Most of us love to travel, but imagine how much more we would love it if didn't come with the chance of delayed flights, expensive hotels or unexpected fees. Luckily, you can avoid many travel-related hassles if you plan ahead. With a few pointers, anyone can plan a carefree trip, she says.
See it, Buy it
You may mull over a good airplane fare hoping it might get even lower later. Instead of waiting, purchase the ticket. Department of Transportation rules that took effect in January 2012 allow travelers to cancel a booking without penalty 24 hours after the reservation is made, as long as the reservation is made one week or more before departure.