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More Expensive Than They Used to Be: Why Airbnb is More Costly - Travepreneur

Airbnb used to be one of the most affordable options for travelers but now it has become one of the most …

September 7, 2021
Travelers Experience Culture Shock When Visiting A New Country. Here Are Some Tips To Help You Through It - Travepreneur

Traveling to a new country can be an exciting, yet challenging experience. One of the things that many people have trouble …

August 17, 2021
3 Unnecessary Pitfalls Choosing Where to Travel for the First Time - Travepreneur

Traveling for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start? What if you’re anxious about going …

August 10, 2021
How To Travel The World On $20 Per Day - Travepreneur

Do you have a dream of traveling the world?  Do you feel like it’s impossible because you don’t have enough money …

August 3, 2021
The Top Five Destinations For First Time Travelers To Visit This Summer - Travepreneur

Take notes as we are about to dish on the top five destinations for first-time travelers to visit. This summer!!! You’re …

July 27, 2021
The Simple Solution to “I Want to Travel Everywhere!” Travepreneur

What should you do if your wanderlust gets the best of you and you simple want to travel everwhere? Have a …

July 20, 2021
Road Trip: A Fun And Safe Adventure - Travepreneur

You don’t have to let the pandemic ruin your travel plans. Although you may not be too comfortable packing yourself into …

July 13, 2021
Packing Checklist for Traveling Light and Alone - Travepreneur

Traveling alone is a very unique experience in that you’ll get to learn more about yourself, whether you’re hitting a campsite …

July 6, 2021
Ready For Hot Girl Summer?: 5 Ideal Reasons To Book An Online Airport Taxi Service - Travepreneur

Most Customers search for a comfortable way to reach their destination. For this, they’ll look for the best transportation or taxi …

June 29, 2021
6 Earth And Eco-friendly Auto & Road Trip Tips To Make Your Road Trip Better

It’s your first time on a road trip and you’re not sure how to make the most of it. The good …

June 22, 2021
Take a look at the 2021 juneteenth freedom day event guide: where you can celebrate in your home or city.

June is so special for many reasons. It’s the start of summa (not summer!), and it houses a very important day …

June 15, 2021
A Beginner's Guide: 5 Quick Tips For Traveling By an RV

Bonus: Check Out The Travelers Living the RV Lifestyle Who Are Making It Look Easy For Beginners Are you in the …

June 8, 2021
4 Ideas For Weekend Road Trips You Can Take This Summer - Travepreneur

Summer is coming! Weekend road trips here we come! Isn’t that what you’re saying? Well, whatever you’re saying, there’s no better …

May 25, 2021
To Make A Bold & Exciting Decision To Take A Vacation This Summer Season & Here’s Why - Travepreneur

So you think you’re not justified in taking a vacation and step away from your business or job because you’re self-employed?  …

May 18, 2021
What Does It Really Take to Be a Digital Nomad? - Travepreneur

Are you scrolling through social media wondering how people spend so much time traveling while you’re stuck in a windowless cubicle, …

May 11, 2021
How Eileen Arugu Helps Real Women in their Wellness and Self-Care Goals - Travepreneur

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we have interviewed our favorite Wellness and Self-care Expert, Eileen Arugu. If you recall, …

May 4, 2021
Celebrating Arbor Day & The Selflessness Of Trees by Travepreneur

National Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska on April 10, 1872. This day, however, is now celebrated on the last …

April 27, 2021
Restoring Mother Earth - An Earth Day and Year-Long Initiative by Travepreneur

As conscious citizens & travelers, we must always be concerned about our dear Mother Earth. If you think about it, you …

April 20, 2021
Make sure to book insurance after booking flight - Travepreneur

—Here are 7 Good Reasons Risks are inevitable, especially during times of tragedy. And, when insurance was created in 1347, its …

April 13, 2021
How Is Covid-19 Changing Global Travel?

The recent pandemic caused by the onset of the Covid-19 has changed our society significantly. From the millions laid off of …

April 6, 2021
Renting a vehicle is common in many countries where traveling by land is prevalent. It’s a service that exists to cater to people who don’t have a car that can travel long distances or people who don’t own one but can drive. It’s also a much better option for those who find public transport unreliable or challenging. Throughout the existence of vehicle rentals, there have been numerous issues and problems that both the customers and the rental companies have faced. It ranges from people not returning the car to badly damaging it due to accidents. Those are the worse case scenarios, but you can have those issues addressed during the rental process. Minor issues like lack of fuel upon return or extra charges can be prevented with communication. While signing the rental agreement or before you receive the keys, know what you need to do before, during, and after the rental period. Here are the essential questions to ask when renting a vehicle for a road trip. What are the available insurance coverages? Since the topic of accidents was mentioned, you’ve got to know about the rental company’s insurance coverage. The insurance differs on the kind of vehicle they offer for rent. When you rent a bus, the scope for renting a car is different from renting a car, but the important thing is to know if the vehicle is insured. There are two types of car rental insurance, which are the most common: Basic rental and full coverage. The basic car rental insurance is offered by most rental services, which protects you from accidents and theft. Full coverage usually includes the basic coverages with total renter exemption and third-party protection, which means when you pay more for insurance, there’s no need to pay for any problems that happen to the rental vehicle. Other insurances that a rental company can offer are the Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Waiver, and Third Party Liability. (CDW, TW, & TPL). How much is the total cost of the rental? Many customers have been surprised because of seeing charges they didn’t think would be there for a vehicle rental. This is why asking the rental agent about the total cost of the rental is important. Don’t get caught off-guard by other charges that you didn’t see or know. When renting any vehicle, always ask the rental agent for a car quote that includes all the fees, taxes, and upcharges. There are car quotes that don’t have the other mentioned expenses, which causes a customer’s shock. Also, add in the insurance quote so you can pay for them together with the rental costs. Do you have a mileage limit for this car? Often, there are rental companies that impose a mileage limit on their vehicles. A mileage limit means you’re only allowed to drive the car you rented for an allotted amount of miles. Ask about a mileage limit, and if there is one, be sure to keep track of it because you’ll have to pay an additional fee if you go over it. Usually, cars rented at a weekly rate have unlimited mileage. But if you don’t need to rent for that long, then clarify if there’s a mileage limit to your rental agent. What fuel does the car take? Various car engines need the right fuel because putting in a different one can damage it. The common ones take diesel and petrol, which are two completely different engines. Putting diesel on a petrol engine and vice-versa may cause mess the engine up, where you would have to take it to the mechanic to have it drained and cleaned up or have the entire fuel injection system replaced. The worst part is some rental car insurance doesn’t cover those kinds of damages. That leaves you to shoulder the bill yourself. Before you take the keys for the car, ask the company what fuel does its engine take. If you ask this, they’d usually point out a sticker they placed on the car, which indicates the fuel it uses. It may be on the dashboard near the fuel gauge or inside the fuel cap cover. Sometimes, they stick it on the car key itself so drivers can see it when you’re pumping gas at a station. In case you forget to ask about it, those are where you can find what fuel the engine of your rental car takes. Aside from those, you can also know it by checking if the fuel pump fits the fuel neck. Diesel pump nozzles are thicker than their petrol counterparts; however, thinner petrol pump nozzles can easily fit in a diesel car. So if you’re not sure, it’s better to contact your rental agent to avoid damaging the engine. What is the return process? Returning a rental vehicle is typically the easy part, but just so the rental service and you are on the same page, ask how they usually go with it. Ask them if there’s anything else you need to do before returning the rental car, like do you have to fill up its gas tank? Also, verify the time of return so you can make it in time to avoid possible penalties. If you are running late, make sure that you notify the agent. Sometimes, the rental office won’t have anyone to attend to you, particularly at the late hours of the night. Ask them how and where to return the vehicle and where you’ll place the keys after parking it. Conclusion Don’t be afraid to ask the rental agent these questions because it’s for both party’s sake. You need to know the answer to these queries to avoid any issues before your road trip. Inquire about these things to have a worry-free travel experience.

Renting a vehicle is common in many countries where traveling by land is prevalent. It’s a service that exists to cater …

March 30, 2021
Way Before Booking A Flight, This Is What Every Traveler In 2021 Should Be Doing - Travepreneur

Travelers should prepare to think through the following tips WAY before booking a flight. As a Traveler in 2020 PC (Post-Covid), …

March 23, 2021
Can I Even Travel to (Insert Country) in 2021?

Adriana K Smith · Can I Travel To (Insert Country): A Global Travel Restrictions Guide Now, that 2020 has come and …

March 16, 2021
Pinterest - I Want to Travel Everywhere, Travepreneur

Oh, what a feeling it is to travel to every place possible on the planet. Or at least dream about it …

March 9, 2021
Can You Guess How The Big Leap Travel Summit Went?

At the start of the pandemic, many institutions, businesses, and corporations were not prepared for such a disaster or emergency. They …

February 23, 2021
Spend a Weekend Inside THE BIG LEAP Travel Summit and see what all the fuss is about

Something I’ve become more and more passionate about over the last two years is helping travelers overcome their doubts and fears …

February 16, 2021
I AM Black History: Quick Tips from a Black Female Traveler

I Am Black History… Black history is world history and the globe is traced with the roots, heritage, and culture of …

February 9, 2021
Say No To Fear - Travepreneur

It’s a New Year so that means you’ve set new resolutions and goals.  But…there’s a four-lettered work that might keep you …

February 2, 2021
Know Before You Go: Your Checklist for Moving Abroad

This is for those of you seeking to leave the hell monotony of life and packing up for a new adventure. …

January 26, 2021
Woman holding piggy bank

Hopefully you’re in a money mood today, and that gets you in good spirits to learn how to create a budget …

January 19, 2021
Can't Figure Out Where to Begin Your Travel Plans?

Truth Moment? Are you tired of searching millions of posts just to plan your trip? Let’s start with the basics: Health, …

January 12, 2021
Adriana Smith from Travepreneur in Santorini

This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something we may earn a commission. Thanks. Have you …

January 5, 2021
Compass in Hand

We are a few days away from 2021 and we’re still knee-deep into the pandemic. Thanks United States! Even I have …

December 29, 2020
Volunteer Opportunities

*In honor of what this week means, I’ve written this post. We’re headed into a week of celebration, family, and gratitude. I …

December 22, 2020
Holiday Giving Guide 2020 from Travepreneur

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two big days of the holiday season. But, hold up! We can’t forget another important …

December 15, 2020
Ugandan women and girls smiling at Camera

Last week, I interviewed Isaac Lufafa, the founder of Tusubira Village, and the remarkable work he’s done in Uganda.  In part …

December 8, 2020
Ugandan Woman holding flyer

Happy Giving Tuesday!  Today is such a special day because we’re reminded about the importance of giving. Our decision to give, …

December 1, 2020
Computer sitting on table on the beach

Hold up! Before you read the post, I have something to share! In November, Self-Care Awareness Week (November 16-22) just ended, …

November 24, 2020
Header: Want to Plan a Road Trip During the Holidays?

Let’s talk about Road Tripping this week! Hold up! Before you read the post, I have something to share! Self-Care Awareness …

November 17, 2020
Planning an outdoor adventure vacation

Let’s talk about going on a Family Outdoor Adventure Vacation this week! Hold up! Before you read the post, I have …

November 10, 2020
Safe. Weekend Getaways - Header Photo

Hold up! Before you read the post, I have something to share! In November, we’re celebrating Self-Care Awareness Week (November 16-22). …

November 3, 2020
Best Travel Destinations For History Lovers - Travepreneur

-Plus Some Spooky Details About Each Happy Almost Halloween! If you’re fascinated by history, traveling is the best way to experience …

October 27, 2020
Blog header of woman outdoors

When’s the last time you went on an outdoor adventure? And, I mean spent significant time?  It’s probably been a while …

October 20, 2020
Safe. Weekend Getaways - Header Photo

We all have had a case of the Mondays, or since COVID, the case of “What day is it today?“. The …

October 13, 2020
Adeola smiling at camera

Africa. Update September 29, 2020: If you’re hoping to repatriate to any country in Africa and/or see the stunning views and …

September 29, 2020
Woman sitting on palm tree located on the beach.

Travel Shaming. I’m sure you’ve seen or heard this word swarming around the internet or on social media. Or, you might’ve …

September 22, 2020
Adriana reading a book in Athens Greece

These resources are helpful when you are deciding to travel, study, work, intern, or volunteer abroad. Please read through the resources …

September 17, 2020
Young woman looking up and holding her chin

Could you have ever imagined that COVID-19 would still be a topic now? Not me, but here we are.  Even though …

September 15, 2020
5 Top Destinations Perfect For The Solo Black Woman

In the past year, I’ve come to embrace two identities (Woman & Black) that I regarded very separately. I ranked them …

September 8, 2020
Man in local markets

It’s time for a reality check. We’ve been homebound for a while now and it’s time to reflect on our past …

July 7, 2020
Bear wearing a mask

Face masks aren’t just a style statement. They’re for your health too. So, when I see dozens of people entering a …

July 2, 2020
Can I travel to (insert country) - map of the world

Adriana K Smith · Can I Travel To (Insert Country): A Global Travel Restrictions Guide *Sigh* This has to be the …

June 30, 2020
Save The Future Protest

Update: June 22, 2020 – Know Your Rights! I want you to be safe while engaging in your freedom to protest. …

June 23, 2020
Adriana From Travepreneur Lifting a Barbell with Weights

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. …

June 16, 2020
Holding up a bottle of Lemon Water

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. …

June 9, 2020
Always Eat After 7 pm

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. …

June 2, 2020
Flight - Will You Be Able To Travel in the Fall?

While many of you might be wondering if anyone is planning on traveling within the next few months, I would propose …

May 28, 2020
Workout - Squat Pose

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own. …

May 26, 2020
American Flag planted in bed of grass

Raise your hand if you’re getting cabin fever from all this physical and social distancing, on top of postponing your trips …

May 19, 2020
Man and daughter washing their hands

Update [10-01-2020]: New resource to help underprivileged population in the “What about those without a home?” section. Don’t say “stuck” anymore. …

May 14, 2020
Safe. Weekend Getaways - Header Photo

Travel became my very own and personal teacher. It taught me about life outside the classroom and the US. And, it …

May 12, 2020
Girl Smiling - Best Vitamins & Supplements for Travelers

While non-essential travel is halted, it’s still a great idea to work on our mental, emotional, and especially our physical health …

May 5, 2020
Kiersten Brown

No one and I mean no one could’ve predicted 2020 to turn out this way. We couldn’t have imagined that the …

April 14, 2020
Travel safety tips - beach picture

Note from Adriana: Please view the Travel, Health, and Wellness Resource Page for details about traveling during the spread of COVID-19. …

March 24, 2020
Good news is coming

Updated: 08-11-2021 You may be anxious, frustrated, or scared, but being informed and taking the necessary precaution can get all of …

March 18, 2020
The Black Woman’s Guide to Solo Traveling

Solo traveling is pure bliss. If you’re new to the idea, this may sound uncomfortable and a bit risky, especially during …

March 17, 2020
Women's History Month Tribute Video

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s …

March 10, 2020
Airline with passengers and flight attendant

Raise your hand if you’ve taken a flight in economy class, and you had almost zero space to get comfortable.  Keep …

March 3, 2020
Top view of Croatian Islands

from Michaela Loye from LoveYaGuts, A Kiwi Travel Blog Travelling on a budget is the goal for most nomadic commuters but …

February 11, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion on Vacation in Mexico with four other women

Who is Megan Thee Stallion? If you’ve never heard of Megan Thee Stallion, then where have you been the past year??! …

February 4, 2020
You Don't Have To Feel Foolish: How You Can Travel AND Put Money in the Bank - Travepreneur

Have you ever had spare change and an empty gallon bottle and thought “I could start saving money”?  Have you taken …

January 28, 2020
How To Make Friends While Traveling Alone? with Rashi Jain, Guest Blogger

from Rashi Jain from Desigal Around The World Solo traveling has a certain allure to it, doesn’t it? Being in a …

January 21, 2020
Adriana from Travepreneur in Athens, Greece

The day of your trip comes and you’re waiting at the gate full of wonder and butterflies. The nervousness of the …

January 14, 2020
On the Stairs in Athens Greece

Is this you? One day you put a message in the group text that says, “Hey, we should take a trip …

January 7, 2020

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two big days of the holiday season. But, hold up! We can’t forget another important …

December 3, 2019
Ermida Koduah, founder of Being Black In posing in a kitchen

After the release of my book “Studying Abroad for Black Women,” I began promoting it on listservs and forums catered to …

October 29, 2019
Missing poster of Khiara Henry, woman missing in Maui

Update: The family post on October 27th with this update: “In an effort to keep this case moving, we ask that …

September 15, 2019
Study abroad book for black women

In honor of, well, black women, I’ve put together a playlist of the most inspiring songs to get black women to …

August 28, 2019
Woni Spotts, Easter Island

The FIRST Black Woman to Travel to Every Country Woni Spotts. In the harmonizing voices of Destiny’s Child, “Say her name, …

August 20, 2019

Disclosure: Alios Tours hosted me on this trip in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own. Athena, Zeus, and Aphrodite. …

July 2, 2019
How My First Business Trip to Germany Became A Much-Needed Solo Adventure

Last April, I traveled to Germany to visit three partner study abroad institutions. On my first business trip abroad, I planned …

June 25, 2019
The founders of ExplorEquity, Catarina and Remi

When you think of Puerto Rico, what do you see, feel, or hear? Is it the millions of citizens left without power …

June 20, 2019
Thinking of going to China? Here is some information for you!

Update: If you’re planning to travel to China in the few weeks or months, please take caution and review the US …

June 18, 2019
Chios Island

(and why that’s a good thing) “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” says Jan Brady who’s usually frustrated being the middle child and the …

June 13, 2019
Solo Trip in Athens Greece

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to plan a solo vacation before it’s over. If you never planned a solo …

June 11, 2019
The Hardest Trips Are The Ones Without These 4 Traits

Pssst…It’s my 10-year travel journey Anniversary. It’s exactly 10 years ago today that I began one of the hardest trips I …

May 12, 2019
My Ancestry DNA Journey

It’s been over a year since I created this video, and I’m still disgusted. No, no, not for the ancestry part. …

April 30, 2019
Dying Destinations: Louvre Museum, Paris, France

What is destroying the world’s most popular destinations? People, I’d say. Komodo Island, a popular destination in Indonesia, has been temporarily …

April 16, 2019
Do You Know the Nepali People Considered "The Untouchables"?

Do you know the Nepali people considered as the “Untouchables”? Below, I’ve written a post about a community of discriminated people …

March 5, 2019
Do I Ever Get Tired Of Traveling So Much?

As I’m typing this, I’m sitting in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. I’m on the last leg of my last international trip …

December 19, 2018
Solo Travel

If you’re a fan of Law and Order: SVU or Lifetime movies, then you will understand the paranoia around solo travel especially …

October 23, 2018
8 Travel Destinations for Volunteers and What To Do There

Volunteering is a way to get the most out of your experience. Volunteers are sought after around the world! So, you can …

September 4, 2018
Essence Fest: Your Beginner's Guide

  I gotta be honest, Girls Trip is the reason why I attended Essence Fest this year. I know, I know. …

July 17, 2018
How To Survive An Airbnb Stay

  Day 1 in London was like a page out of a haunted traveler’s tale. This particular chapter: Getting Stranded. I don’t …

January 28, 2018
Get Some Culture

  What Does Get Some Culture Mean and Why You Should Know!   So, if you’ve been following me, then you’ve seen …

December 22, 2017
Too Black of Too Suspicious?: Getting Rejected By Hosts on Homesharing Platforms

Are you a traveler? Are you a traveler who books with certain companies because you know they wouldn’t discriminate against you? Are …

December 12, 2017
My Own Halloween Travel, Trick and Treat Story

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic/Modifications: Text Overlay. It is attributed to Marius Haffner, and the original …

October 30, 2017
Worried About Traveling During Hurricane Season?

 Let’s get social! Ever worry about traveling during hurricane season? Comment below. The week of my birthday, Hurricane Irma was coming. …

September 11, 2017
Law & Order: SVU Travel Edition - When Binge Watching Serves You Travel Justice

      Let’s get social! What are some other shows offering some helpful advice or travel knowledge? Comment below. …

August 23, 2017
Bad Signs from a First-Time Airbnb User

   Have you ever seen a horror movie where the main character walks up to an unlocked door and enters? What happens? …

August 8, 2017
Fearless & Finding Purpose: When Travel and Football Collide

  I’m not blessed. These hands are made for pushing, shoving and tackling. Let’s test your knowledge for a second.  How many women football players do you know? Did you name one player? My turn! I know over 50 and …

July 25, 2017
Why I Can't Tell My Mom Where I'm Traveling To Until the very Last Minute

A happy mom means a happy traveler. Does your mom (or other family members) do any of these? A. Immediately gets worried …

June 27, 2017
Travel Safety Tips

“Wonder Woman is not a fictional character. Wonder Woman is a mindset.” – Michelle A. Homme Tis the season of the blockbuster, …

June 13, 2017
4-step formular to supporting the women's rights movement

Today is Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and he stated: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he …

January 16, 2017
Simple Lessons Carmen San Diego Teaches Us about Travel

And, like any chase to this rogue agent, travel is exciting, unusual, and unpredictable. Have you ever taken a ride on a …

December 20, 2016
I confess 3 reasons why traveling beats the future of having a baby

Traveling wins, simply by being poop-free. Babies are annoying. Just kidding. They are adorable little human beings, who cry when they want …

December 20, 2016
I confess 3 reasons why traveling beats the future of having a baby

I was afraid at first to reveal this hidden obsession. Have you discovered a new talent or new passion through the app, …

December 20, 2016
How Volunteering with the Street Market Children in Quito inspired the life lessons and success as a Travepreneur

The biggest lesson came from little people ranging from 2 to 5 feet, not yet able to drive, vote, or drink legally. …

December 20, 2016
5 Beginner Lessons To Put An End To Your Fear Of Flying

“Just do it! Training wheels are sold separately, or in this case, not sold at all.” I’m going to end up …

December 20, 2016
Discover 5 ideas on how to maintain your healthy eating during your travels

Let’s get social! What are some other ideas? Comment below.

December 20, 2016
4 simple ways I survived my first NAFSA conference

The National NAFSA Conference is a big networking party! Attending a NAFSA conference is more than your typical 9 to 5 job. …

October 26, 2016
Adriana Smith, Author at Travepreneur