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Frequently asked questions: Planning Summer vacations

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Did the harsh winter make you stir-crazy for a getaway? Summer travel season is just around the corner, and if you're planning a trip, make sure you cover all your bases before heading out of town.

Check out these frequently asked questions about weather, discounts and more from Beth Duppstadt at Loveland & Sea Travel:

1. When should I book my trip?

-Airfare should be booked at least 6 weeks in advance. 
-To get the best selection of resorts, cruise ships and the best flight times book ASAP.
-Now is the perfect time to start planning for summer travel!

2. What about Last-Minute Deals & Discount Websites?

-Booking Last-Minute can save money sometimes, but you are limited to what's available. Room requests and preferred flight times may not be honored.
-Always read the fine print when you see deals online. To get those rates you could be required to attend a timeshare presentation, pay additional fees once you arrive or be transferred to a different hotel if they overbook. 
-If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.

3. What about Hurricane Season?

- Hurricane Season in the Caribbean runs from June-November. 
- Prices are lower during this off-season and it's still likely you will have beautiful weather and sunshine. 
- Travel Insurance is always recommended. There are many types of plans with varying coverage so it's best to speak with a travel professional about your options.

4. Where can I go without a passport?

- Although passports are recommended for any type of international travel, you are not required to have one if you are visiting Puerto Rico or The US Virgin Islands. 
- Caribbean cruises typically do not require passports if they start and end in the same US Port. 
- Other international destinations require a passport for everyone, including children. 
- Check with your travel professional or http://www.state.gov/travel for more information.

5. Where should I go this summer?

- Some hotspots this year are Los Cabos, South Africa, Brazil and Punta Cana as well as Orlando and Myrtle Beach.
- The best place to go really depends on the traveler. This is where a travel agent and destination specialist comes in. We can match the experience you are looking for with the destination and resort or cruise ship that fits it best.

From LoveLand and Sea Travel.

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