98homespun_web.jpgRISMEDIA, Sept. 8, 2008-Before you go on your next trip, consider incorporating some of Avis’s pre-travel tips. After you think through the logistics, think through the toll it will take on you. Avis has a few simple solutions for avoiding long lines, finding your way around and enjoying the ride.

1. Research your destination

You’ll have a lot more fun if you know where to look for it. Read a few articles, pick up a couple travel guides and talk to friends or family who have been to your destination or who know someone that has. You may find Avis’s Quick City Guides helpful if you don’t have much time to devote to this part of your pre-travel.

2. Plan ahead for your transportation

You’ll feel more comfortable knowing there’s a plan in place when you’re ready to leave. Reserve a rental car, get your airline and train tickets or print out subway schedules well in advance. And ask about special services with your travel company. As with Avis Preferred ServiceTM, many airlines and train lines have ways that you can avoid standing in long lines.

3. Take along a GPS

Many new models, like the where2® GPS from Avis, offer more than just audible turn-by-turn directions. You can look up local attractions and restaurants, find traffic and weather reports and even airport information. With many GPS devices, like where2, you can pre-program your trip by saving your travel information to a Secure Digital (SD) memory card. Use the GPS to familiarize yourself with the roadways and major landmarks.

4. Make it fun

Even if you’re on business, be sure to schedule a little fun-or bring it with you. Download some new music or your favorite podcast. Or bring a great book and your favorite DVDs. If you’re renting a car, be sure you request a car that’s equipped for mp3-players or has xm® radio. Read up on all the services offered by your travel company. Avis offers free music downloads from emusic® when you rent a car with them. And they’ll even rent you a portable DVD player with their flicks-to-go® device.

5. Keep in touch while you’re away

Check with your hotel to make sure that you have Internet access in your room. And make sure you know where the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot is. Portable Wi-Fi devices, like Avis Connect®, might be another service your rental car company offers. And don’t forget to bring along your hands-free device and in-car cell phone charger if you’re planning to do a lot of driving.

6. Live like a local

Make a stop at the local coffee shop. The regular customers will probably be very helpful with tips and ideas for how to keep busy during your stay. The official city webpage will have some good tips and a quick online search may turn up some very useful local blogs. And check out avis.com/enjoytheride for recommendations, directions, event listings and more.

You know what they say about a stitch in time. So for your next trip, plan to spend a little extra time ahead of time. Keep these simple suggestions in mind and you just might be amazed at how it will enhance your trip.