Planning an upcoming vacation? Here’s everything you need to know!
If you’re planning an upcoming vacation this spring and summer, it’s important to be prepared.
We compiled a few important tips to prepare you for your trip this year:
Should you get travel insurance?
Pauline Frommer, the editorial director of Frommer's Travel Guides, Frommer says yes!
She says that 95% of travel policies will cover expenses if you have to stay somewhere.
How can you plan for possible cancellations and delays?
Pack a change of clothes, electronic device chargers and snacks in your carry-on luggage to support travel disruptions. A cancellation that impacts your return home will require additional resources, budget for an extra day or two to sustain until you can get home.
How can you make sure you'll make your flight in time?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that airports, like highways, have high traffic surges and construction delays. Plan to arrive at the airport in plenty of time to check in, check bags and complete security screening in time to avoid stressful sprints to the departure gate. At the TSA checkpoint, have a valid ID card readily available and follow the liquids rule of 3.4 ounces or less, with the exception of hand sanitizer, which has a temporary 12-ounce limit in carry-on baggage.
What can you pack?
Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing this TSA list.
How can you find airline deals?
In a study, Frommer's Travel Guides found that Skyscanner.com was consistent in finding the lowest prices.
Flexibility is important when looking for deals. Frommer says that looking at alternate airports, could be a way to save.
Should you pay with a cash or a credit card?
Try to pay with a credit card, if you can, says the New York state's Division of Consumer Protection. Credit cards often offer more protection than paying by cash, check or debit card. Some credit card companies also offer perks like trip insurance or concierge service while traveling and may offer additional protections if the trip is canceled. Check with your credit card company on the conditions of travel expenditure reimbursement.
How can you spot a travel scam?
The Federal Trade Commission warns against common travel scams. Some signs of a scam when booking travel include the following:
Scammers will sometimes entice consumers with a free trip, but then disclose fees or deposits to get access. A prize should not include spending money and is likely a scam.
The details of your trip are vague. Consumers may be offered a stay in a five-star hotel or on a luxury cruise line, but then few details about the trip are presented. Always confirm and review the name of the company and location of the trip details.
You have limited time to accept the offer.
You must pay in an uncommon way. Cryptocurrency, wire transfer, and gift cards are difficult to trace and perfect for scammers looking to take advantage of consumers, who will not be able to recoup their losses if they pay this way.
What should you know about vacation rentals?
Be mindful of scammers that misrepresent rentals or list fake homes online that do not actually exist. HERE are some precautions you can take to avoid scams on vacation rentals.
What should you know when traveling with a pet?
Whether flying or taking a road trip, traveling with a pet takes some planning. Here are some tips!
What happens if you get COVID-19 while traveling?
Depending on your destination, it could result in an unexpected change in plans, such as being required to stay isolated in a hotel. It's why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you have backup plans ready if you're traveling abroad. You might have to stay longer than planned if you test positive.