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Posted in Online Savvy | March 2014

Online security: the great escape

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Once upon a time you had to visit your local travel agent if you wanted to jet off to sunny Florida for a few days of mid-winter sun and fun. But these days you don’t have to go any further than your own home computer if you want to plan and book a March break! Not only can you buy books, clothes and toys online, but you can also buy a family vacation with your children and grandchildren—or even just a romantic getaway for two!

As with any type of ecommerce activity, you have to make sure that you’re using a reputable website if you’re purchasing tickets and booking travel via the internet. If you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right, don’t take the risk. Do a bit of research on the organization before submitting any payment information. Check the Better Business Bureau website to see if any consumer complaints have been made against the company you’re considering using.

Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotwire, and Expedia are all well-known travel planning and booking sites. You can search for prices on flights, hotel, car and other modes of travel with the click of a mouse! Once you’re satisfied with your choices, booking is quick and easy.

You don’t have the advantage of a seasoned travel agent’s advice when you plan and book your travel online, but sites like Trip Advisor can help fill in that knowledge gap. It’s populated with reviews written by real travelers who aren’t shy about telling the real truth about their vacation experiences—the good, the bad and the ugly!

Remember Fodor’s travel guides? Well they have an online presence now too! Not only can you find out more about a place you’re interested in visiting on their website, you can even chat about it with other like-minded vacationers in Fodor’s forums. It’s a great way to swap tips and ideas when you’re in the planning stage.

The world is literally at your fingertips, and half the fun is planning that dream vacation, so click away—and bon voyage!

For more information and great tips on booking travel online, visit AARP, and USA Today.

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