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My 5 top travel tips you'll use time and time again

My 5 top travel tips you'll use time and time again
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Traveling is one of those things. Sometimes you just have to laugh.

If you don't, the hassles of getting patted down by TSA, missing flights, losing luggage and discovering that your 4-star hotel is a 1-star motel will make you cry. I don't want that for you.

Trust me, I am such a frequent traveler that I have experienced almost every high of traveling and every low of traveling. Do you know why I love taking my family on trips? It's because I know how to make it enjoyable.

Note: Each week, I share tons of travel tips on my site. Click here to see my best advice on booking hotels, saving on flights, avoiding rental scams and more! 

I've discovered little tricks and big tips over the years that help me avoid the headaches of getting from Point A to Point Z. I want to share these tips with you, so you can enjoy your vacation and get the most value for the money you're spending.

Here are five of my all-time favorite travel tips. Please be sure to read No. 4 - It could save you money and it will definitely give you peace of mind!

Google Flights

If you haven't used Google Flights, try it. In about two seconds, you have more information at your fingertips than a travel agent used to get after days of researching flights.

On one screen, Google Flights will show you the lowest priced flights to your destination. You'll get a Date Tip that shows you how much money you'll save if you book your trip for a different date.

Google Flights will also give you a little warning when prices will likely go up. Google uses algorithms based on past travel trends to alert you to price increases that are imminent. "Prices will likely increase in 3 days."

If you click on Learn More, here's an example of the insight Google Flights has about a trip: "Historically, 90% of the time the cheapest price on this route increased 13 days before departure by at least $19."

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