Sondra (greengalnblack) wrote in curious_tourist,


For you domestic travelers, hopefully this will be useful information!

Last weekend, we rented a car from Dollar Rent a Car at the San Jose airport. The desk clerk who rented the car to us, Erlie, was really helpful and pleasant (above what I would expect, or I wouldn't have mentioned it). The car was average, a pretty typical Dodge Stratus, but the price, $16 per day, made it worth it.

We returned the car yesterday morning, and my boyfriend realized later, when we were through airport security and buying breakfast, that he had left his watch in the console of the car. It's not a Rolex but it is a fairly nice watch, and we thoroughly expected it to be pocketed and never seen again.

I called the company and 20 minutes later, someone called back to tell me that the watch had been found! Today, someone called me to ask how I wanted the watch returned to me, and they made arrangements to have it shipped to us via DHL.

Kudos to Dollar! It takes a lot to impress me, but this level of honesty is enough to make me a loyal customer.
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Thanks for sharing that story. I have never rented from them before, but would consider it after hearing your story.
I've been guiding travel to Africa for 20-years. Free advice: Start with Morocco. Marrakech, known as the Black Pearl of Africa, is Party Central. There's good lodging for any budget, superb lodging for $30/day and up. Get into the culture: go to a hamam (steam bath), eat local, visit several Berber villages.

After you've had enough of Marrakech visit Fes, Meknes, Quarzazate, Essaouria. Cheapest way to get to Morocco is to fly to Malaga, Spain from London (traveling on Tuesday-Thursday is often cheaper). In Malaga take a bus three hours along the Costa del Sol to Algiceras and ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tanger, Morocco.

Trains and bus within Morocco are cheap and very good.

If it's exotic you're looking for you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. Moroccans are very friendly and downright creative with their hospitality.

Then go home and work and save some money and try Egypt. Have fun, we aren't here long.