Planning Your Vacation

Many eager travelers are scheduling long-awaited trips. With lodging, rental and entertainment prices rising and availability becoming limited, below are some helpful tips to enjoy a fun, safe and budget-friendly summer road trip.

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Book now or stay with someone. Demand for lodging is at an all-time high. Be sure to book well in advance of your trip to secure a room for your upcoming trip or stay with friends and family to save even more.

Travel within driving distance. Explore travel options within driving distance to avoid costly vehicle rental fees and limited availability. Rental fees are climbing to all-time highs nationwide in recent months due to a combination of vehicle shortages and the high demand for rental vehicles. Driving to your destination may be a cheaper and more efficient alternative, and you’re guaranteed to have transportation.

Choose options that are fully refundable. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that everything is uncertain. Understanding that personal circumstances can change quickly, choose refundable reservations for your travel plans to ensure that you can get a full or partial refund if you need to cancel at the last minute.

Be flexible. When planning travel, we typically pick the destination first and then book a flight. Instead, take a look at ticket prices to choose a few places that fit your budget and make a choice from there. If you can be flexible on dates, you may land a more affordable trip.

Let your bank know. Debit cards look for unusual activity and purchase locations when scanning for suspected fraud. Be sure to contact the bank to place travel details on your debit card so you’re less likely to have your card flagged.