What to do if car rental is trying to charge me of a broken car part?

Many people make the not-so-obvious mistake of driving off without first inspecting the car they rented. I mean, obviously it's unethical for a car rental company to rent you a car that's already got damaged parts. However, it pays to look at the dings and dents, to check if the CD player works, to see if the gas cap is on or to inquire if the headlights, blinkers, horn, or windshield wipers work. At least if you discovered something is awry, you will not be held liable for it.

Otherwise it's hard to dispute this situation. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Best hotels in New York City?

If you're talking about best hotels in New York City, you have to factor in things such as hotel class, neighborhood, amenities, hotel style, number of days you book and what day during the week you're booking a New York city hotel. The good thing about travel sites such as Tripadvisor is that you can sort them out according to your preference.

Technically, in order to find the best tourist attractions in New York City, you would want to stay in Manhattan or around Central Park area. Of course, the hotels here are a bit more expensive, that's why you just tweak your choices when it comes to booking on online travel sites. If you could manage to stay in a decent three-star hotel with a budget of anywhere from $150 to $250 per night, you could stay in a lot of awesome hotels in Manhattan and the Chinatown area:

  • The Lex NYC
  • Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
  • Be Hotel 
  • Hampton Inn Manhattan
  • Moderne Hotel
  • Best Western Premier at Herald Square

just to name a few. Now that I've personally handpicked my top hotels in New York City, I have to tackle my next dilemma: What are the best things to do in New York City? You know the answer already: LOTS!!!

Wacky things to do in Boston?

A road trip to Boston is really not a road trip unless you get to go sightseeing. And despite the misconception that Boston is all about history and universities, I realize that there's more to Boston than meets the eye.

Before I step off my car and roam around the city, I've got a few tricks in my sleeve in order to make the most of wonderful things to do in Boston.

Anything from restaurants to theatre and local attractions. Today I'm going to get schnitzel 55% off at Jacob Wirth.

Off to the Skywalk Observatory, the only one in New England. I use my citypass to check out some tourist attractions in my list at a discounted price.

Yep, not everything involves digging in the pocket. After checking out the Tour of the State House and climbing to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument (where the first major battle of the American Revolution took place), I'm ready for a hotdog and drink.

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My top 3 cheap Boston hotels

Many people complain that Boston is expensive. It shouldn't be. The great thing about Boston hotels is that you can find them much cheaper on the outlying towns as well as if you're traveling during shoulder or off peak season. There are so many ways to find cheap hotels in Boston. But where do you go?

I found out that the best way to get a good hotel deal is to check Getaroom.com (they have the lowest rates everywhere online) or simply call these hotels direct here:

Boston Common Hotel
A Historic Hotel in Back Bay, also near Copley Square

Nantasket Beach Resort
A South Shore Beach Resort only 18 miles from Boston

Boston Hotel Buckminster
Easily found in the heart of Boston's Kenmore Square

Quick tip: Instead of staying at the harbor, pick hotels that are a little farther, since driving around Boston is relatively easy. The hotels in the harbor area are obviously more expensive because of the seaside view and other extra amenities. Also, try to book in the middle of the week as weekends are usually packed. For more ways to save money on lodging, check out 101 ways to save money on hotels. 

Boston trip planner: Should I drive or commute?

So you're headed for a Boston road trip? Obviously, if you already decided to drive, you have more freedom to see places and do more things in Boston.

However, if you're flying, it's best to rent a car in Boston. Car rentals are cheap and the highway system in this city is extensive. This means you can get almost anywhere you want, with some exceptions: Don't get tied up during the holidays or summer weekends.

The last resort would have to be to commute: the T subway is pretty much the best way to go if you don't own a car.