Are you traveling for vacation? Here’s what you need to know

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The holiday season is in full swing!

Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, the Better Business Bureau says it’s a good idea to check your destination’s COVID-19 restrictions ahead of time.

It’s also a good idea to make sure everyone traveling with you has valid ID. As Idaho News 6 reported, the federal deadline for REAL ID is May 3, 2023.

The BBB has posted these tips on their website for safe vacation travel:

  • Read all cancellation policies carefully. Not all situations, including a pandemic, require a full refund of ticket value and fees. Every travel agency, airline, and online broker is different.
  • Book your tickets only after knowing the travel restrictions. Save time and stress by reading the updated status of restrictions on the Centers for Disease Control website.
  • Consider travel insurance. Have a full understanding of what the policy covers and does not cover.
  • Be an informed traveler. Refer to the Department of Transportation website for details on consumer issues, filing complaints, and other aviation information.

The journey itself is not the only thing to consider. You’ll also need to keep accommodation in mind while on vacation (things like rental cars and a place to stay).
The BBB expects more people to book short-term rentals this holiday season, but they warn that scammers will sometimes rent properties that aren’t actually available.

“The best thing to do is a reverse Google image search to make sure it’s a legitimate place you can rent,” said Rebecca Barr, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau. “Make sure you read the description and reviews to make sure anything they say is legitimate.”

For more tips and information on how to protect yourself, click here.

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