What Are the Best Summer Vacation Travel Tips?
With Vacation Travel Up This Summer, What Are the Best Travel Tips?
Nothing -- not higher gas prices, not soaring airfares, not climbing hotel rates -- seems to be keeping travelers off the road this summer.
Offering them useful travel advice? That's something of a roadblock it turns out.
Close to 35 million Americans traveled over the
The airline industry is upbeat, too.
After several years of staycations, it's clear that a good number of American travelers are planning a long-overdue getaway. Higher prices don't seem to be standing in their way.
Hotel rates are up between 5 percent and 10 percent, depending on the amenities, says AAA. Airfares are up 14 percent from 2010, with the lowest average round-trip fare at
While that's good news for the travel industry, it's not so great if you're in the travel advice business. Dispensing tips is easy during a recession, when the deals are everywhere, but it's not as simple during a recovery.
I've been collecting some of this year's best and worst advice over the past few weeks. The travel site Cheapflights.com just sent out a warning about hidden travel fees, which are among my top annoyances. The worst are the so-called "peak travel day fees," which increase the price of your flight because of higher demand. Problem is, almost every day during June, July and August is considered a "peak" day, so the only way to avoid it, according to the company, is to postpone your vacation until the end of the summer. If you have kids in school, that may not be an option. (Full disclosure: Cheapflights is a supporter of my blog.)
Another website, LowFares.com, recommends that bargain-hunters look to the
Not to single out LowFares.com. The experts on the Bing Travel Fareology Team like the idea of sending summer travelers to Sin City, too, where the average high temperature in July is a blistering 106 degrees. "Vegas, baby," they crow in a news alert, calling it a "good option" for travelers who want a deal. Bing says that another fine choice is my hometown of
A lot of the travel advice being broadcast is just obvious, and it has little if any relevance to this summer.
And more obvious tips:
I see these tips before every major travel holiday. I'm actually grateful to
And there's value even in the most questionable advice. In a summer when everyone is going somewhere, there are no shortcuts, a careful reading of the bad tips leads me to conclude. The only foolproof way to save money is to stay home.
Castro says he'll postpone his big trip until October, when he attends a conference in
"That will have to do for a vacation this year," he says.
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