How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Car For That Epic Road Trip? It's Complicated

Ad failed to load

Warmer weather is starting to seep in, and it's almost time to say ciao to the winter months. You know what that means? Spring break is almost here and it's time to start planning your trip. Some people head to Florida or the Caribbean. Some set their eyes on a European excursion. But, maybe you are afraid to fly, or you're more of the road tripping type. In which case, you may be wondering: how old do you have to be to rent a car?

A lot of rental companies require you to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. Some companies like Avis, Budget, Thrifty,Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar Rent A Car, National, Advantage, and Sixt will waive that, but at a cost, according to Smarter Travel. Because younger drivers are less experienced and, statistically, more likely to get into accidents, rental companies will place restrictions on younger renters. If you are under 25 and looking to rent a car, be ready for an extra fee of at least $25 per day, as well as restrictions on which cars you are allowed to rent. For instance, luxury cars and bigger vehicles like SUV's and vans are usually off-limits for drivers under 25, according to Smarter Travel.

USA Today suggests that you should check if your company has a corporate account. Sometimes if you are renting through them, car rental places will waive the under-25 fee. Although if you somehow have a swanky gig where they would have a corporate rental account, I'm not really sure your boss is going to like you renting a car so you and your best friend can live out the plot to Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.

Ad failed to load

If you are 21 and under, though, you are pretty much out of luck. Younger drivers pose an even higher risk, and companies often shut them out completely. Unless you are in New York or Michigan, which require companies to rent cars to people 18 and over — but possibly with even higher fees (fees in New York can be more than $100 a day extra!), according to Smart Travel.

I suggest you make some older friends really quickly, or maybe get a really sturdy bike.

Ad failed to load

Let's say you are committed to that road trip idea and don't care about the fees, or you've finagled your mom into letting you take her car for a couple weeks. Whatever the case may be, it's now time to actually plan. Even if you only have the road, there are some great spots in the U.S. that you can visit for a time so epic you'll forget all about those Caribbean dreams.

New Orleans, Louisiana

If you are looking for a destination that can satisfy all your needs, then I highly suggest NOLA. I've travelled there and it is one of my favorite places, and highly reccommended for a good time. The French Quarter is dripping with everything from awesome bars to really trendy nightclubs. After you're finished listening to some cool jazz, grab a giant hurricane (the cocktail, not the storm) and sip while you stroll down the lit-up streets. Need to refuel before another night out on the town? NOLA is filled with amazing restaurants. Make sure to check out the iconic Cafe Du Monde for hot cocoa and beignets that will make you empty your bank account, ditch your responsibilities and stay forever. Also, there are plenty of hostels you can stay at for some cheap lodging.

Ad failed to load

Las Vegas, Nevada

Do I have to say it? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Or at least that used to be the case before Instagram. But the sentiment behind those words, still holds true. Vegas is a place for glitz, glam, and debauchery. If you are looking for some epic nights you will probably forget, Vegas might just be the place for you. Some spots could be pricey to stay, but there are usually some all-inclusive packages you can find with some internet searching. Also, if you stay off the strip, prices go down, according to Budget Travel.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal can give you a taste of that European excursion you were feeling but just couldn't swing. There's French food (all the buttery croissants you can eat) and plenty of cultural places you can visit like the Notre-Dame Basilica. When you are done will all that stuff your parents would be proud of, you can take advantage of the booming nightlife. Montreal has tons of hot spots with awesome mixologists ready to serve you. Most importantly, Budget Travel says that it's a moderately priced city.

Ad failed to load

Those are just a few places that you can visit, usually by car, and feel like you got the most out of spring break. So find a way and make it happen. I believe in you. If you need me, I'll be stuffing my face with unsalted rice cakes and pretending they're beignets. Byeeee.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

I Rejected The Idea Of "The One" & Found A Whole New Method Of Self-Care

After my third date with a guy I met by swiping right, I had one question burned into my brain before I agreed to a fourth. Was he the one? Now, before you call me a total stalker, hear me out. In New York City, third dates were rare. I'm talking blo…
By Brittany Leitner

Finding Adventure In Your 20s May Be More Important Than Searching For A Soulmate

Your wanderlust is calling, so what are you waiting for? Being 20-something is all about finding your passion and purpose in life. Maybe you went to college and figured it all out between the books and long nights spent in the library. Or maybe you'r…
By Marisa Casciano

I Tried A Laughter Yoga Class & I Nearly Peed My Pants From Giggling So Hard

There's nothing funny about yoga, except for the fact that, if you look at yourself in the mirror while your body twists like a giant pretzel you'd nibble on at a baseball game, you do look kind of funny. Well, actually, you look a little like you're…
By Jen Glantz

Experts Say Doing This One Thing In The Morning Will Make You Way More Productive

I don’t know about you, but I don’t initially wake up in the morning feeling like P-Diddy; that whole “up and at ‘em” mindset takes work on weekdays. I will say, however, that I am a morning person by nature, and fully believe in the benefits of stic…
By Julia Guerra

A Psychic Read My Crystals & Said I'd Die Alone, But Then Everything Changed

I love my girlfriend for many reasons. She's the most amazing person I've ever met. She makes me feel safe. She screams the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen with me when we're riding in her car. But TBH, one of the main reasons I love her so much is th…
By Theresa Massony

This Instagram Star's Famous Lip Art Actually Has An Incredible Emotional Backstory

In a post-Kardashian world, every millennial thinks they have what it takes to go viral, but few consider what that online fame actually looks like in a person's daily life. In Elite Daily's new series, Life Behind The Likes, we speak with the people…
By Lilli Petersen

A New 'This Is Us' Theory Claims It's All Happening Inside Jack's Head & OMG

Ever since This is Us revealed how Jack died in their post-Super Bowl episode (damn you, Crock Pot) fans have been desperate to know where the show is headed — and if there are any other major twists they should be prepared for. The Season 2 finale i…
By Claire Spellberg

If You're Broke In Your 20s, You're Doing Something Right

It can be pretty disheartening when you're broke AF in your 20s. The silver lining in that constant struggle with currency is that you are doing what you want during this time of your life. Money isn't everything, and creatively and memorably using w…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

How You'll Be Proposed To, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Forever and always starts with getting down on one knee. Wedding season is right around the corner, and with it comes a lot of love stories. When you're watching the two do their first dance, or looking through old pictures, you remember where it all…
By Marisa Casciano

Gen Z Yellow Is The New Millennial Pink, So I Tried Wearing It All Over My Face

A few months ago, everything from makeup to clothes and even home appliances simply needed to be Millennial Pink. Being a millennial myself, I totally bought into the color craze, but there's a new hue (one that technically doesn't represent me at al…
By Stephanie Montes

These Theories About What Khloé Kardashian Will Name Her Baby Are So, So Good

The Kardashian family's future is most certainly female. The world was overjoyed when Kim K introduced us to her daughter, Chicago. We cried tears of joy when we found out that Kylie was in fact pregnant all along and had a baby girl named Stormi. An…
By Karen Ruffini

This Pup Is Going Viral Because People Think He Looks Like A Human

We all know our pups at home are beyond special. If you post pictures of your pet on social media in hopes that everyone notices just how cute your furry friend is, you're really not alone. You probably receive a bunch of comments with people gushing…
By Rachel Chapman

This Is What Staring At Screens All Day Could Do To Your Eyes In The Long Run

By now, you’ve probably heard all about how bad the glaring blue light from your smartphone and computer screen is for your sleep cycle. These claims are true, BTW, which means if technology has the power to creep inside your brain and mess with your…
By Julia Guerra

Kylie Jenner Finally Answers All Your Questions About Her Pregnancy & Stormi Webster

If someone has a baby, but you never got to see them go through pregnancy, were they really ever pregnant? It's a question I find myself asking over and over again since Kylie Jenner welcomed daughter Stormi Webster to the world. I'm so excited that …
By Hollee Actman Becker

These 3 Zodiac Signs Burn Through Relationships The Fastest

It's hard enough to find love in this dog-eat-dog world. You write the perfect bio for your Tinder profile, dress to impress, go on dates with strangers that your friends set you up with, even fork over thousands of dollars to a professional matchmak…
By Roya Backlund

Find Out Which 'The Office' Character You Are, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Long before mockumentary was NBC's favorite comedy style to produce, The Office introduced its fans to the groundbreaking style in its 2005 debut. Because it is such a realistic-looking show, the characters felt even more lifelike than most comedy ch…
By Kristen Perrone

Khloe Kardashian Shared Tips For Looking "Skinny AF" & People Are Pissed

Anybody interested in looking their best on social media might be curious about Khloe Kardashian's tips to "look skinny" in photos. When somebody takes a picture of me, I tell them to snap away as I strike one pose after another. When it comes to pos…
By Stephanie Montes

6 Things No One Tells You About Moving In With Your Partner That You Need To Know

If you’ve reached the point in your relationship where you find yourselves spending most of your time together — either at their place or yours — there’s a pretty big chance you’ve thought about living together. Taking this next step in your relation…
By Tayi Sanusi

How To Plan A Life-Changing Trip That'll Stick With You Long After You Return

When it comes to traveling, it seems like everyone is doing it for the 'Gram these days. As you scroll through your Instagram feed, it may seem like travel is all about getting that perfect shot or jumping from one bucket list destination to another.…
By Ciara Johnson

These 4 Celebrities Are Actually Twins & You Definitely Had No Idea

Mary-Kate and Ashley. Tia and Tamera. Dylan and Cole. There are some twins in Hollywood that have become super successful thanks to the fact that they are a pair. Two is better than one, right? But some A-listers have a twin who isn't in the public e…
By Karen Ruffini