Whether you've been traveling for years or planning your very first trip, there are a few sneaky fees that can take a chunk of your budget no matter how prepared you are.
With travel-related companies constantly updating their policies, it's easy to overlook a rule or new guideline that may result in being charged a staggering fee. According to the Bankrate, domestic airfare prices jumped more than 8 percent from last year. In addition to airfare prices skyrocketing, many airlines are now charging for services that were once complimentary.
Taking into account airfare increases and policy changes, there are still simple ways to avoid pesky travel fees when planning your next trip.
Check out the slideshow below filled with tips and tricks to steer clear of travel fees: