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Travel tips to save time

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During the holiday season, traveling can be quite a pain. Heavy traffic and crowded airports can put a damper on your plans. But there are some things you can do, to help make your vacation more enjoyable. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year to be on the road. So before you rush out the door, take a few minutes to get online to make your traveling easier. Here are some tips... Dial 5-1-1 from your cell phone. This nationwide service will give you specific traffic patterns, estimated driving times, and current and future weather conditions for wherever you're headed; and it's free! Sean O'Neal with Budget Travel advises those traveling by air to visit to check on your flight status. Simply type the airline's name and your flight number into the search engine, and find out if your flight is on-time, or if there are any changes you need to know about. Those of you who planned ahead and booked your trip way in advance, may have overpaid. To find out, visit Yapta tracks flights for you, alerts you when prices drop, and can even get you refunds after you've already booked. If you still don't have plans - but want to take a trip, you may be in luck. Some airlines actually drop their rates days right before the holidays. Try search engines like Expedia, Travelocity or 11th Hour Vacations to find a good deal. Mapquest often produces a round-about way of getting to your location. Google Earth has specific directions that were very helpful, so look into those before hitting the highway.

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