by Rosario Méndez ttorney, FTC
What does summer mean to you? Barbecues? Darting in and out of splash pads in the park? Vacations with your family and friends? Planning a vacation can be overwhelming. And while there may be options for virtually every budget, there also are lots of pitches made that, frankly, may be a little generous for the situation. “Five star” accommodations may be on a scale of 15; “best location” may be okay for someone else’s priorities but not for yours; “all-inclusive” may be slightly misleading in terms of costs or services. The key to avoiding travel trouble? Ask a lot of questions and don’t commit until you get the answers in detail.
Some tips to get you started:
- Ask about refund and cancellation policies. Get them in writing.
- Speak to a person who is on the property about the details. Get current photos.
- Confirm all the travel arrangements yourself.
- Get details behind vague promises like “five-star” resort or “luxury” cruise.
- Read reviews critically – and evaluate the positives and the negatives.
Before you research travel offers, prepare yourself. Read these trip tips; and for a different take on vacation tips, see Gear Up for A Great Trip.
The complete article can be read or printed online at Website: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/going-vacation