It is estimated that 41 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season. World travel author, Wayne Dunlap - Plan Your Escape, offers some common travel scams and how to avoid them making holiday traveling more enjoyable.

1) Always pay with a credit card. Fraudulent discount travel clubs and other operators have been known to take people’s money and run. Also, legitimate companies can go out of business. Credit cards are safer because the charge can be disputed if the promised services were misrepresented. For best protection, report any problem promptly. Also, call the airline, hotel, cruise, and car rental companies and verify that the reservation has been made.

2) Be aware of hidden charges - even from well-known companies. Read the fine print. What may look like a great deal may have hidden costs and mandatory fees not included in the price. Airline flights often have additional fees. Hotels can add up to 20% extra to the bill for taxes and fees commonly named resort, service, parking, Internet, and energy. Car rentals may require additional insurance and other fees. Flight and hotel costs may be left out of a great deal on a cruise.

3) Be cautious of a deal too good to be true. Offers claiming free things such as a hotel stay are often fraudulent where additional travel items such as airfare needs to be booked and the hotel is nothing like what was offered. Be cautious of e-mail requests for help from ‘friends’. E-mail addresses may be obtained from social media sites. Be particularly cautious when giving personal information such as passport and credit card details.

Many more proven secrets how to have more adventure and romance and travel the world for less than $100/day for a couple are revealed in Dunlap’s new how-to world travel book Plan Your Escape, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home, The Dunlaps escaped their 9 to 5 routines, rented their home, and traveled the world for the past 2 years visiting 51 countries and are members of the exclusive Travelers’ Century Club - 100 countries. A former economics professor, Dunlap comments: “We could never have afforded to travel the world for 2 years without these hundreds of cost-saving tips and bargain-finding strategies.”

Wayne’s wife, Pat, calls Plan Your Escape the how-to-do Eat, Pray, Love book. “Choosing to run away with my husband and best friend, has been the most rewarding lifestyle change one can make and has brought us closer together,” she happily notes.

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Wayne & Pat Dunlap have a sincere desire to share with others how they can have a life-changing world travel experience. To interview them about their incredible 2-year adventure visiting 51 countries and how it changed their life or about their how-to world travel book Plan Your Escape, please contact Wayne Dunlap. Learn more about the Dunlaps and additional information, including a media press kit and their popular world travel blog at: or call: (858) 336-6832.

Author's Bio: 

Wayne Dunlap: World Traveler - Travelers' Century Club 100 countries, Former Economics professor, CEO & Author – help people Unhook from their 9 to 5 routines and realize their travel dreams. See our popular World Travel Blog: and World Travel Book “Plan Your Escape” website: