Check out online rentals prior to hitting the road


The rise of online vacation rental sites has provided greater access to affordable stays.
Better Business Bureau says there are risks consumers need to understand as well.
Operations such as Airbnb, VRBO and FlipKey supply an array of possibilities, but travelers may want to give some of them a pass during their planning.
Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington says it received more than 37,000 inquiries from potential travelers looking for companies to help plan their trips.
The BBB suggests reading reviews, looking for a minimum of three on a given unit with no negative posts. Take a careful look at the photos posted, the bureau suggest professional photos with watermarks will provide the best insight.
Understand there may be transient taxes on top of the advertised price as well as service charges, cleaning fees and security deposits. It’s a good idea to talk with the host ahead of time, asking about cancellations policies and other details.  Websites don’t necessarily perform background checks on rental site hosts, so it’s up to you to do your due diligence.

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A mobile communications trade association says half of the motor vehicles sold this year will have Internet capability and 10 years from now, it will be standard on all cars.
Here is a report from Inside Radio.

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One person’s high-speed data plan is another’s tortoise.  With more and more people working from home, or remotely, broadband speed is more important than ever and will continue at an increasing rate. The Economic Times takes a look at the issue.

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