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Renting a Car When Traveling with Kids: Everything You Need to Know

After a dozen years of traveling with kids, I’ve rented a lot of cars in my family’s travels. My husband and I have tried nearly every major car rental company from Alamo to Hertz to Enterprise. We’ve experimented with bringing our own car seats and boosters as well as with renting them from the car …

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A Quick Tip to Save on Rental Car Additional Driver Fees

I hate paying extra rental car fees.  Rental car companies are undoubtedly even worse than the airlines when it comes to extra fees.  For family travelers, you can easily be hit with fees for car seat rental, additional drivers, dropping at a different location, navigation systems, and even electronic toll passes.  And we haven’t even …

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Car Seats on Airplanes: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Part 3: At Your Destination)

We’re at the end of the three part Trips With Tykes series covering car seat use on airplanes. Thanks for following along! Today’s topic covers everything related to car seats after your plane arrives at your destination, from rental cars to car seat alternatives to missing or damaged checked seats. Follow along with the full …

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OAK vs. SFO: Why Family Travelers Should Choose To Fly Oakland Airport

San Francisco is a very popular destination for family travel.  With kid-friendly attractions, excellent food, and moderate weather, family travelers flock to the Bay Area year round.  Casual tourists are sometimes unaware, however, that the Bay Area is served by three major airports: San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC).  Many travelers, including locals traveling to …

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Tips for Car Rental with Kids: What Families Need to Consider

My travels often bring me to smaller cities without meaningful public transportation, so I often find myself in need of a car at my destination. When you are traveling with a little one (or two or three), car rentals may present whole new logistical and financial challenges. Here are some tips for what to consider …

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Bring vs. Rent: Carseats

My law school friend Lucy sent me a Facebook message today asking about a dilemma many parents traveling with children often face — do I bring my child’s carseat along as checked luggage or do I rent one along with my rental car?  (Note: If you are going on a trip to stay with family, consider whether …

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