Last summer, I had to rent a car for the first time. As it happened, my car was rear-ended one week before I went on vacation all the way across the country, so my car rental experiences happened in very quick succession. The first time, I ended up renting with Enterprise since they were recommended by my insurance company. The second time, in California, I used Budget because I had gift certificates I wanted to use up.
I was very pleased with Enterprise, but quite disappointed in Budget. If renting a car results in me standing around an airport car rental agency with two exhausted kids at midnight, screaming at the desk clerk because she's being about as unhelpful as a customer service agent can possibly be, I'm going to have to rate that as a Bad Experience (TM).
Too late, I discovered USA Car Rental, which is a service that allows you to compare and find the best prices on auto rentals in the United States. I bet they could have saved me some money on my trip last year, and I'm certainly going to keep them in mind next year when I travel to the west coast once more.
Last year, my friend's husband hired a stretch limo to take us to Atlantic City to celebrate her birthday. It was such a fun night - we had cake and cocktails on the ride down, spent a few hours playing craps and walking on the boardwalk, and then had a safe ride home in the wee hours of the morning. I think we scared the limo driver with our loud and giddy fun, but it was certainly a memorable night!
That was the first time in a long time that I'd been in a limo. We had one to drive between the funeral home and cemetery when my grandma died, and we had used hired cars to take us to the airport when we traveled a few times before that, but that was all. Perhaps I should say that K's birthday was the first time I really had fun in a limo!
Of course, the reason it was such a fun night was at least in part because we knew we were safe. Fortunately, limousine laws and regulations are fairly strict to make sure that all operators are capable of providing reliable transportation to their clients, and with a professional driver, you know that you can drink a little, act silly, and still make it home in one piece. I highly recommend doing "the limo thing" when you want a night of drunken debauchery!