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10 Common Pieces of Travel Advice You Should Never Follow
Beware of these popular, yet outright wrong, travel "truths."
Ignore these questionable travel tips on your next trip.
Tip: Only stay at off-the-beaten-track hotels.
Tip: Skip kitschy tourist spots.
Tip: Don't visit 'dangerous' international destinations.
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Tip: Never travel on your own.
Tip: For the best flight deal, you should book your flight on Tuesday at midnight.
Saglie echoes similar sentiments. "Historically, airlines have released sales on Tuesdays and competitors would launch rival sales right after," he says. But the process has changed, allowing for deals to be snapped up at different off-peak days and times. "The way airfare sales are disseminated these days has changed dramatically, thanks to a plethora of social media channels and the captive, committed audience they help generate," he says. While sales are available on Tuesday, "all other days of the week have also become fair play," he says. "And since those sales are often short-lived – eight hours, 24 hours, maybe two days – the more connected the consumer, the better the odds of nabbing a deal," he adds. Plus, in terms of timing, Saglie points out that carriers will offer sales and steep price reductions during slow booking periods, but a better strategy for finding a bargain is looking for domestic flights six to eight weeks ahead of your desired departure date. Typically, flight prices will increase at certain intervals - two weeks, seven days and three days – ahead of your flight, he explains, adding that though last-minute sales are a possibility, strategically timing when you book, particularly during peak travel periods, is a smart idea.
Tip: If you don't want to pay a high price, don't spring for business- or first-class seats.
Tip: You can score last-minute hotel deals if you stay flexible in your search.
Tip: Never travel with a newborn.
Tip: Don't visit the Caribbean in the summer or exotic countries during the rainy season.
Tip: You should always book through an online travel agency for the best rate.
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