Save money and avoid travel troubles

Save money and avoid travel troubles

By Karen Stiles. CREATED Jun 8, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Are you planning to get away on vacation for a few days?

Before you leave, you may want to check some things out that will save you money and help you avoid travel troubles.

This is the time of year that many of us are anxious to hit the road to enjoy an awesome summer vacation.

But before you leave, check into discounts that could save you big bucks on hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, and rental car companies.

A good place to start might be online or with motor travel organizations like AAA.

These companies can also be quite helpful in providing road side assistance and help with other travel related dilemmas.

Make sure to confirm hotel, airfare, and rental car reservations. 

This is especially important during a busy travel season, when supply or alternatives could be limited.

Plan for the unexpected by packing an emergency kit that includes hearty snacks, a small flashlight, extra cell phone battery, and mini first aid kit. 

It might also be a good idea to purchase travel insurance, just in case a medical emergency or travel problem occurs that could end up costing you big bucks.

Make some plans on how to keep things safe at home while your gone. 

Set timers, stop mail and newspaper delivery, and have someone check on your house.

Use caution before you post information online that could alert a criminal that you are not at home.

Wait until you get home to share vacation photos and experiences.