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Traveling This Summer? Don't Believe These Myths

It's that time of year again—summer vacation plans are underway. Whether you’re a savvy jet-setter or an amateur road-tripper, it’s easy to fall for these travel ‘rumors’. Do your research and be aware of these myths as you finalize your travel itinerary.

Myth 1: The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day for travel

Nope, according to USA Today, the busiest travel days generally occur during the summer, the exact date changing from year to year. According to the Department of Transportation, the busiest day in 2014 was Aug. 8. But the big holidays, such as 4th of July and Labor Day, tend to see a spike in travel, so you can assume the road and airports will be busy.

Myth 2: The best airfare deals are available on Tuesdays

According to a 2014 study by the Airlines Reporting Corporation, Sundays 50 to 100 days before your departure date are the best time to buy coach tickets, costing on average $110 less than the overall average ticket price. Take advantage of an airfare monitoring site, such as Airfarewatchdog, or search for the best deal across multiple travel sites using Kayak.

Myth 3: "Staycations" are always less expensive

If you’re planning your vacation during peak season, and depending on the destination of your “staycation”, keep in mind hotel prices increase along with demand. For instance, Orlando is a popular destination for Florida Residents—well, it’s also popular for international travel, not to mention across the nation. Take advantage of ‘Florida Resident Discounts’ if they’re offered, after all, it never hurts to ask.

Myth 4: Nothing is ever free

So, you’re in Vegas and you walk past some guy standing behind a kiosk and he asks if you want free tickets to a show. “Free tickets?”, you stop walking and engage in conversation. Next thing you know, you’re wasting four to six hours of your precious vacation time to sit through an informational tour and sales pitch on time shares. Was it worth the free nosebleed seats to Vegas’ hottest show to lose half a day feeling pressured by pushy sales representatives—probably not.

Myth 5: Only carry cash

Don't set yourself up for disaster--travel with some cash and credit cards. Divvy up your cash and cards in different spots so if you lose your wallet, you still have spending options while away from home. Don't forget to call your credit union or bank before you leave to inform them of your travel plans including dates and locations. This will ensure your credit or debit card doesn't become flagged with possible fraudulent activity.

By CAMPUS USA at 25 Apr 2017, 10:10 AM

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