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Summer Travel tips










It’s the top item on a bucket list and it’s what more people aspire to do (even beyond raising a family). If it’s your heart’s desire to travel (and for summer 2016), here are some tips from Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com, on how to make the most of your summer travel plans.  

Plan ahead
The top domestic destinations for American travelers are Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles. The top international destinations are London, Paris, Toronto, Rome and Vancouver according to research from Hotels.com. Yet for summer, warm-weather beach locales like Cancun, Maui, Jamaica, The Bahamas and Costa Rica top travelers’ lists. The key is to plan ahead if you plan to visit popular beach destinations. The typical booking window is 90+ days out, but there are still great deals available for travelers who opt to book last minute within the same week of travel.  A great blog with advice for real people who have stayed in the destinations is Expedia’s Viewfinder Blog https://viewfinder.expedia.com/

Check trusted reviews
One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a happy experience during your summer vacation is to check the verified guest reviews of travelers who have actually stayed in popular hotels. Some sites allow people to write reviews for hotels they’ve never even seen. Be sure the reviews you’re reading are genuine from people who have completed a stay. An example is this hotel review (Los Cabos, Mexico verified guest review)


Verified guest review. Courtesy of Hotels.com  

Lather it on (SPF and Coolibar)
You’ve made a wise choice on your hotel and you’ve planned ahead for a perfect stay. It’s also important to pack the right gear. Start with the right skin protection including sunscreen, UVA protection eyewear and sun protective clothing like from brands like Coolibar. Also, the American Cancer Society has expert resources on sun safety including a Skin Safety Quiz to check your knowledge on navigating the sun’s rays.

Check your tech
In the Mobile Travel Tracker from Hotels.com, 76% of people named their smartphone the number one travel accessory, with twice as many people preferring to travel with their mobile than their loved one! The last thing you want to do is arrive to your destination without the appropriate travel adapter and currency converter for your favorite travel gadgets. Also, if you’re traveling with lithium batteries, some airports and airlines prohibit certain devices on commercial airlines. Call ahead or check with the Transportation Security Administration for the latest regulations.

Put your best foot forward
Summer travel is not the time for sore feet. Pack for style and comfort by bringing backup shoes like Nine West, Toms, and Sketchers brands who offer footwear that’s perfect for long walks along the beach that doubles as nightclub wear most any time of the year. And, for your closed-toed shoes and flats, try inexpensive gel insoles for mountain hikes and site-seeing tours.

Into gear? Ship ahead or rent while there
Your travel budget can easily escalate with checked bag fees. Smart travelers are renting ski and watersport gear in their summer travel destinations to avoid baggage fees. And while extreme water sports may not be your thing, hotels are even offering rentals for workout gear, athletic shoes, fitness trackers and GoPro cameras. If you’re super tied to your own gear, ship it ahead to save carryon space and time.

Don’t miss a deal or free travel
An extended summer stay can quickly become a winter escape if you follow a simple tip. Hotels.com Rewards is a free loyalty program where you simply book and stay 10 nights at hundreds of thousands of hotels worldwide, and you earn a free night. You’re not tied to a particular brand, room type or city. More information is here: http://www.hotels.com/hotel-rewards-pillar/hotelscomrewards.html

Share your experiences
If you’ve scored a great deal, don’t keep it all to yourself. Share your experiences on social media and give the hotel or online booking site your feedback to help other travelers benefit from your expertise. Some social media sites offer coupons and rewards for guests who provide comments and reviews following a stay.




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