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Do you need insurance to rent a car?

Most renters use their personal insurance for their rental car but what if you don’t have insurance? Click to learn about your options from Avail.

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The best car rental apps for your iPhone

The best car rental apps make it easy to book a vehicle and manage your trip right from your iPhone. Here are some of the best rental car apps on the market.

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The best scenic drives near Los Angeles

Cruise along the Pacific Coast or head inland to weave through the mountains. These 15 scenic drives in and near Los Angeles are perfect for your next road trip.

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Camping hacks and tips for any camping trip

Planning a camping trip? Use these 10 tips to ensure you have what you need for a fun, comfortable outdoor adventure.

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The ultimate guide to enjoying a Chicago winter

Chicago knows about cold weather! With activities from curling to sledding and fun things to do indoors, this is the ultimate guide to enjoying a Chicago winter.

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Fun things to do in Denver during winter

From tubing to soaking in hot springs, there’s a range of fun things to do in Denver in the winter. Pack your itinerary with these top indoor and outdoor activities.

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The best places to travel for your birthday

Traveling to a new or familiar place for your birthday is a great way to enjoy the occasion. These 5 destinations are top picks for a fun getaway.

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The best tour companies and travel tips for women

There are plenty of tour options for solo female travelers and women traveling in a group. We share some top female-focused travel companies, as well as safety tips.

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The Ultimate Guide to Glamping in California

Glamping is the perfect option when you want the experience of camping without giving up the comforts of a hotel. Learn about some of the best glamping spots in Cali

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Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for Every Budget

If your dream wedding leaves you low on funds, these 9 affordable honeymoon destinations in the U.S. offer plenty of romantic experiences for those on a budget.

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The Best Hiking Trails Near Austin

Austin has plenty to offer for outdoor lovers, including a variety of hiking trails for all skill levels. Check out our guide to the 10 best hikes near Austin.

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The Best National Park Road Trips Near Los Angeles

Looking for a fun road trip filled with amazing sights close to L.A.? Click here for Avail’s list of best national park road trips near L.A.