What to Know Before You Book On These Travel Sites

There are deals out there, but so are many scams. Travel bloggers put together this check list to use on your next vacation.

If you are looking to make that one more getaway this summer, you’ve probably been looking for cool deals.  While they are out there, so are the scams.  Travel bloggers have put together their best tips to get the most without being scammed.

Tips for Planning Your Next Vaca 

  1.  Book with known travel partners like Expedia, Airbnb, vrbo, etc. instead of a package off Craig’s list.  These websites allow you to compare prices and operate on reviews. If you are uncertain about a particular site, check with the Better Business Bureau.
  2. Speaking of reviews…read them!  The reviews are written by those who have stayed in the place you are looking to book. It is especially helpful when going through Airbnb and Vrbo.  The reviews are priceless.  If there are no reviews on that particular property, maybe skip that one.
  3. Read and print out the policies to avoid misunderstandings.  You will need to know things like the cancellation policy.  Some sites will allow you to purchase cancellation insurance or give you a certain time period to change your  mind, others are not as lenient.  You’ll also need to know what’s included with your purchase such any additional fees and if you are booking on a “by owner” site, be aware of cleaning fees and some charge extra for linens.
  4. There is no free vacation.  The biggest trouble with travel and scams is that you don’t realize you’ve been scammed until you’ve spent the money.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.    Sure, you can win vacation packages, but often there are strings attached.  You will likely have to pay for your flight, food and other expenses.  Often, free is associated with listening to sales presentations.  You could find yourself wishing you could pay to get out of those!