When you’re traveling internationally, there’s no shortage of advice your friends and family are going to give you. Some of it will be good, and some of it you may want to skip. However, you do want to take travel advice from those who’ve made a career out of traveling. GoCar Tours is here today to provide you with some of the simplest yet most important travel tips you’ll you’ve read. Patience is the most important thing you can take with you No matter how much you plan, no matter how many reservations you make, it’s not going to all go as planned. The key isn’t to make everything come off flawlessly – the key is to be patient and go with the flow. Is your plane delayed? Walk around the airport and find some unique items you’ve never seen before. Is the ATM out of order? Go on an adventure to find one in the nearest town. Become an early bird One of the biggest mistakes people make is to sleep in on vacation. Sure, it’s fine to do for a day or two, but if you want to get the most out of your sightseeing hours, then you want to get up as early as possible. Not only will you have incredible light to take incredible photos, but you’ll have most attractions virtually to yourself while other travelers sleep in. Meet the locals You can take all the group tours you want – and we recommend that you do – but make sure you’re also getting out there to know the locals. They’ll have tips on the latest restaurants that have opened, or how to avoid lines and crowds at some of the most popular attractions. If you travel internationally and only meet other travelers then you’re missing…

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At GoCar Tours, we believe that if you’re visiting one of the five fabulous cities we serve, you should stop by and take advantage of our storytelling cars. Of course, we’re a bit biased – so check out these four reasons that we think this is a great choice for individuals, groups of all sizes, and anyone who wants to see a unique side of the city they’re visiting. 1. You can put away your guidebook and fold up your map Who wants to spend a trip reading a guidebook, or with their nose stuck in a map, or their eyes glued to their phone’s GPS? How much do you really see of what’s going on around you when you’re in these positions? Our unique cars are guided by GPS so you can simply take off and enjoy your surroundings without worrying about a thing. 2. You can visit incredible landmarks and much more Our tours are custom designed and will take you past all the landmarks you’ve heard about, but they can also take you through incredible, vibrant neighborhoods, through sweeping scenery, and around every bend they’ll tell you the rich stories of everywhere you go. 3. See the city from a local’s perspective – or from your own One of the things that was really important to us when we were creating the tours for GoCar Tours was ensuring that our clients had lots of choices. As a result, you can hop on one of our tours that takes you through the city from a local’s perspective, or you can choose your own path and create your own adventure. It’s all up to yours! 4. Our tours suit everyone Do you want to take off and explore Lisbon for a day? Or do you want to spend just…

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As far as we’re concerned, any way you see Madrid is a great way to see Madrid. However, we know that a lot of people who’ve never traveled to this fine city have a lot of questions before they come. One of the most common is whether to stay in a hostel or hotel. Both have their advantages – it all just depends on what you want out of your accommodations. What to expect from a Madrid hostel The cost of a hostel room will vary based on what time of year you’re visiting, whether you want to stay in a dorm-style or a private room, and how close to the city center it is. Generally speaking, you can expect to spend anywhere from 12 – 25 Euros a night for a dorm-style hostel and between 25 – 65 Euros for a private, double room. In most cases, you can expect Wifi to be included in the price and a lot of hostels also include breakfast. What to expect from a Madrid budget hotel You should expect to pay a minimum of 40 Euros per night for a Madrid budget hotel, though the minimum could be as high as 100 Euros during certain times of the year. Generally speaking, you’ll get the best prices anytime except summer. Most hotels have free Wifi and breakfasts are often included. Which is better – hostel or hotel? Now that you have the basics, you’re still wondering: Should I stay in a hostel or hotel in Madrid? There are a few factors to consider. First of all, how many people are you traveling with? If you’re going to Madrid with a group, then you’re likely better off getting a few hotel rooms. While most European hotels do have an extra charge for extra people,…

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Traveling with a group of friends or family can be a great time but it’s also a recipe for disaster if you don’t go over a few things before you take off. Here are six things to check in about and make sure you’re on the same page before you head out on your group vacation. Are you checking bags? If there’s just one person who’s checked a bag, others may get irritated waiting around to pick it up. Find out what everyone’s thoughts are on packing versus bringing a carry on. Do you know the weight limits of your allowed bags? We hear horror stories all the time of groups who spent more than an hour trying to figure out how to get everyone’s bag under the weight limits. Check the limits and your bag’s actual weight before you take off. Do you know what we’ll need to wear? Go over your planned activities not just so everyone knows what you’re doing, but so everyone has the right clothes. For example, you’ll want shorts and a t-shirt for site-seeing in Madrid, but nicer clothes for the four-star restaurant you’ll be visiting for dinner. How much time will we spend together? Depending on the size of your group, there’s a good chance not everyone will want to do the same thing. As a result, consider breaking into groups during the day so everyone gets to do what they want to – and doesn’t have to do what they don’t want to. Do you know the money situation? You’re going to need money as soon as you arrive. If the currency is different then you’ll need some ahead of time – your bank should have some on hand. You’ll also need to understand the tipping policies of the location you’re visiting….

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There’s so much to love about California – so much, in fact, that it can be challenging to decide which city to spend your time in. If you were going on a vacation and had infinite time to spend in this lovely state, then you may visit a dozen or more cities, but if you’re like most people, you need to narrow it down. Here are a few of the most popular places to visit and some of the things you may enjoy doing there. San Diego If you’re traveling with a group of people who have differing ideas of what they want to do in California then San Diego may be the right choice for your group. This golden city has everything within an hour’s drive, from beaches to desert to mountains to Mexico. With a world-class zoo, lots of history, and plenty of shopping and eating options, it’s truly a mash of everything that’s great about this state. Los Angeles If Hollywood is what you have in mind then only Los Angeles will do. There are a few disadvantages to the casual traveler (most notably the traffic) and a trip to L.A. is going to be expensive. That said, you can’t beat it for celebrity watching and it’s just a short drive to take the family to Disneyland. San Francisco If your idea of a perfect California vacation involves site-seeing, experiencing foods you’ve never heard of, relaxing, learning about history, and taking in some of the most beautiful sites in the world, then a trip to San Francisco may be what’s in order. From nightlife to early morning yoga, this is a city that brings together people from all over the world. Mt. Shasta If a small-town feel is more your style, then the foot of Mt. Shasta…

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There is always something to do in San Diego, from the incredible beaches to the numerous museums, from the picturesque mountain views to the short drive into the desert. Despite the all-year round activities, we still recommend that your trip to San Diego include some of these amazing upcoming events. No matter your interests, there’s sure to be something that will excite you. Restaurant week happens twice a year For one week every January and one week every September, San Diego takes part in an incredible restaurant week. More than 180 restaurants participate, and each one features a unique menu that’s designed to give diners a chance to sample some of the most innovative and incredible food coming out of San Diego – but for a fraction of the regular price. The Rock and Roll marathon If running is your hobby, then you don’t want to miss the Rock and Roll marathon. Held every June, this marathon attracts thousands of people. Those who participate run the full marathon with a different rock band about every mile. If you’re going to run 26+ miles, you might as well get an incredible rock concert in the process! San Diego Comicon Those who are fans of comic books and / or pop culture don’t want to miss San Diego’s Comicon. Though it started as a small, simple convention for comic book lovers, it’s become the largest convention of its type in the country. Now actors from the most popular TV shows and the biggest Hollywood movies make an appearance. Panel discussions include the most famous names in the business, and there are celebrity signings, advance copies of comic books, screenings, and a lot more! Bay and Wine Food Festival If you like a glass of vino with your dinner then the San Diego…

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Before GoCar, there were no GPS-guided storytelling cars in the world. We brought this technology to a number of cities because we know that it’s the best way to see some of the greatest cities in the world – and our repeat customers agree! You must experience it for yourself While we’re happy to tell you what the press has said about our innovative cars, the reality is that the best way to see what the buzz is all about is to book your GoCar Tour. The press has talked about us, our customers have raved about us, and we were even named one of the most amazing inventions of the year by prestigious Time Magazine. To put it simply: We are providing exceptional services to our clients. You have a lot of options One of the things that makes our tour opportunities so unique is that you have tons of options. You might choose to ride for almost 50 miles down the most crooked street in the entire world, or perhaps you want to drive by homes occupied by some of the richest and most famous people in the world. GoCar Tours can do that for you. You can decide how much time you’ll spend In our San Francisco tour alone, we have more than 200 points of interest. You can see as many of these or as few as you want. You simply plug in the things you’d like to see, and the car will not only direct you how to get there, but it will fill you in on insider details for the entire ride. You decide on the pace of your tour One of the most common complaints people have about their group tours is that the pacing is all wrong. In some cases, they don’t…

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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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