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The benefits of renting a car for your holiday

Holidays are a much-needed break to forget the mundane routine of 9 to 5 - we have many cars to help you on your travels. If you are the type of traveller who likes to take things at your own pace, then hiring a car is the perfect option for you. Say goodbye to racing to catch the coach or day trips on a hot sweaty bus; just simply enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your own car.

Hiring a car gives you a sense of freedom you otherwise wouldn't have achieved using public transport. Go out of the public transport boundaries and explore new areas you would have never seen on a train. Stay out after dark, not worrying about the last bus back to your hotel. Relax in style in one of our new green cars.

We all know that travelling with young children can be a complicated experience at the best of times, by renting a car you can minimise the effort needed. Personally, we feel it’s essential to rent a car whilst travelling with small children - why make things more difficult than they need to be? Suitcases, pushchairs and car seats; all possible to travel with, in one of our spacious green cars.

Whilst you may think that hiring a car would be the more expensive option, more often than not it doesn't work out that way. Once you factor in train, taxi and bus fares, the cost starts to add up. Let alone the stress of public transport!

Exploring a new country is part of the fun of travelling abroad, so it's important to make sure you are doing it in the easiest and most comfortable way.

Visit our locations page to find out where our branches are worldwide; receive a quote on 'make a booking' and be blown away with the ease of hiring 'Green'.

World's best islands for holidays in 2015

There is nothing more important than booking the right destination for your annual holiday. Here we have put together a list from TripAdvisor for the world's best islands for holidays in 2015.

1. Providenciales island, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

Beautiful Providenciales is the most tourist-friendly island in Turks and Caicos. The northern side of the island boasts beautiful beaches, a coral reef and some fascinating sealife.

2. Maui, Hawaii

The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui is just 727 square miles of varied terrain that is perfect for all sorts of activities including water sports, mountain biking and hikes.

3. Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

The largest of the Honduras Bay islands, Roatan is known for its white sand beaches, pine forests and mountainous areas. The island is now also home to a number of upmarket hotel resorts.

4. Santorini, Greece

Santorini appeared as the result of a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, which created its volcanic cliffs and blackened coastline. Historic towns with whitewashed buildings dot the coastline and make it one of the most recognisable islands in the world. For Car hire in Greece, get a quote here

5. Ko Tao (aka Turtle Island), southern Thailand

Ko Tao remains relatively unscathed by tourism. The island is a scuba diving hotspot and also an important breeding area for turtles.

6. Madeira, Portugal

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean best known for its wine, beautiful landscapes and embroidery trade.

7. Bali, Indonesia

Home to stunning beaches, clear waters and plenty of opportunity for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

8. Mauritius, Indian Ocean

This island nation in the Indian Ocean is a veritable paradise of clear blue waters, white sand beaches and tropical scenery. Along with a host of historical sites the island is also home a number of luxury hotels. 

9. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Part of the Leeward group of the Society Islands, the iconic over-the-water bungalows that characterise the island are known the world over.

10. Fernando de Noronha, northeast of Brazil

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is a designated World Heritage Site thanks to its environment.

Maltese Sunshine

Malta is a hugely popular summer destination, unsurprising with over 300 days of sunshine a year, crystal clear Mediterranean oceans and golden beaches. For the more culturally inclined, Malta is an island with huge historic relevance; most notably it was the home of the Knights of St John.

Malta’s capital Valletta has kept its medieval style, built in the 16th century it is a gorgeous amalgamation of sun kissed historical architecture. Considered a UNSCO heritage site, the city has the highest concentration of historical sites in the world. There is a multitude of imposing buildings including St Johns and St Pauls Cathedral's, St Johns is supposedly built on the ruins of a Roman Governors Villa which dates back to 60AD; history is inescapable here.

Malta is renowned for its sun, and rightly so. Places such as the Blue Lagoon, in the western portion of the island, provide some of the bluest waters and best swimming in the world. The history below the waves almost matches the treasures on the island. Malta is world class for diving, everything from sunken ships to crashed WW2 bombers rest around these islands. The other settlements around the Island also provide delights, much more history and with all that sun cocktails do seem in order…Corks bar in Bulluta Bay provides the best.

Take a hike to visit to the Dingli cliffs or grab rich cup of coffee in St Julian's whilst looking over the coast. You might even spot boats taking holiday makers to the island of Gozo.

Malta is a combination of beautiful sun and beaches and a historical goldmine. Catch every ray and explore the island by car with a Green Motion convertible Renault Megane.

Beautiful Italia

The mercurial home of passion, Italy is a costal finger of beauty and romance. Roman history shaped the world and Italian culture still has a profound impact on modern life.

Starting in the north Milan is the worldwide epicentre of fashion and design. An industrial city, which lacks some of the grace of Italy’s southern towns, Milan is a contrasting place. Football is the city's true religion whilst the Duomo gothic Cathedral is a magnificent shrine to the supposed one. 

To the east lies Venice, the most romantic place on the planet. Intricate waterways cut through white marble renaissance architecture. Stunning food and wine all interspersed with true Italian magic – from the traditional glass blowing shops to the opera, Venice is pure Italy.

Further south Florence is an artistic feast. The home of the Renaissance, art runs through Florence’s veins. From Cathedrals to galleries, to the streets itself. Florence’s artistic beauty is hardly matched anywhere in the world. 

Fairly central lays Rome itself. The seat of the greatest empire of all time and home to the leader of one of the world’s biggest religions. Rome is a seemingly endless collection of treasures. St Peters Square, the Colosseum and the Vatican are breath taking, whilst the Sistine Chapel's ceiling is a beauty like no other. Rome is modern as well and home to big night clubs, coffee bars and new business which all give the ancient Roman magic a modern spring.

Finally, nestled on the south eastern coast, lies Naples. Naples doesn’t have the shine or glitz of the northern cities; in fact many see it as run-down. However, Naples provides a true taste of modern Italian culture, its architecture can compete with the best and its food is the best. Naples provides a proper example of real Italian life which, whilst loosing no romance or charm, doesn’t have the wealth or status of some of Italy’s previous inhabitants.

Italy has seemingly endless wonders and this blog does it no justice. The best way to see it is to tour it. There can be nothing better than cruising around Tuscany in a beautiful car, rent yours with Green Motion.

The Green Motion Ultimate Car Rental Checklist

Here at Green Motion we understand that car hire can sometimes be a slightly daunting prospect; we don’t think it should be! Hiring a car should be about cruising the hills of Tuscany, slipping through the streets of Zagreb or tackling the tundra of Iceland, not fumbling around with documents at the airport. To solve this problem we’ve created the ultimate car hire checklist, which displays exactly what you need – no matter where you’re from, or where you’re hiring.

UK Resident Hiring in UK

If you’re a UK resident hiring in the UK this is what’s required:

  • Driving Licence Card - if you have a paper driving licence from before 1998 this is still valid, but the DVLA recommends you apply for a card to replace this
  • DVLA check code (which is acquired from the DVLA website) - this is optional but can be useful to have with you
  • National Insurance Number
  • Credit card
  • Utility Bill
  • Passport

UK Resident Hiring from International Branch

If you’re a UK resident hiring at one of our international branches this is what’s required:

  • Driving Licence Card - if you have a paper driving licence from before 1998 this is still valid, but the DVLA recommends you apply for a card to replace this
  • DVLA check code (which is acquired from the DVLA website) - this is optional but can be useful to have with you
  • Credit card
  • Passport

International Resident Hiring in the UK

If you’re an international customer hiring at one of our UK branches this is what’s required:

  • Driving Licence Card
  • Credit Card
  • Passport
  • Utility Bill

International Resident Hiring from International Branch

If you’re an international customer hiring at one of our international branches this is what’s required:

  • Driving Licence Card
  • Credit Card
  • Passport

Here at Green Motion we endeavour to make your rental experience as easy as possible. Simply collect these items and arrive in plenty of time at one of our rental desks and you’ll be on the road, snaking through mountains or gliding past the beach in no time.