Spring is here at last! With warm and beautiful weather on the horizon, now is a spectacular time to travel somewhere outdoors! Before heading anywhere, take a look at our spring travel tips:
- Research hotels. Do not rely solely on a hotel’s official website for all your information before booking. Hotel websites are designed to depict the business in the best possible manner. Browse reviews on sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google+. Online reviews from actual customers give you an accurate idea of the hotel’s customer service skills. Every hotel gets the occasional bad review, so you should not let only one negative review sway you. Too many bad ones, though, could illustrate a big problem. You may consider staying somewhere else, especially since you do not want to deal with a bad hotel during such great spring weather!
- Read through all agreements before signing. To save mileage on their own cars and trucks, people tend to rent vehicles for spring road trips. While this is a solid idea, read through your rental agreement thoroughly before signing anything. Some car rental companies require you to purchase the insurance waiver, whereas others do not. Many offer prepaid gasoline plans, but no two company’s prepaid plans are exactly the same. Examine the entire agreement to see what exactly your payment covers, and make sure you ask the clerk any questions before committing to a rental agreement.
- Check weather before leaving. The daily forecast is flexible, often throughout the same day. Even though you no longer have to worry about blizzards and ice storms, a thunderstorm can make for equally dangerous driving weather. Since those thunderstorms can lead to possible tornado activity, then you definitely do not want any weather surprises as you travel! If you checked the weather the night before, check again the next morning just to be safe.
Want additional travel tips before you head out onto the road? Here are a few more that will help you out as you plan your spring trip!