Going on Vacation?

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