Only nine days until we board the Carnival Sunshine for our transatlantic cruise! In the meantime, I thought I would share a few travel tips that might come in handy for the Silver Hair set. (They don’t call us ‘Blue Hairs’ anymore. We don’t do that!)
From Orlando – Whether you are headed to the airport or to any Florida cruise port, there’s a way to get there without having to worry about steep parking fees. Did you know that many car rental companies in Florida waive a drop off fee and for a minimal rental charge, you and your stuff can get there at a bargain price? For this trip, we rented a car from Thrifty in Daytona Beach for $22 a day and dropped it at the airport. Compare that to parking at the airport for $22 a day. A number of rental companies do this. Call as far in advance as possible to get the lowest price.
Another alternative at Orlando Airport is to stay overnight in one of the hotels near Semoran Boulevard. Most – call before you go – offer free to $5 a day parking in their lots for up to 14 days with an overnight stay. Those hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn, La Quinta, Hampton Inn, and Fairfield. You save money and they provide complementary transportation to the airport.
Looking for some discount food to enjoy while on the plane? Depending on the length of your flight, this comes in handy. For this trip, I knew there was a Pollo Tropical near the airport. I signed up for their updates a few days before leaving and got a buy one/get one coupon for a free two piece chicken dinner with two sides with purchase of one. Total cost for a very tasty dinner: About $6 for two.
And a final tip. If you’ve rented a car, there are several places to fill up before you drop the car. However, if you aren’t paying attention, the two closest gas stations to the airport have a gouging policy where unsuspected motorists will pay nearly $6 a gallon to top off their tank. Look at the price before you start pumping. Not even a half mile down the road, you will find a station where pricing is normal, that is, the going price.Follow @DigitalDebbie