Friday 31 August 2012

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The Rental Roundup

We've rented a lot of cars in our travels, and it's cost us lots of money. Even though I spend tons of time searching for deals and trying out every car rental code available, I'd still venture to say that we've probably spent enough on renting cars to actually buy one outright for ourselves. How I'd magically teleport that car to wherever I need it is another question (you can't drive to Hawaii), but it's still a little sobering to think of all the money spent on something we can't take home with us.

When we started renting cars though, we thought it was the coolest thing. Our early travels were sans kids, so we opted for whatever the best looking car available was whenever we needed to rent, and then we made sure to take a picture of it.

We started to take pictures of our rental cars in places that would remind us of our trip...

...but after renting quite a few, we found that we were taking pictures of our rental more to remind ourselves of what we were driving. Nothing like looking at an open surface parking lot when you can't even remember what make of car you're looking for. Thank goodness for panic alarms.

Once our kids started joining us on our journeys, the cool looking cars became less of a concern and we started looking for space...

...and eventually we decided that the easiest way to do things was just to rent a minivan. Preferably the exact same one that we had at home.

So now our vehicle rental life has become fairly boring. It's still nice to drive a newer (and much cleaner) version of our own van, but it definitely lacks the excitement of renting the sportier cars we started out with. Still, whenever I feel like I'm missing out, I think back to a certain trio of rentals early on in our car rental careers. These might not have been the flashiest or most impressive rentals that we've had, but I'll always remember them as the first three rentals after Lori quit her job as a Price is Right model...

C'mon...I know you want to say it with me..."It's a New Car!"

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby and Friday Daydreamin at R We There Yet Mom. If you didn't get here from one of those sites, you should really go check them out. There's people there whose kids can sit in the back of a normal sized car without killing each other. For a few minutes anyways.

Written by Steve Pratt