The Insider: Do I really have to deal with the TSA?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Insider series is on managing the TSA when you travel. As always, please send me any suggestions on topics or content I may have overlooked.

One of the most common questions I get from air travelers is whether they really have to endure the searches, scans and pat-downs by the TSA.

If you’re flying, the answer is: probably.

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The Insider: Ask these questions before renting a car

Editor’s Note: Over the next few months, I’ll be publishing a series of posts on weekday afternoons about becoming a better traveler. This week we’re turning our attention to car rentals. By the way, if you see something I’ve missed in this post, please tell me in the comments or email me.

Do you need a rental car?

It seems like a no-brainer, but it really isn’t. Any time you’re traveling somewhere and you’re not in your own car, you’ll need to ask: rent or not?

The right rental vehicle can get you to your destination quickly and can give you freedom of movement when you’re on vacation. But an unnecessary car can also add to the expense of a trip, not to mention insert a layer of worry that you can probably do without.
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