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Car Hire, Car Hire. Pants on fire

A colleague intends to go to California on vacation with his older kids but his travel agent – how quaint – did not book the air tickets as intended so they lost out the original ultra-cheap fares.

My Augustine advice was book it yourself and gave a demo of Google.com/flights as a wonderful and quick search tool. His intent was to fly into LAX but fly back out of SFO.

My sage advice was that would cost more on the car rental where they’d charge a fee for dropping it off at a different location. “Here let me demonstrate”, I said. Ta da, The fares from pick up / drop off at LAX. Ta da, the fares from pick up LAX/ drop off at SFO.

“Quod erat demonstrandum...”Price comarison : LAX-LAX vs LAX-SFO

“Oh, What the fire truck. That is NOT what I expected”. It’s almost 50% cheaper to drop off at SFO instead of returning it back to LAX !

Just to be sure it wasn’t a breezenet site issue, we checked out Avis site direct : Same thing where it was cheaper to to LAX ->SAT instead of LAX t-> LAX. btw: The pre-pay was only a 10% saving on Avis.com not the 30%, I previously had observed.

Just to prove out my prior experience of doing a one way SAT->Houston cost me a premium. Same site/ same dates, shows that is still the case.


I give in.

Next time, Maybe I’ll just shut up and let people deal with their travel agents. How quaint indeed.

Reviewing the Reviewers

Roam's Janus: God of beginnings and transitions.

Roam’s Janus: God of beginnings and transitions. He has two faces, one to the past, the other to the future.

Just as there are two sides to every argument, so there are two sides to every review. One person’s “Must see” is another’s “Get me out of here now”. What may be scenic view with tranquility in the countryside is another’s boring place devoid of nightlife.

Just remember that travel information: What you think you read, maybe not what you get with travel experiences. That Ying may turn out to be a Yang. The Wunderbar maybe a Mein Gott.

Here in Roam, we will try reflect that and attempt to see both sides of a place / attraction.

Recently were looking at booking a cruise and saw mostly positive reviews. However the few negative reviews we saw, made us realize that we would hate that particular cruise offering. Don’t  automatically go with the crowd on the reviews. Be your own independent judge on what you looking for.




Holding out for a Nero

NeroRoads-2-Roam is pleased to announce an addition to our Emperor team : Germanicus Claudius Caesar Elvius Jonpaulus Georgio Ringo Edwardo Van Nero.

Nero will joining in the role as Roam’s Music editor, where he is a bit of a musician himself: he wrote a song about Pompeii called “Eruption”.

Nero will also be our leader for Festivals, concerts and music venues.

Watch this space: Coming very soon will be his song lists related to Travel. As Bowie said..

Oh we can be Neroes,
just for one day.

Feed THEM to the Lions !

Today Roam opened our Coliseum. The Coliseum will be the place for the crowd games.

It will also be our place for getting back on those who disrespect Roam’ns and fellow travelers.

Afterall, having a wall of shame is SO passive. Dare we say it for pussy cats. Roam’s felines are much bigger than that.

Our base is lower than publicly shaming.  We want REVENGE. We want virtual GORE. We want to see them TORN APART.

From Roads-2-Roam. I present ROADS-2-ROAR !!!!

Lets the games begin.



The Roam’n Forum

The Forum is where Roam’ns comment, give advice and contribute to our travel information Empire. While the staff may be wary of visiting during the Ide’s of March, it is the place for Roam’n Citizens meet and interact.

We actively encourage participation. Indeed, the more you contribute, the more your status will increase.  The ultimate rank is a Senator. What is more  is that on our own discretion, we will honor notable forum members with a good old fashioned triumph through the virtual streets of Roam. Hey, how many other websites offer that !