5 healthy snack ideas for your next adventure

Whether you’re going for a beach or hiking day, it’s good for you to bring your own snacks. In this article we’re going to tell why and provide with ideas for the snacks of your next adventure.

Preparing and packing your own snacks may help you to save money and to keep up with your diet or your lifestyle. Remember that traveling requires a lot of planning for all to go the best way possible. Check out these tips to take care of your health on your next trip.

Let’s go with ideas for your next adventure!

1. Veggies and Fruits


You can take them chopped in cups or as smoothies:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Cherries
  • Clementines
  • Apples

2. Lemon Basil Hummus



  • 2 15.5 oz cans chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained, juice reserved
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Take a look how to prepare hummus.

3. Cheese Popcorn



  • 1 full-size bag microwave popcorn (alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of whole kernels on the stove to make your popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)

4. Oven-Dried Sweet Potato Chips



  • Two large sweet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices.

5. Vegan Wraps



  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts (or a few leaves of green lettuce or both)
  • 2 to 4 tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices

What’s your favorite travel snack? Let us know!

Travel Safely with Economy Rent a Car

We would like our customers to know what is being done so that they can have the safest, and most pleasant rental experience with Economy Rent a Car. This bulletin aims to detail how we are proactively implementing very strict safety protocols and taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers during these unprecedented times.

Please note our procedures are constantly updated based on federal and local authorities, with the goal to minimize, and ultimately, eliminate the propagation of the Covid19 virus. 

What are we doing? 

  • Additional products customers may or may not select are being cleaned after each rental. This includes car seats, GPS devices, toll passes, equipment racks, WiFi hot spots, etc.
  • Signage has been posted on shuttles to encourage employees and customers to social distance and wear masks.
  • Safety measures such as masks, cleaning supplies and at least 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizing products have been provided for employees.
  • At least 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizing products are offered and easily accessible to customers.
  • Our cleaning staff is applying strict health protocols recommended by both local and federal agencies including:
    • Extensive and regular cleaning of areas of high transit as well as rental counter and employee desks.
    • Ensuring that cleaning products are readily available to our staff.
    • Cleaning frequently used items including:
      • Telephones
      • Keyboards and mouse
      • Doorknobs
      • Door handles
      • Handrails
      • Seats Windows
      • Luggage storage
      • Bells Pens
      • Door
      • Countertops
      • Kiosks
  • All employees are applying strict protocol, which consists in them:
    • Constantly washing hands especially when:
      • Attending a customer (without gloves)
      • Coming in to work.
      • After sneezing.
      • Returning from lunch or car deliveries.
    • Avoiding touching their face.
    • Using cough and sneezing protocols.
    • Applying social distancing when greeting customers and fellow employees.
    • Using new gloves when possible and properly discarding them immediately after customer interactions.
  • Our car wash and maintenance teams have implemented new procedures including:
    • Using gloves when servicing vehicles.
    • Internal areas are mandated to be disinfected, putting special effort in zones like the steering wheel, handles, gear shift, doors, keys, seat belts, driver controls, buttons, latches, consoles, radio, climate controls, vents, seat adjustments, cup holders, glove compartments, arm rest and trunk area.
    • Using hospital grade disinfectants to sterilize vehicles 
    • Fumigating cars, when possible, with hospital grade disinfectants.
  • The following changes have been made to the rental facilities to increase social distancing by:
    • Allowing the fewest number of customers and staff in the office during the rental process.
    • Placing acrylic shields on all rental counters.
    • Spacing customers 6 feet apart in lines, seating areas and rental counters.
    • Implementing work-from-home policies for every employee whose responsibilities allow for them to do so.
    • Posting material in prominent locations to encourage customers and staff to take extra precautions and follow company guidelines.
  • To reduce the risk of interactions we have instituted a flexible sick policy and response plan to be proactive in the event of coming in contact with someone who may have Covid19:
    • Monitor employees or customers that presents flu-like symptoms.
    • Asking customers that present flu-like symptoms to wait outside.
    • Asking coworkers with flu-like symptoms to return home.
    • Establishing a safe place for customers who fall ill to wait for medical assistance. 

Finally, we have placed committees in each location responsible for ensuring that these policies are carried out during each shift.

Cancel or modify your reservation

We understand the situation that travelers are going through and the implications it may have on itineraries. That is why, Economy Rent a Car will reimburse its customers for any of the following reasons: 

  • Flight cancellation and/or customer could not get to the rental location
  • Natural disaster prevented travel
  • Illness prevented travel
  • Death in the family prevented travel
  • Jury duty prevented travel
  • Economy was unable to fulfill the customer reservation (example no vehicle available)
  • Any action due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a customer chooses to change the date of their reservation the handling fee will be waived but may be subject to a rate adjustment. For date change please contact 1 877 326 7368. To process a refund if you have any problems with your reservation please email customercare@economyrentacar.com.

The entire Economy family is thankful for the doctors, nurses, first responders, researchers, and public servants who are working to make others’ lives better and get us all through these difficult times.

Going forward we will continue to look for ways to improve our service and rise to the challenge that this moment in time presents. 

7 alternative activities to do during the quarantine

If you are going through the quarantine at home and feel like there is nothing else to do apart from watching series and movies, here is a list of different and entertaining things you can do:

1. Take out your board games


Now that your family is staying at home, it’s the perfect time to dust off your favorite board games and gather them all to play. Just don’t get too competitive and let your family members win once in a while. This can be an activity that helps you get together as a family and have a good time.

2. Do exercise


Take advantage of the fact that fitness apps now have offers or are even free, to encourage people to stay at home. For example, Chris Hemsworth during this quarantine period put his routines for free in the Centr app. Sign up before March 31 on their website: https://centr.com/join-us. There are also gyms that are making live videos on their different social networks, to keep you active during this quarantine

3. Put your things in order.

You might always postpone tidying up your room or your desk at home because your work or studies were taking your time, but now is the ideal time to do it. To inspire you, here you have a video with hacks to organize your room.

4. Read a printed book


A totally screen-free activity. Take advantage of the sunlight and sit in your favorite chair to read that book you always wanted to start or finish, while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.

5. Cook new recipes

Bring out your inner chef and dare to try new food recipes. You can try recipes from the Middle East, Europe… the world is the limit. Here you have the Tasty channel, where you can find thousands of quick and easy recipes. 

6. Dedicate yourself to art


Painting and drawing is not just for the little ones. This activity will bring you many benefits: it will help you relax and improve your concentration. If you have a printer and colored pencils, here is a page where you can download and print images of all kinds to color.

7. Share time with your pets

We bet that, at this moment where you spend your time indoors, your pets are happy and in a good mood right next to you. Don’t forget about these little ones and take time for them. Find their favorite toys and play with them, give them a bath with warm water or even go further and practice new activities with them such as doing yoga with your pet. 

What other activities do you recommend doing in this quarantine?

5 movies to fuel your wanderlust

We’ve selected some of the best travel movies ever for you. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, you can’t go wrong with this collection of amazing movies:

1. Into The Wild

This is a great move for you if you’re a nature lover who likes camping and exploring outdoors. Christopher, the main character, travels to Alaska to live in the wilderness. This movie is a powerful exploration of human desire and the kindness of strangers.

2. Little Miss Sunshine

This movie will take you back to your family road trips and to your very firsts adventures. This comedy portrays a family as they come together to jump in a VW bus to drive the youngest child on a cross-country trip to the finals of a beauty pageant she’s competing in..

3. Y tu mamá también

This is a coming-of-age road trip movie. The story will remind you about your firsts trips and adventures with your friends. It’s a classic movie from contemporary Mexican cinema that turned Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal into international stars.

4. The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries is based on a motorcycle trip taken by two friends in 1953 from Brazil to Peru. The two characters explore South America and find themselves reconsidering their own values. This story certainly fuels your eagerness to explore.

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel 

This film will transport you to amazing snowy landscapes and towns with spectacular architecture. This funny story is a great motivator for you to start planning that Eurotrip that you’ve always wanted.  



 What other travel movies do you recommend? Tell us in the comment section!

10 tips to take care of your health on your next trip

Traveling requires a lot of planning for all to go the best way possible. However there´s always a subject that we don´t usually pay too much attention: our health.

That´s why we share with you these 10 tips to take care your health during your trip:

¡Before the expected journey!

1. Investigate about your destination.


This is the first step to know what considerations and type of clothing you need to wear. For example knowing if you can drink water from the pipe or not, food considerations, where`s the nearest hospital from the place you are staying.

2. Get a doctor’s appointment.

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You can evaluate your physical state (in case there´s some physical activity on your destination), besides you can learn what precautions you must have on your destination.

3. Buying travel insurance.


A travel insurance can save you from a big spending in case you have to visit a hospital or even when the airline lost your luggage.

4. Pack according to your destination.


Not just as clothes matters, but buying pills and medicines (against muscular pains, flues, nausea, any illness that may affect you during your trip).

5. Check if the place you are going requires a special vaccine to visit.


Every countries embassy`s has this kind of information. With a short visit or phone call they can confirm this or any other question you may have.

¡During your trip!

6. Don´t exceed with alcoholic beverages and food.


You are in a new place, where you nearly don´t know anybody, don´t put yourself in a vulnerable situation like this.

7. Use always insects repellent. 

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Avoid nasty burns (especially in sunny destinations), sickness or allergic reactions transmitted by mosquito bites.

8. Keep in mind your medical history for the activities you will be doing. 


For example if you have a delicate stomach don´t try very exotic or spice food.

9. Keep yourself hydrated.


Not only to avoid dehydration, but to boost your energy and keep your defenses strong.

10. Stay alert on the signals your body is giving you.

painStrange pains, dizziness and generally irregular sensations can be a clue that something is not entirely right with you.


Once you get home and the days after, put attention to any strange felling you may have. Sometimes some sickness and reactions take a couple of days to manifest.

Remember that doesn´t matter the destination you are going, Economy Rent a Car offers the safest vehicles so you can have a worry-free travel.






The definitive plan to save money for your dream trip

It doesn’t matter if you want weekend trip or travel for weeks or even months … we’ll show you an effective plan to save money for that trip you’ve been craving so much.

To get started:

Track your spending

Try to track of how much money you spend weekly or monthly. You can use an excel file or mobile apps like Dollar Bird to keep the record. You’ll realize how much you spend on things that aren’t that necessary.

Make a budget

You could define an amount for your monthly expenses and divided it into general items such as: food, nights out, trips, clothing, transportation, among others.

Set realistic goals

Ideally, this budget should be less than what you normally spend. Saving 10 or 15% of your monthly income is a good goal.

Tips to save money

So, you already established a budget and savings goals … Now you may be asking yourself: “how do I make it work?” We present the tips for you to achieve your saving goals:

1. Cook more


Avoid going out to dinner or ordering express food. Isn’t it fun and healthy to cook with your partner and/or  friends?

2. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions


You don’t need to be subscribed to media or streaming services that you barely use.

3. Buy less clothes


Do you need that quantity of shoes or so many scarfs? Maybe you don’t get to use them that often or at all.

4. Walk more, use the bicycle or public transportation


No doubt using your car may be more convenient but using other forms of transportation can help you to save money an to stay healthier!

5. Reduce weekend nights out


You can watch movies at home or invite your friends and family to visit you instead of going out and spend money.

We hope that the trip of your dreams come true with this plan we designed for you. Remember, you can count on our cars. Book here.

8 tips to travel more

Haven’t you traveled before? Do you think you’re not traveling enough? Never it’ s too late to get started to experience the passion of traveling! Take a look at these tips to encourage yourself to change your lifestyle and travel more.

1. Save money for traveling 

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Made up a plan with realistic goals to save money for your travels or vacations. You could set weekly or monthly goals in order to collect savings. Take a look at this plan to save money for traveling more

2. Look for ecotourism destinations


Ecotourism tours, accommodations and restaurants are generally cheaper; besides you can support local families and small businesses or entrepreneurs. Check out these ecotourism options to to see some extreme and beautiful natural wonders.

3. Try to travel with your partner, family or friends


Traveling alone is such a good experience, but traveling with company could make you save money and get good tips from your travel companions if they have previous experience. 

4. Make the most of the weekends and holidays


If you study or work on a full time shift, spending the entire weekend in your bed watching Netflix sounds tempting. But make the effort to plan a trip and get up early on Saturday or Sunday may be worth it. What about a road trip? We’ve prepared this list of the 6 things that you must have on your next roadtrip.

5. Travel in low season


Naturally, low seasons mean low demand in terms of plane tickets, train tickets, and accommodations. You could get great rates and deals.

6. Visit cheap destinations


Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe have a lot of options for the savers. You will fill your desire for adventure overseas without emptying your wallet! Take a look at these low budget destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

7. Subscribe to travel blogs

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Travel blogs are a fantastic source of inspiration. They’re a great way to figure out where you want to travel and how you can save money as well.

8. Priorize travel over anything else 


If you really want to travel, then you will probably have to make some sacrifices in other parts of your life. You might have to say no to eating our or go shopping, or you should have to wake up early on weekends. But will be worth!

What other tips do you recommend to travel more? Tell us in the comment section!



Rent a car with us and travel more! Book here.

5 consejos para explorar nuevos lugares

¿Qué hacés cuando llegás a un lugar por primera vez? ¿Cómo decidís qué actividades hacer o qué lugares visitar para descubrir ese nuevo destino? Te presentamos los mejores consejos para explorar y tener la oportunidad de conocer la esencia de ese nuevo lugar que visitás:

1. Aprendé algo del idioma del lugar


Memorizar algunas palabras y frases pueden ayudarte a comunicarte mejor con los locales y moverte con más confianza. Anótalas en una libreta o en tu teléfono, podés investigar de previo cuáles son las más comunes y más útiles.

2. Visitá un mercado local


Es una gran oportunidad para aprender más de la cultural local desde un punto de vista único. Una visita a un mercado es una una forma de estimular tus sentidos. Así también podrás apoyar la economía local de emprendedores y pymes, como: artesanos, pintores, escultores, grupos folklóricos y artistas en general.

3. Hablá y hacete amigo de los locales

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Si tenés la suerte de tener amigos locales viviendo ahí o sos muy sociable y hacés amigos rápido, ¡aprovechá! Los locales te llevarán a lugares pocos visitados y que no están en las listas de lugares turísticos.

4. Comé donde comen los locales, ¡o tomá una clase de cocina!


Preguntá a los locales por los mejores lugares para probar comidas típicas y auténticas. Otra opción más aventurera es que tomés clases de cocina.

5. No planifiqués de más


Es bueno contar con un plan para aprovechar el tiempo, pero no te obsesiones con cumplirlo al pie de la letra. Es bueno que te des una tarde o un día libre para fluir sin planes y explorar. ¿Necesitás un vehículo para explorar con libertad y flexibilidad¿ ¡Reservá ya con nosotros!  

Nuevos lugares te están esperando con nuevas aventuras y sorpresas. ¿Qué estás esperando?

8 travel safety tips you should know

f you’re about to prepare a trip abroad you must take several precautions before and during your trip. But don’t panic! Those precautions are to ensure that everything will go well with your travel plans.

We prepare 10 safety tips to keep you in mind on your next trip:

Before travelling

1. Check the safety of your destination

The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country can have a list of the places they recommend traveling with caution or not visiting at all. Check this info before making a decision.

2. Prepare supporting documents

We already tell you the essential items you shouldn’t forget in your suitcase. Among them are printed documents with itinerary confirmations, as well as copies of your passport. These backup documents can also be kept in your email.

3. Inform your family or trusted people about your trip

Email your family or friends about your general travel itinerary.

4. Meet the most common scams


Regardless of where you travel, there may be people who want to cheat in different ways. The best thing is to find out the possible scams that occur in your destination, but the most common scams in general are:

-Broken Taxi Meter

-Free handicrafts or “gifts” that then charge you.

-Fake police officers that steal your personal documentation and money.

During the trip

5. Keep your belongings safe

Monitor your luggage very well, especially crowded or busy places such as train stations. Avoid carrying many pieces of luggage or suitcases that give the impression that you are carrying things of value.

6. Ask locals for advice

Most of local people in many the places are friendly and can tell you which areas or neighborhoods are safe and which ones to avoid or walk with caution.

7. Keep emergency cash


We know that you’ll be very cautious, but if you lose your purse with money and bank cards, it is best to keep emergency cash in some “secret place”. You can keep it in your clothes in a secret pocket or in an unexpected place like the case of your glasses.

8. Use reliable services

Services of lodging, tours, shuttle, or car rental do it with companies with endorsement that offer you security. In Economy we have more than 30 years of experience providing the service of vehicle rental nationwide and in more than 30 countries. You can rent here.


Remember that doesn´t matter the destination you are going, Economy Rent a Car offers the safest vehicles so you can have a worry-free travel.


Ecotourism: 5 trip options for being a responsible traveler

Even more travelers are seeking for destinations committed to positive social and environmental impact. Are you one of them? If so, ecotouristic options should be on your next trip.

What exactly is Ecotourism?

According to The International Ecotourism Society, Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that preserve the environment, sustain the well-being of the local people, and involve interpretation and education”.

A destination could be called an ecotouristic option if they allow you to visit natural areas while controlling energy, water, and landfill waste during your stay.

Explore ecotourism around the world

The following destinations not only allow you to see some extreme and beautiful natural wonders, they also ensure you do it in a responsible way.

1. Monteverde Country Lodge in Costa Rica

Located in the cloud forest, Monteverde Country Lodge is 100% committed to the environment, its proper use and conservation. They’re taking part in a national initiative sponsored by the Government of Costa Rica to become a Carbon Neutral country in 2021.

Monteverde is the best place in Costa Rica to practice canopy and enjoy the beautiful route of the hanging bridges through the cloud forest.

Do you need a car to travel to Monteverde? Rent it with us!

2. Tongariro National Park Villages in New Zealand

The Village is located near the base of Mt Ruapehu, inside the Tongariro National Park which is a dual UNESCO World Heritage Area. The Village offers accommodation, bars and restaurants, transport, guided walks, guided bike rides, guided kayak trips and so on.

Tongariro desert is a destination of adventure and contrasts: from active volcanoes to lush forests and snowy peaks.

We have 4 different locations in New Zealand. Check them out.

3. Banff Aspen Lodge in Canada

Specifically located near Banff Alberta, Banff Aspen Lodge incorporates low-flow toilets, motion sensor lighting in the hallways, and biodegradable amenity containers.

Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. This park is a fascinating place with beautiful lakes, mountains, forest areas, glaciers, and icefields.

Canada is a great country to tour by car. Quote a car with us.

4. Camp Cabarita Eco Resort in Jamaica

¿Would you like to practice yoga next to a river surrounded by tropical flora? Camp Cabarita, with over 400 feet of frontage on the Cabarita River, offers you the opportunity to do so. Camp Cabarita makes emphasis in minimalist comfort and sustainable, practical luxury.

Jamaica is best known for its paradisiacal beaches, but it is much more than that.  You can hike Blue Mountains or explore the large biodiversity in Cockpit Country.

Craving to visit Jamaica? We provide you with the car.

5. Arctic SnowHotel in Finland

Constructed entirely by snow and ice, Arctic SnowHotel consists of ice suites, ice bars, igloo bedrooms and a sauna. Besides staying in a hotel build completely from environment-friendly materials you will have the chance to admire the impressive northern lights.

Finland is a country with strong and successful environmental policies, that’s why pretty much all the tourism is eco-friendly. In summer you can do some hiking or get on a bike to explore the countryside. During winter, skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities.

We have a location right at Helsinki International Airport. Book a car now!

What do you think about ecotourism? Tell us 🙂