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Maximize spring break with these travel tips

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Spring is around the corner and it’s time to hit the road for a much-needed break from winter routines. While the word “vacation” elicits visions of fun, adventure or relaxation, getting there and making the most of it takes a little preparation. 

Planning your trip

  • Pick a destination that has something everyone can look forward to -- adults and children alike. 
  • Once you have a destination in mind, set a realistic budget that you can afford. 
  • Make flight and hotel reservations early to help save money on travel costs.

If traveling by car…

  • Schedule your vehicle for any needed pre-trip maintenance – oil change, tires/breaks, windshield wipers, etc.
  • Keep younger travelers safe with appropriately sized and properly functioning car seats.
  • GPS systems and smartphone apps are a great way to get you where you are going, but know your route in advance and bring a printed road atlas as a backup. 

If traveling by plane…

  • Try traveling on less popular days and scheduling your flights early in the morning or late at night.
  • Be sure to know your airline’s requirements for carry-on and checked bags, including dimensions and weights.
  • Bundle your flight reservation with hotel, rental car and amusement park packages to help save you money using online travel sites, or through club memberships.

Before you go…

  • Install smart outlets or timers that can turn lights on and off to give the appearance that your home is occupied. 
  • Arrange for a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to stop by and check for deliveries, water leaks or other signs of activity. 
  • Set up some basic home monitoring devices that include indoor and outdoor security cameras.
  • Adjust your thermostat for energy savings – better yet, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat like the Carrier® Infinity® System Control.

And, if you are already calling your local Carrier HVAC contractor about adding a new smart thermostat, don’t forget to schedule your annual spring HVAC system clean and check!

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