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We Discovered The Airbnb Of Cars – TravelCar

Travel – it’s dreamy, it’s life changing, but as you well know, there are a lot of steps involved before collecting another passport stamp or posting your beachfront photo onto Instagram! With the headaches of the knitty-gritty details, it’s good to know that there are travel startups that are set on easing the exhausted traveler’s mind (and pocket). AirBnb reinvented travel accommodations… and now TravelCar is reinventing airport parking and vehicle rentals.

The young, conscious traveler like you and I have been quick to adopt sharing housing, bikes, and (it’s official) car sharing… especially when it negates all the expenses of maneuvering around airport shuttles, booking private transfers and busses. Spending less on transportation and more on the experiences on your bucket list? Yeah, count me in.

I love the local to local connection that many new travel companies are building their missions upon, like AirBnb. I love the community it provides, the local driven experiences it opens up to foreign travelers and the unique housing it provides. And I just really love the idea of having that same choice for cars! The typical AirBnb user is a unique type of adventurer… they want to see the world while also getting in touch with its locals as much as possible. I guess the same would be for TravelCar. Renters for this company are ones that believe in experiencing the most special and unique sites off the beaten path and recommended by locals, and they’re also willing to provide the same flexible transportation option to others.

When planning my upcoming adventures in the English countryside, I asked myself exactly how I wanted to travel between two very small towns. Knowing that there basically were limitless gorgeous vistas, quaint villages and castles scattered between the two destinations, I realized that my options for truly experiencing the rural countryside were few and far between. Although I worried about having to drive on the left hand side of the road (I seriously don’t know how you Brits do it!), I knew that my eyes and memories were going to thank me for choosing to rent a car, as opposed to booking a bus or train. Being able to make my own itinerary, pull off on the side of the road when I fancied to photograph something, and take little scenic routes is something I’m looking forward to most! Booking a car provides the flexibility I crave… what about you?

TravelCar’s mission is simple – park your car for free at the airport after you agree to rent out your car to another verified TravelCar client. You earn money for every mile driven and are given protection of $1 million liability insurance if your car is rented while you travel. Or if it’s not, you’ll still get free parking. (And before you get worried about your precious four wheeled baby, just know that the company has a TrustPilot score of 9.4!) Or, if you’d rather not share your car, you can still park with TravelCar and receive the lowest airport parking rates guaranteed.

Long story short, TravelCar’s free airport parking provides the opportunity to earn money while “parking” your car at the airport for free. Oh, and you can also rent other TravelCars at your destination for a super steal and even add GPS and car seats for your little ones!

Perhaps something that sweetens the deal even more is TravelCar’s re-use of a existing cars, which means they’re also helping the planet and allowing us the ability to travel more eco-consciously. Become more aware of ways to travel more green and eco friendly is oh so our thing! Sound something up your alley too? Use our link and be sure to use the code DAME5 for a 5% discount! Happy exploring!


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Southern USA Road Trip

When I think about discovering new places and experiencing new cultures I tend to automatically picture traveling outside of the United States. I think of long haul flights to far off destinations. Yet recently, I came to the realization that those experiences and places exist in my own country. As a result, I made a goal of exploring more of my own country. When it came to deciding where to go, I couldn’t think of anything better than a Southern USA road trip.

Talk about new experiences and cultures! The South is known for its mouthwatering cuisine, its exciting live music, and its charming people. My trip through the South quickly taught me that you don’t always have to take a long flight to discover new places and to experience new things.

The Route:

Start: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville to Memphis: 3hr. 14min

Memphis to Natchez, Mississippi: 4hr. 37min

Natchez to New Orleans, Louisiana: 3hr. 5min

Nashville, Tennessee
To start our Southern road trip we flew into Nashville, Tennessee (aka Music City) for three nights. Where attending shows at The Grand Ole Opry House, Honky Tonkin’ to country music on Broadway Street, and mouth watering fried chicken is a way of life!

Top things to Do & See in Nashville

  • Explore the award winning Johnny Cash Museum.
  • Take a stroll along the Cumberland River.
  • Visit the Goo Goo Shop – home to the first combination candy bar ever!
  • Take a backstage tour of the famous Grand Ole Opry.
  • Honky Tonk your heart out on Broadway Street in Downtown Nashville at famous bars like Honky Tonk Central or Tootsie’s

Where to eat: 

  •  Try Hattie B’s famous Hot Chicken. The restaurant allows you to pick a level of heat that best fits your taste buds.
  • Indulge in a Southern breakfast on your way from Nashville to Memphis at The Loveless Café.  Where they live by the motto: “Home is where the biscuits are.”

Memphis, Tennessee
For our next stop on our road trip, we headed to the largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Top things to Do & See in Memphis

  • Visit the Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
  • Take a self-guided journey through Elvis Presley’s famous residence, Graceland.
  • Take a tour of Sun Studio Records, considered by many to be the most famous recording studio in the world.
  • Stroll along Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

Where to Stay:
Stay in the heart of downtown Memphis at The Peabody Memphis. Make sure to catch the famous Peabody ducks marching from the roof of the hotel to the lobby fountain for their daily visit.

Natchez, Mississippi
While on our way to New Orleans, we made a quick stop for the day in Natchez, Mississippi, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River. Its history and charm make it a great place to stop, stretch your legs, explore and get a bite to eat.

Top things to Do & See in Natchez

  • Walk or bike the Natchez Trails to explore the city. Check out the visitor’s center for more information.
  • Stanton Hall and explore an antebellum home.

Where to eat:
For one of the best views of the mighty Mississippi river try a Po’ Boy Sandwich or Burger at Magnolia Grill.

New Orleans, Louisiana
Our Southern road trip concluded in New Orleans, Louisiana. Everyday in New Orleans is an excuse to celebrate life making the city a top destination in the USA to visit. With its live music from just about every genre, its charming architecture, and some of the most outrageous food, let’s just say our road trip ended with a huge bang!

Top things to Do & See in New Orleans

  •  Wander the streets of the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city.
  • On the weekends, check out art from local artisans at Frenchman Art Market.
  • Party like a local on Frenchman Street and enjoy many styles of bars and various genres of music.
  • Try a famous Hurricane drink on Bourbon Street.
  • Explore the beauty of the Garden District with its antebellum mansions, lush gardens, and Southern charm.
  • Spot alligators on a Swamp Tour.
  • Enjoy traditional Jazz music at Preservation Hall

Top 4 places to eat and drink in New Orleans

  • Best Coffee: Morning Call. Try a famous café au lait, you will not be disappointed!
  • Best Beignet: Café Du Monde.
    Tip: If you don’t want to wait in an enormous line go later on in the day. Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day in the French Market.
  • Best Brunch: Commanders Palace. Brunching’ in New Orleans is a three course meal, so make sure to go hungry! Tip: Make sure to make reservations in advance.
  • Favorite Gumbo Spot: Court of two sisters in the French Quarter. Go for a seat on their outside patio to enjoy the charming atmosphere and mouth watering gumbo!

Have you ever been on a Southern USA road trip? If so, let me know in the comments below some of your favorite stops!