If you’re planning a road trip this summer, avoid the following myths as your finalize your travel details.

Myth 1: The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day for travel.

Nope, according to USA Today, the busiest travel days generally occur during the summer, the exact date changing from year to year. According to the Department of Transportation, the busiest day in 2014 was Aug. 8. But the big holidays, such as 4th of July and Labor Day, tend to see a spike in travel, so you can assume the road and airports will be busy.

Remember, this year the eclipse will be a major event in Central Oregon, so consider planning your vacation to somewhere not impacted by the eclipse. It might be less busy, easier to move around and get lodging, and possibly even less expensive.

Myth 2: The best airfare deals are available on Tuesdays

According to a 2014 study by the Airlines Reporting Corporation, Sundays 50 to 100 days before your departure date are the best time to buy coach tickets, costing on average $110 less than the overall average ticket price.

Myth 3: “Staycations” are always less expensive

If you’re flying, it’s not always cheaper to stick close to home–especially if you’re not flying from a major hub city to another hub city. Check airline prices online, and you might be surprised that greater distances don’t always correlate with a greater price.

Myth 4: Nothing is ever free

If you’re travelling to a tourist destination, there are always freebies available–particularly for kids. A simple Google search can save you money. There are often coupon books available which are usually distributed to locals, too.

When you are ready to travel…

Remember to let Mid Oregon know about your vacation plans. You debit or credit card transactions in that far away place won’t be questioned. If you use our CardNavâ„  mobile debit card technology, be sure you adjust any geographic use restrictions for your destinations.

Our Summer Skip-A-Pay program for many of our loans might also be available to give you a little extra cash for that great vacation. For more details, and to participate in Skip-a-Payment, get started here.