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How To Save Money On Holiday Travel

How To Save Money On Holiday Travel

Millions of people plan on traveling during the holiday season. Whether it's to visit family or simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, traveling between the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas is a must for many. Although at first glance traveling can seem like a huge expense, there are several easy ways to save money during your trip so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation and less time stressing about finances. 

1. Consider staying with family or friends instead of in a hotel. One of the biggest expenses during holiday travel is lodging. If you can stay with a family member or friend for free, you could save hundreds of dollars during your trip. Be sure to bring a nice gift for your host as a token of your appreciation. 

2. Book lodging in advance. If staying with a loved one isn't an option, you can still save money on lodging by booking ahead of time. Many hotels offer deals in September and October, so if you know the dates you'd like to travel, book as soon as possible. This is especially important if you plan to make use of travel rewards points. 

3. Search around for the cheapest flight. While a direct flight may be more convenient, it can also be quite costly. Consider booking a less expensive flight with an extended layover in a city where you can explore while you wait for your next flight. Another option is to fly into a smaller city and then rent a car to travel to your destination. Smaller airports are often cheaper to fly into and renting a car can save you hundreds of dollars. 

4. Pack light. Excess baggage fees can really add up when flying so be sure to do your research ahead of time and see what the airline's weight restrictions are. If you're only traveling for a short amount of time, pack only the essentials in a carry-on bag and then purchase toiletries when you arrive at your destination. 

5. Plan out your trip ahead of time. If you want to go on any excursions during your trip, do your research in advance. Many museums, restaurants, and other entertainment destinations offer discounts on their websites. These discounts can really add up when you plan on visiting multiple places and dining out a lot. 

Holiday travel is something that many look forward to every year. It's a time to unwind with your loved ones and leave the stresses of your day to day life behind. If you plan in advance and make use of discounts and special offers, your holiday travel can be an enjoyable experience that won't break the bank.

 

About The Author

Gerald Woods is Director of Operation at Solace Connect, LLC based in San Antonio, TX.  He has written many articles on various topics dealing with onliGerald Woodsne streaming, fashion, fitness, and a host of other topics.  He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a B.B.A . in Finance.  Follow his team and him at Facebook or by subscribing to our News Letter at the bottom of this webpage.

 

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