Every time I travel, something bad happens. Luckily I have gotten to the point in which I can ‘roll with the punches’ and make it through the bad times. I have extremely bad luck, which definitely affected my trip to Shannon, Ireland.
First of all, our flight was delayed quite a bit. We finally land at 1020 pm and I am tired from a long day of traveling. I was beyond ready to get my rental car from Budget and get to my hotel so I could get some much-needed beauty sleep. I had to rest for a long day of driving to the Southwest of Ireland. For my first solo trip I planned to drive the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and then back up to the Cliffs of Moher. I wanted to take it easy and focus on artistic photography.
Fast forward an hour after going through customs and it was finally my turn to speak with the rental agency. I hand the woman my drivers license and she asks me what my age is. I am 23. Apologetically, she says that they do not rent to anyone under 25. Seriously? The rental agency couldn’t have told me that when I had to input my birthday to rent the car online? They couldn’t tell me before I paid? They couldn’t have put it on the site? It’s now 2320 (11:20 pm) and I’m panicking because every hotel I booked is off the beaten path (far away from bus stops). It’s my first solo trip, and I’ve just lost out on another 70 Euro. There was nothing they could do. I walked from car rental service to car rental service, none of them rented cars to people under 25.
Nearing midnight, I got a taxi to my hotel (another 20 Euro) to recoup from the activities. I scoured the internet for a car rental company that rents to Under 25s. Nothing. I went to one of my favorite travel groups Girls Love Travel and asked them all. One person even suggested hitchhiking. Many others suggested taking a bus. Busses weren’t an option due to the remote location of my hotels. Hitchhiking is absolutely not something I am comfortable with.
When I woke up the next morning at 5 am I decided to search one last time. I stumbled upon a rental company with a funny name, Dan-Dooley Car Rentals. Their site said they booked car rentals to people under 25! Somehow I seemed to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It seemed too good to be true so I hesitantly booked to pick it up at 1000 to start my adventure to the coast.
Once I arrived at Dan-Dooley I was treated wonderfully. I was helped by a friendly woman named Rachel who answered all my questions and was super friendly. She also had some of the cutest trainers I’ve ever seen. She eased all my worries and explained the policies and the insurances. Obviously, knowing my luck, I got all the insurance (and luckily I did! I got sideswiped in a hit and run by someone at the Cliffs of Moher). As I waited on my car to be cleaned and prepared, I was offered refreshments. I have never been offered that in a car rental company, ever. I waited about 15-20 minutes and was given a sweet-ass Nissan Qashqai SUV. The other worker took me out to it to show me little things I may not have known about the car (how to put it in reverse, the different parking brake, and how to open the gas tank). They went above and beyond my expectations. In fact, they even threw in a free GPS rental since I had to wait a few minutes for the car.
Booking my car rental through Dan-Dooley turned the most stressful part of my trip into a delightful experience. I sincerely credit Dan-Dooley and their amazing professionals to saving my trip from being ruined. See the photos below of all the things I wouldn’t have been able to do if Dan-Dooley didn’t exist.
As always this is my 100% opinion. I was not paid in any way, shape, or form for this post.