Many consumers are planning for a vacation getaway. Whether you’re going overseas by plane or hitting the interstate for a road trip, take a look at the Better Business Bureau’s vacation tips.

Social media. Be cautious of what information you put on social media. If you post your travel dates or pictures of your vacation destination, you might be letting thieves know you are out of town.

Public wi-fi. Don’t access personal information while surfing on public Wi-Fi. Remember, public networks are less secure and scammers may use these networks to steal your information.

Hotels, flights and gickets. If purchasing hotels, flights, car rentals, tickets or anything else in advance through a website, be sure you are dealing with a reputable site. Fake websites can pop up and offer you a low price but take your money or your personal information.

Get it in writing. Be sure to get all the details ahead of time and in writing. Confirm things such as total cost, restrictions, refund and cancellation policies.

Payment methods. Use your credit card whenever possible instead of a debit card. Most credit cards offer protection in case you need to dispute charges.

Ask BBB. Before you give any money to book your hotel, flight or any other activity, check out the company at to make sure you are dealing with a reputable business.

For more tips, go to or call 1-800-388-2222.

Mindy Eaton, director of communications and marketing for the Better Business Bureau’s regional office, can be reached at