Traveling should be fun and carefree but all too often the "good deal" doesn't turn out to be much of one. How can you keep the fun and carefree in your travels? Do your homework up front and then be prepared for the unexpected.
If you're planning to visit Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or other location in the Western Hemisphere, be aware that new passport requirements went into effect in 2007 and 2008. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative page from the U.S. Department of State provides more information about the requirements.
Are you an AARP member? If not, you might consider joining. The travel discounts available to members—airlines, automobiles, cruises, entertainment, hotels and lodging, vacations and tours—are worth checking out.
Traveler Tips: How to Gear Up for a Great Trip has tips from the FTC to help you avoid unpleasant and costly surprises.
TravelSense from the American Society of Travel Agents has Travel Tips, Consumer info, descriptions of Destinations, and more.
Travel Agents FAQ from Findlaw.com provides answers about working with a travel agent.
Some "deals" are actually scams. These resources will help you avoid various scams.
Travel Scams FAQ from Findlaw.com provides answers to some common questions about travel offers and timeshares.
Driving Overseas? Steer Clear of Bogus International Driving Permits from the FTC describes what an International Driving Permit is and how to get an official one.
BBB Warns of Deceptive Travel-Related Promotions describes typical "too-good-to-be-true" travel deals and how to avoid being taken in by the promoters.
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