Going on vacation is all about relaxing in comfort and style. You do careful research when you reserve a hotel room, book a flight, plan an excursion, and make dinner reservations – so why not put the same care and consideration into choosing your rental car? I’ll give you some tips today to help you choose the right vehicle for your vacation, so your journeys can be memorable from start to finish.

First, consider how many people are going on vacation with you and what type of trip it is. You’ll probably want a very different type of car for a romantic getaway or a family ski lodge adventure or a surf trip with your college buddies. One size does not fit all, and you want to eliminate vehicles that won’t suit your needs. Figure out how many seats you need and go from there.

Then, think about what excites you! Is there a dream vehicle you’ve always wanted to test out, or something you could never afford or justify owning that fills you with delight? Vacations are the time for luxury vehicles, for open-air Jeeps, sexy convertibles, and for flashy motorcycles. Don’t think about what you’re used to driving – dream a little, and think about where you want to spend your time. If this is a vacation without the kids, skip the backseats and go for something fancy and cozy. Your rental car should feel as exciting as your resort and your four-course-meal. If it’s not, you’re doing it wrong.

Now that you have a solid idea of what you want, it’s time to make those ideas more solid. Check out a site like cars.com, which can provide the details of just about any car that exists. It can give you the specs on classic roadsters and the most modern luxury vehicles, with an easy comparison tool that will let you narrow down your choices with ease. This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process, and it’s so useful to double check their expert reviews and their videos to make sure that the car in your dreams matches the cars that exist in reality. That way you won’t be let down when you arrive at the rental car office and realize you got a model with no auxiliary jack, a color that seemed more fun in your imagination, or a car from the year they didn’t include sunroofs.

Once you’ve got a car picked out, go price shop at the websites for the rental car companies in your vacation area. You get bonus points if you can get your rental vehicle bundled with your hotel and flight, or if you can accrue reward points by being a loyal customer of one company. But remember that those really are just bonuses: if they don’t have the car you really want available, it’s probably not worth the few dollars you’d save. This is vacation – treat yourself. It’ll feel worth it in the long run.

And that’s it! It really is that simple. Just follow those easy steps and your vacation will escalate to the next level. Your friends will be jealous, your family will be impressed, and most importantly you will feel comfortable, stylish, and carefree when you take off in your dream vacation rental car.