As COVID eases, A LOT of Americans are eager to start travelling again. It’s fair to say that there is a substantial amount of pent up demand for travel. Here are a few tips to consider as you plan summer vacations:

  1. If you fly, be sure to count up all the baggage fees you may be paying for. You can usually sign up for an airline credit card that gives the holder a free checked bag for everyone in their party. For a family, this can be several hundred dollars on a round trip flight. See cards options here (#5-12 have the free bags). Most of these cards have annual fees, but you can always cancel the card after the first year.
  2. If you rent a car, don’t wait until the last minute to reserve it. During COVID, car rental companies had to liquidate a lot of their inventory. Many major cities are really short on rental cars right now. Last minute reservations can get VERY pricey! A few non traditional car “sharing”/rental services are:  TuroZipcarGetaround (if you can’t find a traditional rental).
  3. Verify reservations for parks and attractions. Several national parks (and other destinations) are still limiting the number of people that can enter on a given day. Do your homework and check to see if your destination requires advanced reservations.

Have travel plans? Where are you going this summer? We’d love to hear in the comments!


  1. Ann Bear on May 27, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Clay and I just got back from a hiking trip in Sedona, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon! Wonderful to be able to travel again!

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