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Car Rental: 8 Common Problems

Car rental remind me of the world of politics – there’s a haze of public mistrust around both and a shared lack of transparency. Worse still, car rental goes hand in hand with car insurance, as murky a combination as a politician say… and a developer! When you’re renting a car, you think you’ve booked and paid for everything, but actually when you arrive at the car hire desk, there’s always a little surprise waiting! In the interest of ‘Buyer Beware’ we’ve put together the 8 most common problems we’ve witnessed at car rental companies. Continue reading Car Rental: 8 Common Problems

Car Seat Safety: 5 Installation Mistakes

According to the Irish Road Safety Authority, 3 out of 4 car seats are fitted incorrectly. A scary thought for the most important piece of safety equipment you will buy for your child. Car seat safety is top of the agenda at The Stork Exchange and over the years, we’ve seen the same mistakes repeated over and over. We’ve listed the top 5 most common installation mistakes people make, and how to remedy them. Continue reading Car Seat Safety: 5 Installation Mistakes

Flying Long Haul with Young Children

Allow me introduce Gillian McGoey and Donal Fitzpatrick and their three year old son Bryan. Gillian has kindly reported back on her recent trip to Australia for us in this special guest blog. It’s a really honest and insightful account of the journey and I hope, useful for anyone considering flying long haul flight with young children:) Continue reading Flying Long Haul with Young Children

Christmas Invasion! How to prepare for Grandkids visits!

The big visit… when your kids and grandkids make the trip home for Christmas and move in for a few weeks over the festive season. The prospect of it can stir up a real mixed bag of emotions from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and feeling exhausted before they’ve even arrived! Planning and preparation is the key, so here are a few tips to help you get organised in order to make the holiday, and their stay, smoother and more enjoyable… Continue reading Christmas Invasion! How to prepare for Grandkids visits!

The Causey Farm Santa “Experience”

A visit to Santa has changed so much since I was a young ‘un. It used to be a very long queue that snaked its way across the floor of Clery’s in Dublin. A hop up on Santa’s knee for all of about 35 seconds and you were packed off with a wrapped present. These days a visit to Santa isn’t really just a visit anymore. It’s an ‘experience’. So last year we decided to go the whole hog and experience it! Continue reading The Causey Farm Santa “Experience”

Family Travel Insurance – Get the right cover

Given that we live in Ireland, it is fair to say that the majority of us like to escape the weather and get a bit of guaranteed heat into our bones every year. While admittedly travel insurance is an additional cost, family travel insurance need not be hugely expensive and for the guaranteed peace of mind you have while away from home, it’s probably worth it.

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Airport and Airline Awards

Traveling BC (Before Children) was all about the destination – sites to see, things to do, different cultures and experiences etc…. It’s just one of the small indicators of how much your life changes, when you find your holiday destination or travel routes dictated by the length of time spent on an airplane! Continue reading Airport and Airline Awards

Traveling with preschoolers? 6 Top Tips

Off-peak season is such a gift for parents traveling with preschoolers and children under the age of 5; not only are airline, car rental and hotel prices much better value, but the airports are less crowded and frantic. I would even go so far as to say travel on a Wednesday if you can – reportedly the least busy day of the week in terms of business travel too – imagine you could have the whole plane to yourselves! Continue reading Traveling with preschoolers? 6 Top Tips

Car seats on airplanes?

I get asked this question a lot, and it’s not an easy one to answer. Given that it is in my interest to promote hiring a seat on arrival I declare my bias. However, to answer the question “Should I bring car seats on airplanes?” … not if you can help it and here’s 6 reasons why.
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