Hi all, So after doing a lot of road trips around the world in various different cars, I had assumed that everyone could very easily figure out how to hire a car abroad, it's pros & cons ... and driving rules. (btw I'm not sure where to post this ... so I've currently posted it in Travelogues around the world. My request to the moderators to kindly shift it to the appropriate place) Then I came across this article in Hindustan Times about it around a month back. And I realized that it was just total crap! They had given plain wrong information about the rules of an International Driving Permit (IDP) (they actually called it an international license in the article & went ahead & said that if you have one, you don't need your own countries license!!!). So I thought I should just post / start a kinda international driving 101 to help everyone who wants to drive abroad. Firstly, why drive abroad? I can think of several reasons why I would do it: 1. Having your own car gives you great flexibility 2. You can reach places where public transport is either infrequent or non-existent 3. It's much easier to manage luggage 4. For all those out there who love driving like I do, just the driving part will 'make' your trip I can think of several more. But instead of harping about the pros & pros, let me jump into the practicalities. 1. For hiring a car abroad, you will need these things without fail. If you don't have even 1 of these, you mostly won't be able to get a car: (I will cover EACH point in detail in a bit) a. An international credit card in your name. b. Your local driving license c. In case you are going to a country which doesn't inherently speak English, you will need an IDP (International Driving Permit) (or in some cases, if the car hire company *specifically* asks for an IDP in spite of speaking English) 2. You will need to book your car online. All major car companies like Hertz, Avis, Dollar / Thrifty, Budget etc. have their own websites. You can either compare the rates individually, or use a website like www.expedia.com to compare the rates for you. You can also book via expedia / other broker sites ... or directly from the company site. Internationally, hiring a car without a 'chauffeur' is the norm. It will be terribly expensive to have a driver out there & it kinda defeats the purpose completely. Now let me give out tips & let me explain the terms that people use to 'understand' the mysteries of car hire.