If you’re considering traveling internationally, then you want to ensure you have all your bases covered. At GoCar Tours, we’ve seen clients do everything from forget their passport to not show up early enough to the airport for their flight. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you prepare for your international vacation. Get a business card from your hotel as soon as you check in You may think you’re not going to get lost in your new city, but you may be surprised. Even if you know exactly where your hotel is, you may need to hire a taxi to get you there. Don’t assume that the driver will speak English. Just show them the business card and they can see exactly where you need to go. Make sure your passport really expires when you think it does If you look at the expiration date that shows on your U.S. passport, you may be mistaken about what it means. In this country, you can use that passport right up until the date it expires. However, there are countries that won’t let you enter their country if your passport expires within six months. If your passport is expiring within the next six to nine months, it’s smart to just go ahead and have it renewed. Alert your financial institutions about every country you’ll be visiting These days, most people know that they need to let their credit card issuers and bank know that they’re going out of town. However, the mistake they often make is to only mention their destination countries. Are you going to have a significant layover in another country? Even if it’s a short layover, remember that your plane could be delayed. You want to ensure that you can use your cards without issue. Make…

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The right place for any particular person to vacation varies based on their personal preferences, budget, a host of other factors. That said, at GoCar Tours, we truly believe that a trip to Barcelona is a great choice for a wide variety of people. Here are just six reasons to visit this Spanish paradise. 1. The weather is mild throughout the year Barcelona’s location means that the climate is relatively mild all year long. The coldest months are December, January, and February, and the warmest month is August, but even during these “extreme” months, the weather is better than in most other places you might visit. 2. Barcelona has incredible beaches Barcelona is a coastal city with access to miles and miles of beaches to the north. The most visited beach in Barcelona is actually separated into six smaller beaches, which means that whichever one you visit is likely to be a great spot. 3. There’s so much to do Barcelona seems to always have an art exhibit, special event, conference, or theater event going on. There is always something to do, whether it’s visiting the GSM World Mobile Congress or stopping by the Picasso Museum. 4. The food The cuisine in Barcelona is Catalan, which means there are a lot of fresh veggies, delicious breads, grains, and olive oil. You can find restaurants offering everything from seafood to vegetarian meals to tapas, which are small plates of food that are shared with the table. 5. The nightlife Though most people know New York City as “the city that never sleeps,” the same is often said of Barcelona. It’s possible to find a bar or club open at any time of the day or night. The hippest areas to spend an evening include Port Olimpico and Old Town. 6. The…

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When you think about touring Barcelona, what comes to mind? Do you want to take in the best shopping destinations? Do you want to check out the beach? Do you have just an hour and want to take in as much as possible in your short time? No matter what your goals are, you can count on GoCar Tours Barcelona tour options to cover what you’re looking for. The list of attractions we have prepared for you is long and exciting Virtually anything you want to see or do in Barcelona can be covered with our tours. Start at the city center and then check out the world-famous beaches. Take a trip to the incredible and huge Diagonal Mar mall, or visit the Montjuic Olympic Park where the 1992 Olympic Games were held. You can create our own GoCar tour as short as a single hour or you can take up the whole day. Just a partial list of attractions available include: Arc de Triomf Sagrada Familia La Pedrera Casa Battlo Placa Catalunya Las Ramblas Port Vell Barceloneta Beach Port Olympic Beach Mar Bella Beach  Forum   Banys   Diagonal Mar Shopping Mall   Telefonica Tower   Museu Blau   Rambla Poble Nou   Poble Nou Cemetery   Parc Cuitadella   Gracia   Parc Guell   Tibidabo   Torre Bellesguard   Sarria   Pedralbes Monastery   Dragon’s Gate   Guell Pavilions   FC Barcelona   Diagonal You can select a pre-made tour too You can choose the sites on your tour, or, if you’re new to Barcelona or simply have a single thing to do in mind, then we can design the tour for you. Some of our more popular options include the FC Barcelona Special that includes tickets to visit the Camp Nou, the Beach & Shopping Tour that…

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If you’re thinking of traveling to California, then you’re likely wondering when the best time to visit is. At GoCar Tours, we offer tours of San Diego and San Francisco – two of our favorite cities in the state – but today we’re going to focus on San Francisco. Fall is likely your best time to visit San Francisco Many potential travelers are surprised to learn that arguably the best time to visit San Francisco is September, October, or November. These months have some of the warmest temps of the entire year, and the crowds are much smaller than they are in summer. The lower crowds mean it’s easier to get around and tour San Francisco, but it also means you’re more likely to find deep discounts on everything from hotels to museum passes. Spring is a second best choice If fall doesn’t work for you, then spring is likely the second best choice. The temperatures will be mild, there will be relatively little rain, and the crowds will still be relatively small. You’ll like see many of the discounts you’d see in the fall too. Summer can be tricky Of course, families with school-age children or adults who work in the education system likely don’t have much choice – they must travel in summer. It’s likely not a surprise that there is a huge surge of tourism in the summer. People come from around the country – and the world – to take in the sites and spend a day at the beach. Unfortunately, these crowds can be a lot for some people to deal with. Additionally, the weather can be an issue. Summer is the month with the most rain by far, which means days at the beach or wandering the city can be ruined. Of course, you’ll…

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There are countless things to see and do when you’re in Lisbon, and everyone’s priorities will be different. However, at GoCar Tours we’ve narrowed it down to six things we think everyone should do when they head out to tour Lisbon. 1. Tram 28 When you think of visiting San Francisco, you likely think of the cable cars, and when you think of London you likely think of double decker buses. Tram 28 is the equivalent for Lisbon. The trams used today were the same ones that have been used since World War II so you’re not going to get a smooth trip but you will experience a taste of history. 2. Alfama It’s true that Alfama is a hilly neighborhood and you’ll certainly get a workout walking through it, but you’ll also get some of the best pictures of historic Lisbon, with cobblestone streets and quaint shops. 3. Belem This historic neighborhood has some of the best and most incredible museums, monuments, and even some of the best tarts in the city! Couple that with the scenic gardens and you can see why this is a must-visit while you’re in Lisbon. 4. Santa Justa Elevator If snagging incredible pictures is part of your trip plan then you won’t want to miss the Santa Justa Elevator. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the best place to get a perfect picture of the Baixa neighborhood, St. George’s Castle, and Rossio Square. The elevator itself is more than 100 years old and is still powered by steam. 5. National Tile Museum This may seem like a strange pick in a city that’s so full of history and unique sites, but once you’re in Lisbon, you’ll realize that much of the unique style of this city comes from the vibrant ceramic tiles that…

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If there’s one thing you can say about everyone on the GoCar Tours team, it’s that we love to travel! In fact, we’re in the business of bringing exciting tours to our clients in cities across the world. As 2017 kicks off, we’re keeping an eye on some of the best places to vacation. Here are four that we’re keeping our eye on but we’ll see how our plans develop as the year goes on. 1. San Francisco, California, USA There’s so much to love about San Francisco, from its temperate climate, historical aspects, beautiful skies, incredible ocean, landmarks, and the hills that wind through truly unique neighborhoods. Of course, if you want to make the most of it, you’ll need to book your San Francisco tour from GoCar Tours. 2. Rome, Italy Rome has something for everyone. Some of the oldest buildings in the world are there, visitors can take in incredible religious icons, the food scene is incredible, and the lifestyle is laid back. While it is one of the more expensive European cities to visit, those who have the money say it’s not to be missed. 3. Lisbon, Portugal If you want to visit Europe but you don’t want to spend a fortune, then a trip to Lisbon, Portugal may be a great choice. It’s a food lover’s dream and there’s culture for days. Many people who’ve visited have said that it’s a city that you truly need days to experience. If you want to get the most sites in the most convenient way, don’t forget that GoCar Tours offers rides here as well. 4. Chicago, Illinois, USA Chicago is smack dab in the middle of the United States and it has the sensibilities of both coasts. For those visiting in the summer, make sure not to…

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If you’re considering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Barcelona, then you’re likely wondering when the best time to go is. Some people consider only the weather, but, though weather is important, at GoCar Tours we think there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Here are some of the criteria we believe may be helpful to you. Weather wise If you tour Barcelona in late spring or the early part of summer, you’ll enjoy mild weather and sunny skies – though it can rain a lot, especially in April. June is warm and pleasant, but July and August can get very hot and be humid – even at night. In the winter, it’s true that it will be cooler and there is a decent chance of rain, but the temperatures don’t exactly get freezing. In September and October you’ll still looking for warm temps but thunderstorms are relatively common. Winter temperatures average in the 50s and it’s also likely to rain. Snow is very rare and when it does happen, it rarely sticks around for more than a few days. Crowd wise Barcelona is the most visited spot in Spain, and you’ll see other tourists no matter what time of year your visit. The summer months tend to be the busiest so experts recommend spring and fall as the best times to have decent weather but avoid shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. However, it’s best to avoid holidays as they can draw crowds as well. Price wise If you visit Barcelona in summer, you’re going to pay quite a bit – if you can even get a hotel. If you’re looking to stay an affordable place near the beach, it’ll be pretty much impossible to find in summer months. Prices start dropping and availability starts opening up around September. You’ll likely see…

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There’s no question that San Francisco is a unique city that people come from all over the world to visit. At GoCar Tours, we’ve worked hard to provide truly unique tours of this fine city. In fact, we offer two main options: Freestyle and self-guided group tours. Which one is best for you? The ins and outs of freestyle touring This option is best if your group has a free day and they want to come pick up their car at their leisure. All you have to do is give us a list of their names, let the group know that unique GoCar Tours are one of their options, and then each person can book their tour whenever it works for them. They’ll have an orientation video that will give them the basics, and they’ll be escorted right to their video. After that, they simply take off! This cost for San Francisco tour option varies based on how many in your group come for their tours and how long they stay out. This isn’t the right option if you want your group to all travel together because we won’t have the shop staffed to handle that type of group departure. The ins and outs of self-guided group tours If you have a group of fewer than 18 people, then our self-guided group may be the right choice for you. You’ll get a guaranteed departure time for your group and can all head out at the same time. If you have a smaller group, you’re able to depart from either one of our locations. You decide how long your tour will be – which means you get to control the cost. Do you want to stick to our award-winning route or choose your own? The choice is up to you! Note…

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Working moms have unique challenges when traveling. At GoCar Tours, we provide an easy way for families to tour some of the greatest cities in the world, but we wanted to provide a few extra tips this year for women who have to travel for work. Read on and then book your tour in one of the incredible cities we service. 1. Let go of the guilt Too often, women feel guilty traveling without their children – even if it’s for work. Remember that you’re working for the good of the entire family. You’re building a financial future and you’re setting a great example for your kids. You’re showing them what it means to work hard. 2. Involve the rest of your family in your schedule The more involved others are in the scheduling of your trip, the more they’ll likely support your trip. For example, if you’re traveling to San Diego, show them the hotel you’ll be staying in, the whale watching tour you’ll be on, and all the other tours you’re taking. They’ll get excited to be able to put a picture to the names of the places you’re traveling to, and you can ask them for help picking out souvenirs they can look forward to. 3. Let technology help not hinder your trip The great thing about today’s world is that technology can make your trip so much easier. Before you leave, take some family pictures you can look at when you start to miss them. Leave them with photos for the same purpose. You can also video call them so they can see your face and feel close to you. Even if you’re traveling overseas, there are free options like Skype and Whatsapp that let you keep in touch. 4. Consider turning it into a family…

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If you took a poll of everyone you know, you’d likely be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t want to visit Barcelona. Yet most of those people will never actually do it. Why? For many people, the answer is pretty simple: Money is in the way. At GoCar Tours we want everyone to see the world from our unique perspective. That’s why we’re here to offer some advice on how to travel for less in Barcelona. 1. Take advantage of the city’s public transportation system Barcelona’s metro system is excellent, easy to navigate, and can you get just about anywhere you’ll want to go. If you’re planning to make a lot of trips, think about investing in a ten-trip pass that brings the price down significantly. Just be aware of one thing: Not all the trains run all night. Many of them shut down at midnight, so be sure to check your schedule and plan accordingly. 2. Book your tickets for popular attractions online If you’re planning to visit popular attractions like La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera at Casa Mila, or Park Guell, there are three important reasons to book your tickets ahead of time. First, these sites regularly sell out. A ticket in advance guarantees your spot. Second, you get to skip the lines on the day of your visit. Third, they often cost less to book ahead of time. 3. Eat your tapas at lunch No trip to Spain would be complete without a belly full of tapas but they can get expensive as you continue to order tasty morsels. One of the best ways to get your fill is to find a tapas place with a set price for lunch. They’ll keep bringing you tapas until you ask them to stop. 4. Spend less but get…

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