Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide
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Unsure travel insurance

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January 2013: Is travel insurance a good idea? Maybe, maybe not. First, crunch some numbers. A tour package may have set cancellation penalties in the back of the brochure, but hotels can usually be cancelled within 24 hours. If you’re not traveling for four months, why take out insurance that covers a hotel? Make sure […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide
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Should I book a tour package?

The short answer: For convenience, yes. For price, no (with exceptions). A tour package should do what you want it to do. That means you should talk about your vacation first, pick the parks/attractions you want to see, and discuss where you want to stay coupled with what you can afford. Some people read the […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide
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Getting to Orlando

If you stand beside Interstate 4, you swear everyone drives to Orlando. If you stand in the middle of Orlando International Airport, you swear everyone flies. If you stand in front of the Auto-train station, you swear everyone arrives by rail – and that they’re 70-years old. But at least you’ve got options. If coming […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Travel Guide
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Getting around Orlando

Once people arrive in Orlando for a vacation or business, many rent a car, and Orlando dealers have a huge inventory. A car offers two benefits: One, it’s the cheapest deal if you plan to see several non-related theme parks or attractions and maybe go to the beach. Two – and most important to instant-gratification […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide
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Getting the lowest airfare

October 2011: Business travelers know how to book an airline flight, but many Orlando visitors book flights rarely, if at all. In the olden days, you booked through a travel agent and she tracked down the lowest fare possible. In the here-and-now, a travel agent may find the lowest fare, but most then tack a […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Travel Guide
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Renting a car

A handful of car rental companies say “located at the Orlando airport,” meaning they have a rental booth within the terminal. Some, but not all, also have rental cars within walking distance. In general, it doesn’t matter too much, and all offsite rental companies offer a free transfer from Orlando International or the nearby Sanford […] Read more...