Traveling Soon? Check Out These Tips

June 2017

Do you like to travel, or are you planning to travel soon? If so, take a look at this report which highlights some great tips that can help you plan your next adventure and save money.

How Do You Plan Your Trips?

When planning your trips, do you only use one website to book your accommodations, transportation and excursions? What about those package deals – do you think they always provide the best value? If you answered yes to either of these, then you might be missing out on savings opportunities. Taking a bit more time to research your options can increase your savings. Start with the online travel agencies, aggregators, and search sites. This list of sites can help. Compare the results from several sites. You will also want to check directly with airlines and hotels as they may offer better deals. If you’re considering a package, price the components individually so you can compare. Lastly, take advantage of deals offered through emails, apps, social media, and loyalty programs from airlines, hotels, and other businesses.

Planning a Road Trip?

Before you plan your route, check out the links on the National Traffic and Road Closure Information page from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This can help you avoid construction and plan for other issues. The FHWA also provides a site describing the 150 roads in the country that are designated Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.

Travel Tips

  • Comparison shop before booking your travel.
  • Road trip? Take advantage of the many sites to help you plan routes and places to visit.
  • There are many apps to help with the various aspects of traveling.
  • Overseas travel may require additional preparation.

Don't Forget the Apps

There are many traveling apps out therethat can help you plan the many aspects of your trip.. The following are just a sample.

For road tips:

  • Waze provides traffic and road conditions.
  • Gas Buddy will show you nearby gas stations and prices.
  • Tollsmart will calculate costs for all toll rolls, bridges, and tunnels in the US & Canada but it charges a fee.
  • iExit shows you what businesses (restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc) are located at upcoming interstate highway exits.
  • HotelTonight allows you to search for accommodations for tonight or up to a week ahead.
  • RoadTrippers provides route planning.
  • AAA or other automobile or travel club apps are useful for road service, discounts and more.

For flying trips:

  • Your airline's app for all of the many things it provides.
  • TripCase with which you can manage and organize your trips.
  • GateGuru is a worldwide airport guide to restaurants, cafes, shops, and more.
  • LoungeBuddy provides hours, list of amenities, and allows you to book access.
  • Mobile Passport from the U.S. Customs and Immigration service helps you get through customs more quickly

Travelling Internationally?

If you’re planning to travel overseas, there are likely some additional tasks and details you will need to take care of in advance. This traveler's checklist from the U.S. Department of State describes the steps you may need to take.

  • You may need to renew your passport if it will expire within six months of your return or it has less than 2 blank pages. Otherwise, some countries might not let you enter.
  • Notify your financial institutions and credit card companies that you will be traveling overseas. Otherwise, any transactions you make may be denied or considered fraudulent.
  • Determine if you need a visa for any of the countries you plan to visit.
  • Make sure that your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.
  • Make sure that you are up to date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

More Tips

For even more tips check out these travel pages:, Kiplinger, AARP, and the Transportation Security Administration.



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