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The expensive summer travel season is almost here! Whether you're going on an international voyage or a weekend road trip, it's important to keep your trip stress-free and your budget intact. We have some tips to help you save money on your vacation.
- Sign up for airfare alerts. Sites like Airfarewatchdog will notify you of dirt-cheap fares so you don't have to go looking for them yourself. Airfarewatchdog employs a team of experts that scour the web for the best fares, and they're notorious for uncovering "hidden" sales that aren't advertised. Unlike most fare-alert services, the site includes fares from Southwest and Allegiant.
- Choose a smaller airport. You can often find a better airfare deal if you fly out of a regional airport instead of a major international one.
- Pack a carry-on bag instead. Baggage fees have gotten outrageous. Instead of paying the fee to check a bag, pack lightly and cram everything into a carry-on bag. You'll save money and you'll save time at the airport.
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Every traveler knows that packing for a trip can be hectic and stressful. You don't want to overload your suitcase and be forced to pay the overweight-bag fee, plus lugging around a heavy bag is exhausting. You definitely don't want to experience that dreaded moment when you realize you left something important at home, either. To help, we asked Anne Banas, Executive Editor of SmarterTravel, what her best packing suggestions are. Here's what she said:
- Never pack valuables—such as laptop computers, jewelry, etc.—in your checked bag. The airlines will not reimburse you for them if your bags are lost. Instead, pack them in your carry-on, or leave them at home.
- Always keep cell-phone chargers in your carry-on bag since you won't have access to them once you've checked your bag. If you get stranded at the airport, you'll need your phone for making arrangements and you won't want to be left without power.