BBB Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT - For teachers, students, or anyone who is craving an end-of-winter vacation, never fear because spring is just around the corner. Spring is a very popular time for short getaways, with the winding down of school and a few long weekends sprinkled in, people are in desperate need to take advantage of the long awaited warmer weather.Oh but traveling - the stress that comes with it is almost not worth the vacation! Booking a flight, paying for the flight, dealing with the time it takes just to get to your destination and back… there is so much time that goes into getting to your vacation that takes away from actually enjoying your vacation, right?So have you thought of having your cake and eating it too? And by that I mean taking a vacation but keeping it local by visiting a place like one of the New England islands? The Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island… these are popular destinations that just happen to be in your backyard; so why not take advantage of them?We talked to local BBB Accredited travel agencies to hear what they have to say about traveling locally during the beautiful spring season:Enlist a travel agent“One of the best things one can do to ease preparation for travel is to use a professional agent that specializes in the type of vacation being planned,” said President of BBB Accredited Business Ed Hamilton & Co, Steve McCrea. “A good agent will not only proactively help with tips and hints, but is also a resource for myriad ‘small’ questions that come up just before departure.”Travel at off-times“Be flexible with your travel dates. This might be as simple as traveling on a Tuesday instead of Sunday. Always recommend this if you are able to adjust vacation dates,” noted Owner of BBB Accredited Business Destinations By Sue, Sue Delaney. “Also, planning travel around the ‘shoulder’ season of the destination could make thousands of dollars of a difference, depending on the destination… the crowds are smaller -- as is the price tag.”Pack accordingly for the weather"Coming from A New England City, the weather can be very unpredictable,” offered Owner of BBB Accredited Business A Heavenly Trip, Yvette Watson. “When sorting through your wardrobe you will most likely have winter clothes already hanging in your closet. I like to have a set of spring clothes already packed so I am not sifting through my warm climate clothes. It makes my packing faster and easier."Enjoy it!“Spring is a great time to travel… traveling locally to places you have never been is a great way to spread the word about how wonderful New England is in the spring,” added Owner of BBB Accredited Business Dream Come True Travel, Maryella Blundo. “Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and the famous New England countryside and lake and ocean trips are beckoning you to climb on board for a spring picnic at the foot of one of our famous lighthouses. If you are feeling brave you can even overnight in one and experience the history!”For more information on how to plan your next trip carefully to avoid travel scams, make sure to check out these trustworthy tips from your BBB.For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org.