishment or eat from one of the most unique food trucks in the country, san Francisco has you covered. 3. Shop till you drop San Francisco’s Union Square is one of the biggest shopping neighborhoods in the entire country. Shopper can find some big-name shops like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Gap, and more. There are also some unique boutiques that offer the California flair tourists are searching for. 4. It’s so easy to get around Most of San Francisco is walkable, but if you feel like hopping on public transportation, you have that option too. The traffic can be bad, so we recommend that you use a San Francisco GoCar Tour to easily get to all the best spots within the city. 5. There’s so much to do There’s a seemingly unending list of things to do in San Francisco, whether you’re heading out to a Broadway shop, to see a…

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When you’re taking off on an international adventure, you want to find the most affordable way to get there and back so you can focus on amazing sightseeing tours, incredible accommodations, and delicious food. As a result, many people wonder: Is there really a “best time” to buy international plane tickets? Here at GoCar Tours, we’re here to share our experience. In short: It depends on where you’re going If you’re wondering how far in advance to buy your international plane tickets, the reality is that it varies based on where you’re going. For example, the best time to buy a ticket to a Latin American country like Brazil is 70 days before you’re traveling, while it’s best to buy a ticket for a trip to Lisbon 120 days before you want to travel. Season is important For the most part, you’re going to get cheaper flights if you travel in the offseason. However, there are some cases where this isn’t the case – mostly in less populated areas that may cut back on flights during slow times and therefore charge more for them. Most places people travel to though, will have their lowest prices during their slowest tourist time of the year. There are other factors The time of year you’re traveling and the day you buy your tickets are just two things that can affect your ticket prices. Another issue that can make a big difference is the size of your group. If you’re taking the entire family to Mexico and trying to book ten tickets at once, then you may see significantly higher prices than if you’re only trying to buy two tickets. Does this mean you should make eight of your favorite family members stay at home? Of course not – but it does mean that…

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A trip to San Diego is on the bucket list of most everyone in the world, yet many people know less about America’s city than they think. At GoCar Tours, we’ve come up with some really unique storytelling cars that give you the ability to learn while you sightsee but today we wanted to give you a few other facts we find most interesting.   The very first person to drive over the famed Coronado Bridge was then-actor Ronald Reagan in 1969. Cameron Diaz was born right here in San Diego. The runway at the San Diego International Airport is the busiest single runway airport in the entire country. Many people are shocked to fly in and see that the airport indeed has just a single airport. The average temperature year-round is 70 degrees. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t consider that pretty close to perfect weather! The oldest sailing ship in the world, The Star of India, is docked in San Diego. You can go aboard for tours or can check out movies played on its masts during summer months. May 29th has been officially dubbed Tony Hawk Day, after the famous skater who comes from Northern San Diego County. The mechanical lubrication WD-40 was invented in San Diego. It would be perfect if it were created in 1940, but it actually wasn’t invented until 1953. Fallbrook, an area just north of San Diego, is considered the avocado capital of the entire world. The larges wooden structure in the entire United States is the Hotel Del, located in Coronado. It’s also an incredible 128 years old. San Diego land once sold for just 27 cents an acre. This was way back in 1867 but with the high prices of properties, many locals wish they’d been around…

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Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it has a unique history you won’t find anywhere else. Visiting can be a life-changing experience, but it can also be intimidating to figure out what to do with your limited time in this fabulous city. At GoCar Tours, we’ve made it easy for you to get around but we want to make sure that everyone visiting knows about the five can’t miss destinations in Barcelona. 1. Catalan National Art Museum You haven’t seen art until you’ve seen the Catalan National Art Museum. If you’re a fan of the arts then you definitely need to check this out, but even those who swear they’re not at all interested in art will have an incredible time here. Walk through the many halls, take in centuries of history, and pick up some post cards of your favorite paintings in the gift shop. 2. Telefonica Tower It’s true that Barcelona has typically Spanish architecture but it’s also true that there are unique spots here that are the epitome of what you can expect from this city. The Telefonica Tower is one example of this. No matter how many pictures you’ve seen of it – or how many paintings of it you see at the Catalan National Art Museum – nothing will prepare you for seeing it in person. 3. A soccer One of the cool things about visiting Barcelona is that not only can you check out a soccer game, but you actually have a number of options available. The Camp Nou Stadium is incredible, but so is the Estadi Olimpico, which was built for the 1995 Olympic Games. Even if you’re not a sports fan, these are stadiums that are worth checking out. 4. Bar Thomas A trip to Barcelona…

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