International car rentals are very rewarding because they allow us to see and do things off the beaten path, especially to places where mass transit doesn’t provide efficient coverage. When Julie and I visit waterfalls in foreign countries, we almost always have to rely on a rental car when we’re self-touring. And while self-driving internationally does provide the flexibility and freedom that makes a trip unique and memorable, that independence also means there are plenty of ways that things can go wrong.
In this article, we’re sharing our top 10 international car rental tips, which we’ve learned from having self-driven in over 20 countries around the world. As you can imagine from such a library of experiences, we’ve gone through some predicaments, made mistakes, and had some “Gee, I wish I had thought about that” moments. Hopefully, you can benefit from our tips so you don’t have to go through some of the same car rental dramas that we went through.
Here are our top 10 tips in no particular order: