Use Your Smartphone for Navigation

Except in luxury and premium rental car categories, GPS is seldom included in the price of a European rental car. The cost to add navigation—often a portable device rather than factory installed—ranges from about $5 to $25 per day. Even after you pay, your troubles aren't over. You may get one that is difficult to set up or doesn't work properly because it's been abused by previous renters. But you don't have to worry about any of that long as you take your smartphone to Europe. You see Google announced today that it isn't necessary to have an Internet connection to use its super app, Google Maps. That's right, turn-by-turn directions, no Internet required. For step-by-step directions on how to make the app work on your phone, see the Google Blog Post.