Need to get away? National Shop for Travel Day is perfect opportunity

It’s rare when Floridians need to head to a warmer climate, but cold weather and post-holiday blues have many consumers looking ahead to their next vacation.

National Shop for Travel Day is Tuesday, Jan. 9. The day was founded by the Travel Technology Association to celebrate the joy of travel and highlight the technology that has transformed the way consumers research, plan, and book their vacations.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services newsletter offers these timeless travel tips for consumers:

  • Before contracting with a travel business, visit or call the department at 1.800.HELP.FLA (435.7352) to determine whether it is registered and if there are any complaints against it.
  • Beware of high-pressure sales tactics and pitches that require immediate payment. Do not make hasty decisions.
  • Obtain all information and details in writing.
  • Know and understand the business’ (cruise line, airline, hotel, etc.) cancellation policy before making your purchase. Some purchases may be nonrefundable or have penalties for rescheduling.
  • Remember that vacation certificates can be canceled within 30 days from the date of purchase or when accommodations or facilities are not available when requested for use as provided in the contract.
  • Always follow the terms and conditions provided by the business when requesting a refund.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection, and information. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s hotline by calling 1.800.HELP.FLA (435.7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1.800.FL.AYUDA (352.9832), or visit