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More people are planning trips during the summer season after spending most of the year indoors during the pandemic. This has increased demand for many different services and can present a few challenges if you’re not prepared. If you want to enjoy an easy and safe trip while traveling this summer, there are a few main tips to follow to avoid complications.

Book Your Car Rental for Two Weeks

During the pandemic, car rental companies sold thousands of rental cars at discounted rates to stay afloat when no one was traveling during 2020. Now, there’s a shortage of rental cars available when you want to use Hertz or Budget. The influx in travelers has also caused there to be more demand and fewer cars available.

If you want to book a rental car for an upcoming trip, book it for at least two weeks to ensure you can secure a vehicle. If your trip is shorter than two weeks, you can bring it back sooner and will still only be charged for the days you used it.

Hire a Travel Agent

A travel agent is informed of changes that are present in the travel industry, making it necessary to rely on their expertise when planning an upcoming trip. Travel agents are useful for:

  • Saving you time and money
  • Giving you access to upgrades
  • Providing the best recommendations on hotels

Because travel agents make a commission by hotels and outfitters, they won’t cost you anything when you use their services.

Remain Flexible

Flexibility is key to traveling in 2021 when there are fewer options available than in the past. You may need to settle for a hotel room with two queen beds instead of one king bed. You may also need to get a sedan to rent rather than a full-size SUV. It can be a lot easier planning your upcoming vacation if you are open to other options, and it can make the planning process a lot less stressful.

Double Book Hotels

Creating a backup plan can allow you to change your plans at any time if you can’t get the airfare you want or there’s a shortage of rental cars. Double booking hotels will allow you to still travel without canceling your vacation. Cancellation policies have improved in recent years and often allow you to cancel within 24 hours of your stay instead of 30 days. You can even book your trip a few weeks after summer ends to make it easier to have more options. If you plan to bring your pet along, find an establishment that welcomes pets.

Book a Safe Place for Your Pet

Although you may prefer to bring your pet along on trips, it can be challenging to have your four-legged friend with you as traveling has become more complicated due to the pandemic. Consider booking with us in advance to ensure your pet is in good hands and has its needs met while you’re away.

By learning about how the travel industry has changed, it can make it easier to understand what is required when securing your trip and booking various services. If you choose to leave your pets behind, consider booking their stay at Make My Day Please.