Spring is around the corner and it’s time to hit the road for a much-needed break from winter routines. While the word “vacation” elicits visions of fun, adventure or relaxation, getting there and making the most of it takes a little preparation.
Planning your trip
Pick a destination that has something everyone can look forward to — adults and children alike.
Once you have a destination in mind, set a realistic budget that you can afford.
Make flight and hotel reservations early to help save money on travel costs.
If traveling by car…
Schedule your vehicle for any needed pre-trip maintenance – oil change, tires/breaks, windshield wipers, etc.
Keep younger travelers safe with appropriately sized and properly functioning car seats.
GPS systems and smartphone apps are a great way to get you where you are going, but know your route in advance and bring a printed road atlas as a backup.
If traveling by plane…
Try traveling on less popular days and scheduling your flights early in the morning or late at night.
Be sure to know your airline’s requirements for carry-on and checked bags, including dimensions and weights.
Bundle your flight reservation with hotel, rental car and amusement park packages to help save you money using online travel sites, or through club memberships.
Before you go…
Install smart outlets or timers that can turn lights on and off to give the appearance that your home is occupied.
Arrange for a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to stop by and check for deliveries, water leaks or other signs of activity.
Set up some basic home monitoring devices that include indoor and outdoor security cameras.
Adjust your thermostat for energy savings – better yet, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat like the Carrier® Infinity® System Control.