Tips for Traveling During Major Events

A few recommendations for smoother traveling at popular times.

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Take local tours to see the town and you can skip driving and having to park.
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“Don’t let high prices and scarce rooms keep you from experiencing something you really want to experience,” says AAA Travel Counselor Margie Neider.

Book early.

Plane tickets, hotel rooms, tours, and other items can cost much less if you buy them in advance. "Even a year ahead isn't too early," Neider says. AAA Complimentary Travel Agents often have access to special rates.

Pack all necessities.

Everyday goods from toothpaste to T-shirts are often marked up during popular events, so the less you have to buy on the ground, the better. "Especially if the event is international," Neider says, "it makes sense to pack more necessities than usual."

Travel like a local.

Buses, trains, and private drivers can save you money and headaches during busy times. Familiarize yourself with the options before setting off. Weigh the cost of the rental car, parking, gas, and other incidentals against the price of local services.

Insure yourself.

Unexpected snags, from lost luggage to canceled flights, can spoil the best-laid plans. Guard against them with insurance from AAA Travel. As Neider points out, "There's no substitute for peace of mind."