Vacation and Travel Guide

The Consumer Reports Vacation and Travel Guide provides expert money-saving tips and advice—on airfare, luggage, must-have gear, and more—to help you plan the perfect getaway.

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Your COVID-19 Travel Toolkit

Travel can broaden our horizons, enrich our lives, and, especially during the holidays, reunite us with loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travel also

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Best Airline Travel Reviews – Consumer Reports

Airline Travel Ratings Get the plain truth on the best deals in airline travel, and find out which airlines soared high in ease of check-in, legroom, and seat comfort.

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Don't Forget These Vaccines When You Travel

Travel-related cases are generally rare but can result from unprotected sex, intravenous drug use, and blood transfusions. The vaccine for hepatitis B is more than 90 percent effective.

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Refunds for Air Travel Canceled by Pandemic

A proposed law would require refunds for air travel canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Consumer Reports explains the details, plus strategies for getting your money back now.

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The Trouble With Travel Loans

Sara Rathner, travel and credit cards expert for the personal finance news site NerdWallet, says that a smart alternative to a travel loan might …

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Should You Buy Travel Insurance for the Holidays

You can get more options by going to travel insurance comparison websites like InsureMyTrip.com (800-487-4722), which sells hundreds of policies from 29 insurance companies, and SquareMouth (800

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Best Insulated Travel Mugs From Consumer Reports' Tests

An insulated travel mug lets you take your favorite drink, hot or cold, anywhere you go. And a good one feels like it was designed with your routine, and even you, in mind.

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How To Travel Safe, Have Fun and Stay Healthy

Sea travel. Tread tides carefully. When you're at the shore, be alert to any warnings about rough tides. Don't ever swim alone and swim only when there is a lifeguard present. Watch for danger

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Beginner's Guide to RV Trailers

Travel trailers are the most widely sold and most varied type of towable RV. They have solid walls and often feature a slide—a section of wall that either pulls out or motors out to provide more

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Advice on Getting Your Canceled Flights Refunded

The road to the refund: Papanastassiou booked tickets on Air France, Alitalia, and Olympic Air through online travel agency Travelocity. When …

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5 Affordable Fall Travel Destinations

Fall travel to Cincinnati promises stunning views of changing leaves, as well as fun attractions (including the American Sign Museum) in one of the fastest-growing cities in …

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10 Best Road-Trip Vehicles That You Can Buy Right Now

Finding the perfect road-trip vehicle means striking a balance among many factors, such as front and rear seat comfort, space, fuel economy, ride quality, and noise.

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Coronavirus & COVID-19 Updates

With coronavirus and COVID-19 posing a public health crisis, Consumer Reports keeps you up to date on the virus and shares advice on how to …

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Best Airline Travel Buying Guide

See our Travel & Vacation Guide for advice and tips on getting the best deals on airfare, hotels, and more. Check Our Airline Travel Ratings for More Soar to Savings When You Book Your Airline Travel

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Beware of vacation travel club fraud scams

In 2012, the New Jersey attorney general sued a company and its owner for failing to provide promised deep discounts, vacation accommodations, and other travel …

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Guide to Going Out Safely During the Pandemic

By taking careful precautions, you can reduce your risk of coronavirus exposure during a variety of activities, including travel and seeing family and friends. Here's Consumer Reports…

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Will Your Health Insurance Cover You Overseas

The GeoBlue international travel health plans, however, have a global network of 7,100 physicians and 2,000 facilities in 190 countries, which the insurer pays directly if you get treated there.

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Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays

Finding travel gifts for globetrotters isn't easy. Consumer Reports has suggestions that go beyond luggage and can create memorable experiences for friends and family on your shopping list.

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Best Stroller Reviews – Consumer Reports

For many people, a stroller that is car-seat-compatible, whether it falls into the traditional, combo, umbrella or travel-system category, is the best all-around choice and offers the most value

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How to Stay Comfortable on Long Drives

Your Travel First-Aid Kit Start with a prepacked kit, such as those sold by the Red Cross for $20. These give you a variety of bandages, gauze, tape, and more for …

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How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus While on the Go

The CDC is encouraging everyone to cancel nonessential travel, including trips within the U.S. And according to the Transportation Security Administration, the numbers of people flying have

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Travel Insurance Nightmare

A travel agent might offer limited insurance options or steer you toward a plan that yields the best sales commission. The going rate for insurance is 4 to 10 percent of your prepaid

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7 Affordable Countries to Travel to This Year

Travel by air from the U.S. to Stockholm has fallen 3.8 percent over the past year to an average of $828. Hopper’s research, however, shows that you can get a flight for as little as $410 with

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Review

In this first drive review of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, Consumer Reports says there is much to like about this electric compact SUV. It has a roomy, …

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Airline Travel Ratings & Reviews

No one tests airline travel like we do. Get ratings, pricing, and performance for all the latest models based on the features you care about.

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Rental Car Shortage Workarounds

According to AAA, travel is up 60 percent over a year ago, when most Americans were cooped up at home during the darkest days of the pandemic-caused shutdowns. Wherever you …

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What if you get sick while traveling abroad

Travel health plans are typically stand-alone policies that cover only medical emergencies and cost a few dollars a day. A vacation package, also known as a comprehensive plan, provides coverage

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Required to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Requiring proof of vaccination for international travel isn’t new. Some countries require documentation of vaccination for diseases that are prevalent there, such as cholera and yellow fever

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Can Airline Subscription Plans Save You Money

Rick Ardis, president of Ardis Travel in East Rutherford, N.J., near United's hub at Newark airport, says that the carrier's bag subscription plan makes the most sense "for people who for some

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Choosing Between Hard-Sided and Soft-Sided Luggage

Hard-sided luggage is typically limited to a standard suitcase shape in both carry-on and checked-bag sizes. Yet consumers have a growing interest in …

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Vacation Clubs Vacation Club Scams

For example, in March the New Jersey attorney general sued a company and its owner for failing to provide the deep discounts, vacation accommodations, and other travel services that they claim had

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The Only Safe Way to Fly with a Baby

Lap infants travel free domestically, but are subject to fees of approximately $17 on international flights to the U.S. (more on flights from Costa Rica); on outbound flights from North America

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Avoid Travel Club Fraud

Judging by recent state actions, travel club fraud is alive and well. Last month, the Illinois attorney general filed a lawsuit against a Kansas-based company and two of its Chicago area sales

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Best Stroller and Car Seat Combos

Not every travel system features a top-notch stroller and a top-performing car seat. Here are the best stroller and car seat combinations from Consumer Reports' tests.

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Best Luggage Reviews – Consumer Reports

Traveling soon? Whether you're wanting to pack light with the best carry-on bag or planning a long vacation, go with luggage that's durable and easy to carry.

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How to Protect Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

For example, you could use New York State’s Excelsior Pass (which remains valid for 180 days) to attend a Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden, but a different app for travel …

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Best Used Cars and SUVs for City Driving

If you're a city dweller, owning a car can be a pain. But if your dreams about escaping to the country on weekends and grocery shopping in the suburbs outweigh the trouble, you’ll want a vehicle

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Rent a Car Seat on Vacation

• Purchasing travel car seats. Essentially this is a spare car seat to use when traveling and keeps your everyday seat from getting damaged during transportation or baggage handling.

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Best Backpack Buying Guide

Sales of backpacks in the U.S. totaled $1.31 billion in 2008, according to the Travel Goods Association. And more than half of all backpacks purchased are for children under 17, according to …

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Choose an Effective COVID-19 Face Mask

New standards from ASTM International will help you choose an effective COVID-19 face mask, Consumer Reports says. You could soon start seeing new …

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How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

For those with sleep apnea, a CPAP machine is often considered the best therapy. Consumer Reports offers advice on how to navigate this sometimes challenging treatment.

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Best Time to Buy Tickets for Thanksgiving Travel

If your travel dates are flexible, planning to return after the Thanksgiving weekend ends (say, on that Tuesday or Wednesday) could help you score a cheaper ticket.

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