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The Fourth of July is right around the corner and with so much happening all across the country, where will you be headed to? Whether you’re planning a big trip or deciding to do your own “staycation”, things can get a little crazy this time of year. Travel can be a pain but with these 5 tips, it doesn’t have to be.
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Pack light and carry-on
If you’re transferring to your final destination, flight delays could mean tight connections where your bags might get lost in the shuffle. Anything can happen in the chaos so better not let it be up to chance whether you get your bags or not on the other end.
With a carry-on only, you’ll be able to be more flexible to switch flights if you need to. It also forces you to pack lighter which is always a good idea.
Get travel insurance
On the topic of losing your bags and flight delays, this is the type of coverage that you can make sure is tied to travel insurance that you pick up.
Flight delay coverage means that if your flight is delayed more than X-hours, you’ll qualify for up to say $500 per person for reasonable expenses incurred from the flight delay. This can extend to meals, beverages, and accommodations. Of course this depends on the policy so make sure you double check to find out what you’re covered for.
Delayed luggage is another important feature that where if your bag doesn’t get to you by X-hours, you’re eligible for say $600 where you can buy anything from clothing, toiletries and cell phone chargers.
Have a good credit card
Beyond having good travel insurance, it’s also just as important to have a good credit card with you. This means having a trustworthy card that will protect you against fraudulent charges and theft. It’s the peace of mind that your card will have your back no matter what happens and you’ll always have access to funds in any situation.
The beauty of many credit cards is that they also have travel insurance built in so you can have the flight cancellation/delay and baggage delay coverage – a win-win!
For Canadians, I write extensively about the top credit cards in Canada that you should definitely check out.
Prepare for lines everywhere
Whether it’s at the airport, a restaurant that doesn’t take reservations, or wherever you go to watch the fireworks, you know there’s going to be a crowd so account for it in your planning.
Of course, reserve as much as you can in advance but for everything else, show up earlier than you normally would so you and your travel buddies are less stressed. There’s nothing worse than having plans to go somewhere, only be turned around because it’s full or the wait is incredibly long.
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Save money with Hotwire
Hotwire was one of the first only travel sites to offer deep discounts through their specially negotiated Hot Rate deals for hotel, air, and car bookings. All you have to do is enter star rating, location, car class, stay dates, etc. and Hotwire does the work for you.
The way it works is that companies cut their rates to sell remaining inventory. What Hot Rates allows you to do is to take advantage of these lower prices thanks to the unique partnership Hotwire has with thousands of suppliers.
The catch? The exact hotel, airline, and car rental company is shown only after booking and everything is finalized.
What about you? What are your best 4th of July travel tips?