As pandemic-related restrictions begin to loosen the reins this summer, travel is expected to be one of the first industries to boom. Many will take advantage of the chance to get out of their homes by getting far out of their homes, exploring new places, or just getting away to relax. If you are one of these travelers, here are some tips for safe and smart travel this summer.

Use Credit Cards

Cash and debit cards are convenient because they don’t require much thought when it comes to spending—if the funds are there, they’re there, and there aren’t painful bills later. However, if your debit card and cash are lost or stolen while you are on vacation, those funds are gone. Even if you cancel your debit card quickly, it takes a decent amount of time and process to get a new one sent to you. Using credit cards is the wisest option for travel spending because many cards come with travel insurance that protects you in case it is lost or stolen. You can rest assured that your money is safe and protected.

Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance covers a variety of potential setbacks and hazards that you may have personal concerns about. In the case that you need to cancel or reschedule a flight, travel insurance allows you to get (at least part) of the original fee back. Medical needs should also be taken into consideration. Look for insurance packages that provide you with the help you need in case of an emergency. You can never be too careful with your health! Finally, make sure that the insurance company you use deserves your business (meaning, make sure they’re trustworthy enough to be given a responsibility as important as health and safety.  Insurance brokers should be licensed in the states where they operate. Otherwise, legal actions may take place that will be detrimental to you.

Travel Light

Packing can be frustrating and cause some anxiety—you don’t want to forget anything important, and that tends to create an overpacking problem. For your own benefit, travel light. The less you have to keep track of, the less you have to worry about. Be strict with yourself as to what you actually need to bring! Less is more, in this instance. Research what kind of resources you’ll have available to you at your destination in case you do need a staple item that you forgot to pack, and don’t worry about having every hypothetical situation completely prepared for.

Feel good about your travel plans by taking advantage of travel insurance packages, using financial resources that will be protected, and taking with you only what you need. This will make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable altogether.

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