Ready for vacation? Common pitfalls to avoid before you go

Taking a little time now can save you thousands of dollars later

The summer travel season is in full swing but your time away will be stress-free with a little planning and prevention.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The summer travel season is in full swing, but your time away will be stress-free with a little planning and prevention.

Debra Whitmore with Destinations by Debra said if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. She urges caution when booking a trip, reading reviews and making sure accommodations are safe.

Whitmore advises carrying small amounts of cash and not keeping it all in one place. Cross-body purses are recommended to keep possessions in view, and men should carry wallets in their front pocket.

Another safety tip is to not draw attention. Don’t wear clothing that would make it obvious you are out of town.

“I think it’s important when traveling to blend in with the locals as much as we can. Leave your really flashy jewelry at home and try to avoid wearing clothing with logos,” Whitmore said.

International travelers should check passports before booking a trip. Many countries require that three to six months are left on passports at the time of travel.

Keep a copy of your passport at all times when traveling abroad. You won’t be able to travel with a copy, but it could help with the replacement process.

“There is a program called STEP (Smart Travelers Enrollment Program) that is for U.S. citizens to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. It will give them help if they are in a destination and there is an emergency,” Whitmore said.

TRAVELER’S CHECKLIST

Travel insurance is also a good way to have a piece of mind for unexpected delays or cancellations. It can also provide some medical coverage when traveling.

While you are planning your trip, also plan for how you will maintain security at your home. Burglars take advantage of summer travelers and break-ins increase during summer months.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, July and August have the highest rates of residential burglaries.

WKBN talked to police on Tuesday about what you can do to prevent home burglaries while you’re away. 

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