With Americans traveling more than ever today, both domestically and internationally, it's important to develop smart traveling habits. Whether you are venturing around the world or road-tripping across your home state, traveling smart is a must if you want to get the most out of your vacation without spending more.
Check out the infographic below to see how Americans are already traveling smart.
Nine out of 10 Americans consider themselves Smart Travelers…but how savvy are they really?
We asked Americans to give themselves a "Smart Traveler" grade. Out of the respondents, 22% gave themselves an A grade, 63% gave themselves a B grade, and 15% gave themselves a C-F grade.
Smart travelers think they know their stuff, but even informed travelers may not be aware of their credit card fees and benefits. Out of the respondents, 36% don't know if their card has a foreign transaction fee, 27% don't know how many Travel points/miles they have, and 21% don't know if their card has a smart chip.
Some of the top ways Americans are prepring for vacation include 65% provide emergency contact details to friends/family, 41% alert their credit card company, and 14% apply for TSA pre-check.
The American's top travel expenses are lodging (34%), food/beverages (24%), tours and attractions (18%), transportation (14%), and shoping (9%). Millenials are spending most of their vacation money on food/beverage (33%).
The top ways Americans are saving on travel includes pre-planning vacations months in advance, traveling during off-peak seasons, and utilizing websites that offer discounts. Only 38% use credit card points to offset costs.
1,944 respondents surveyed in September 2014 ©: Bank of America Corporation