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What does summer mean to you? Barbecues? Darting in and out of splash pads in the park? Vacations with your family and friends? Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. And while there may be  options for virtually every budget, there also are lots of pitches made that, frankly, may be a little generous for the situation. “Five star” accommodations may be on a scale of 15; “best location” may be okay for someone else’s priorities but not for yours; “all-inclusive” may be slightly misleading in terms of costs or services. The key to avoiding travel trouble? Ask a lot of questions and don’t commit until you get the answers in detail.

Some tips to get you started:

  • Ask about refund and cancellation policies. Get them in writing.
  • Speak to a person who is on the property about the details. Get current photos.
  • Confirm all the travel arrangements yourself.
  • Get details behind vague promises like “five-star” resort or “luxury” cruise.
  • Read reviews critically – and evaluate the positives and the negatives.

Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these trip tips; and for a different take on vacation tips, see Gear Up for A Great Trip.    

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