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post #21481 of 24091
Why is it so hard to get reasonable insurance coverage on rental cars if you don't own a car?

If you own a car, your own insurance covers it, no problem, done.

But if not, there seems to be no decent options besides the per-day insurance from the rental company.
Credit cards will cover damage to the car, but not liability. Even American Express's premium car rental insurance (at $25 per rental) that takes over from your own car insurance, doesn't provide any liability coverage. So if you hit someone else, you're fucked.

An umbrella policy won't cover it since they expect you to have car insurance for your own vehicle.

I tried to get a quote for non-owner car insurance from the company that does my motorcycle insurance and it didn't make sense at all. They would only only cover liability, not anything with the car itself or passengers...and the price was way too high for that limited coverage.

Just doesn't make sense...at the rental place, the collision coverage costs more per day than the liability coverage...yet I can rely on several cheap alternatives to avoid the CDW. Why doesn't Amex's premium insurance include liability?
post #21482 of 24091
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Why is it so hard to get reasonable insurance coverage on rental cars if you don't own a car?
 

I dont want someone who doesnt drive renting a car.  :hide:

post #21483 of 24091
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Originally Posted by jcman311 View Post
 

I dont want someone who doesnt drive renting a car.  :hide:

 

He does drive - rented cars.

post #21484 of 24091
I drive often enough...plenty if you count the motorcycle.

And while everyone thinks they are a good driver, I would feel confident that given an examination of driving skill, traffic rules, navigation, and overall safety, I would score high marks.

I may live somewhere that doesn't require car ownership, but I'm sure I can handle city driving better than some rural driver who does 100+ miles a day in small town USA. Felt fine driving in South Africa, Latvia, and Lithuania...all of which have tripadvisor boards filled with shitty american drivers exclaiming how terrifying and confusing the roads are.
post #21485 of 24091
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I drive often enough...plenty if you count the motorcycle.

And while everyone thinks they are a good driver, I would feel confident that given an examination of driving skill, traffic rules, navigation, and overall safety, I would score high marks.

I may live somewhere that doesn't require car ownership, but I'm sure I can handle city driving better than some rural driver who does 100+ miles a day in small town USA. Felt fine driving in South Africa, Latvia, and Lithuania...all of which have tripadvisor boards filled with shitty american drivers exclaiming how terrifying and confusing the roads are.



How was Lativia and Lithuania?  I want to visit the Baltic States, and I don't know anyone who has ever been.

post #21486 of 24091
I most enjoyed the capitals of Lithuania and Estonia.

Vilnius was great. The old town has a lot of original stuff, and it is completely lived and worked in...the outskirts start to get very soviet and bleak. Very cool place, cheap, and while traditional local cuisine is very central european (ground meat inside dumplings, etc), there is also a nordic/baltic influence providing bright flavors and seafood. Had an absolutely incredible tasting menu there from a Noma trained chef...I swear it was like 35 euro-equivalent including wine.

Tallinn has a beautifully restored old town, although it is basically a tourist attraction and not somewhere a resident would live, work, and do their banking/grocery shopping. They are the most developed of the baltics, and they've got a lot going on.

Nothing wrong with Latvia, but for whatever reason, Riga was the city I had the least fun in (which is odd, because when I started planning the trip, Riga was my goal and everything else was just nearby attractions). Some of that might just be luck of the draw...stumbled across some cool unplanned things in Tallinn that made it a blast, and I think the weather while we were in riga was not so great. Wasn't a bad couple of days or anything, just have very little memories of it compared to the other stops.

Other than Lithuania, I didn't spend time a great distance from the capitals. On the drive from Vilnius to Riga, we stopped at Europos Parkas (a big culture garden located at the geographic center of Europe) which was fricking awesome, and then spent the night in Siauliai so we could see the Hill of Crosses which is worth seeing.

We were there end of September, so there was really no point in trying to visit any of the coastal resort towns, although if I were to go back in the summer, I would love to visit the Curonian Spit sand dunes south of Klaipeda.
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I most enjoyed the capitals of Lithuania and Estonia.

Vilnius was great. The old town has a lot of original stuff, and it is completely lived and worked in...the outskirts start to get very soviet and bleak. Very cool place, cheap, and while traditional local cuisine is very central european (ground meat inside dumplings, etc), there is also a nordic/baltic influence providing bright flavors and seafood. Had an absolutely incredible tasting menu there from a Noma trained chef...I swear it was like 35 euro-equivalent including wine.

Tallinn has a beautifully restored old town, although it is basically a tourist attraction and not somewhere a resident would live, work, and do their banking/grocery shopping. They are the most developed of the baltics, and they've got a lot going on.

Nothing wrong with Latvia, but for whatever reason, Riga was the city I had the least fun in (which is odd, because when I started planning the trip, Riga was my goal and everything else was just nearby attractions). Some of that might just be luck of the draw...stumbled across some cool unplanned things in Tallinn that made it a blast, and I think the weather while we were in riga was not so great. Wasn't a bad couple of days or anything, just have very little memories of it compared to the other stops.

Other than Lithuania, I didn't spend time a great distance from the capitals. On the drive from Vilnius to Riga, we stopped at Europos Parkas (a big culture garden located at the geographic center of Europe) which was fricking awesome, and then spent the night in Siauliai so we could see the Hill of Crosses which is worth seeing.

We were there end of September, so there was really no point in trying to visit any of the coastal resort towns, although if I were to go back in the summer, I would love to visit the Curonian Spit sand dunes south of Klaipeda.

 


Wow, that's some great info.  My wife and I are probably going to be doing mostly domestic/Caribbean travel this year, but definitely would love to do a trip there.  I would also love to do a trip to Prague, Budapest, etc too.

post #21488 of 24091
Do it while it is still cheap and untouched....it seems to be changing rapidly.

I didn't mention it above, but I think one of the big bummers in Riga was the attitude to certain types of foreigners. When I was there (late 2014), apparently RyanAir had started flying super cheap flights there from the UK. It immediately became a prime destination for "stag parties" of young british assholes who could blow 20 quid on a flight, and go get wasted somewhere with incredibly low prices. Aggressively hit on girls, search for hookers, take over clubs, make the pubs turn on soccer games, etc.
The sentiment was mostly anti-British, but as a part of the world that gets very little american tourism, you probably assume young guys who speak English without an accent are all from England. I don't think we experienced any direct negative behavior (especially once people realized we were american), but in reading reviews of places online, the discrimination was evident. And we definitely ran into a few obnoxious stag parties...

Oddly, when I was in Prague in 06 or 07, I think they were sort of coming out of the tail-end of that same trend. English stag parties heading to Prague was still a big thing (and probably still is even though it isn't as dirt cheap anymore), but an industry had developed around it. There were almost as many fake Irish pubs in Prague as there are in Chicago...they had just figured out how to guide the obnoxious tourists to tourist trap bars/strip clubs/etc.
post #21489 of 24091
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

I most enjoyed the capitals of Lithuania and Estonia.

Vilnius was great. The old town has a lot of original stuff, and it is completely lived and worked in...the outskirts start to get very soviet and bleak. Very cool place, cheap, and while traditional local cuisine is very central european (ground meat inside dumplings, etc), there is also a nordic/baltic influence providing bright flavors and seafood. Had an absolutely incredible tasting menu there from a Noma trained chef...I swear it was like 35 euro-equivalent including wine.

Tallinn has a beautifully restored old town, although it is basically a tourist attraction and not somewhere a resident would live, work, and do their banking/grocery shopping. They are the most developed of the baltics, and they've got a lot going on.

Nothing wrong with Latvia, but for whatever reason, Riga was the city I had the least fun in (which is odd, because when I started planning the trip, Riga was my goal and everything else was just nearby attractions). Some of that might just be luck of the draw...stumbled across some cool unplanned things in Tallinn that made it a blast, and I think the weather while we were in riga was not so great. Wasn't a bad couple of days or anything, just have very little memories of it compared to the other stops.

Other than Lithuania, I didn't spend time a great distance from the capitals. On the drive from Vilnius to Riga, we stopped at Europos Parkas (a big culture garden located at the geographic center of Europe) which was fricking awesome, and then spent the night in Siauliai so we could see the Hill of Crosses which is worth seeing.

We were there end of September, so there was really no point in trying to visit any of the coastal resort towns, although if I were to go back in the summer, I would love to visit the Curonian Spit sand dunes south of Klaipeda.

+1 on Estonia

Although, bc, none of those options sound terrible. Prague is beautiful, and I really enjoyed Budapest.
post #21490 of 24091
Prague has been a drunken tourist destination ever since I can remember and still is, multiple European countries have police stationed there in periods to deal with their own nationals.

I saw a British doc awhile back, where they interviewed a bunch of hookers, who all said the stag would 90% have unprotected sex with a hooker, if a stag party came to a "club".
post #21491 of 24091
Sounds like a good time
post #21492 of 24091
Of a sudden just seems like everone is writing "woah" to mean "whoa." I wonder what's up with that?
post #21493 of 24091
feeling so nostalgic right now and very old.
post #21494 of 24091

People keep replying to a large email group with "please remove me from this distribution."  The email they replied to was instructions on how to get removed from the distribution (replying to the email was not the correct path).

 

These are the same people that created a chain of more than 500 replies with "stop replying all."

post #21495 of 24091
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

People keep replying to a large email group with "please remove me from this distribution."  The email they replied to was instructions on how to get removed from the distribution (replying to the email was not the correct path).

These are the same people that created a chain of more than 500 replies with "stop replying all."

I love the Star Trek episode where Spock and Kirk use that tactic to send the evil omnipotent computer into a self-destructive logic loop.
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