Driving Tours, Hawaii B&B, and More

If the thought of enduring another winter is more than you can bear, Mexico driving tours or a stay at a Hawaii B&B are possible alternatives.


| November/December 1980



064 getting there

You don't have to go by foot. Driving tours can be affordable too.


ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

With the coming of winter weather, folks are bound to daydream about slipping away to warmer climes where high home heating costs are nonexistent. Well, here are some tips that just might help you make such a fantasy come true!

Mexico Driving Tours

You may think that soaring fuel prices have made long car trips a thing of the past, but "the good old days" still exist south of the border with — at the time of this writing — regular gasoline selling at 68¢ (U.S.) a gallon and no-lead for about 80¢. Better yet, a joint program — developed by Pemex, Mexico's government oil company, and the Department of Tourism — is in the process of modernizing the country's 3,000 gas stations ... supplying them with hotel and restaurant information and lists of points of interest.

One unique feature of Mexican driving tours is the nation's free rescue service. Department of Tourism staff members known as "Green Angels" patrol all major highways from about 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (and, because of the unexpected wild and domestic animals that can pop out in front of your headlights without warning, it's not really a good idea to drive Mexican roads after dark). All assistance given by the "Angels" is free, and spare parts are provided at cost.

Mexican auto insurance is a must, however, since a U.S. policy isn't valid abroad. (You can simply purchase your insurance right at the border. The most popular company seems to be Sanborn's.)

Thrifty Is as Thrifty Does

If you want to fly across the Rio Grande and then rent a car in Mexico (or if you want just temporary transportation in the U.S. or Canada, for that matter), check out Thrifty Rent-A-Car which (at the time this article is being written) will provide a Citation or similar car — with insurance and unlimited mileage — for only $23 per day.

One of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' staffers, who recently used Thrifty during a long trip in the western U.S., reports: "There was no question as to which was the best rental car agency to work with, at least under the conditions in which I was traveling.





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