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7 Easy Tips to Save Money on Holiday Travel
Are you looking to save money for holiday travel?
It is the holiday period and many people travel during the holidays. Looking to save money for holiday travel. Use the seven easy tips below to help you save money on your holiday travel and reduce your stress level.
7 Easy Tips to Save Money on Holiday Travel
1. Be Flexible
The best way to save money on your flight is to be flexible with your travel dates. Most people travel before and after the holidays and this drives up ticket prices. For example, if you want to travel the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the chances are that the ticket will cost much higher than if you choose to travel on Thanksgiving Day. It may not be ideal for everyone else, but your goal is to save money.
2. Research flights/airline
Always do your research on the different airline policies and fees to determine which is the best deal. For example, one time we booked a “cheaper flight” for an international flight. However, that flight turned out to be more expensive than the other flights when we added the luggage and carry on cost. Some of these fees can add up fast and cause your stress level to go up. Avoid the stress by doing your research.
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3. Research different travel alternatives (Plane, Car or Train)
Airline tickets can be pretty expensive these days. Rather than decide not to travel because the airline tickets are expensive, consider an alternative mode of transportation. It can be cheaper to travel by car, train or bus. Get the cost for each mode of transportation, compare the cost, the time and how easy it will be to get to your destination. Flying may not be an option this time, it may be driving, riding the bus or train. Determine what is best for your budget.
4. Don’t park at the airport
I prefer parking my vehicle at an airport park and ride. However, airport parking fees tend to go up during the holiday season. Have a friend drop you off and pick you up from the airport. There is also the option of riding with Uber or Lyft, taxi or using public transportation.
5. Pack Light
Weigh your suitcase before leaving the house to avoid surprise fees at the airport. Pay for checked bags online before you leave the house; it is cheaper to pay online than at the airport. Take advantage of Amazon’s offer of free shipping on any order this holiday season. Consider shipping your gifts directly to your destination as opposed to carrying it in your suitcase and accumulating luggage fees.
I always carry a backpack on the plane for snacks for the family. I don’t anticipate delays when I am traveling.
The power of positive thinking.
However, when traveling, expect minor to heavy delays possibly due to inclement weather especially during the winter months. Be prepared for any delays by packing snacks like
Popcorn, Apples, Grapes, these will hold you up until you get to your destination or leave the airport.
The last time I traveled, I had to take out all of the snacks from the backpack and I felt like all eyes were on me. ☹ Despite the embarrassment, I was happy not to have spent a ton of money on airport food.
Liquid Tip: Airports do not allow liquids through airport security. You can carry an empty water bottle to get water from the water fountain or purchase bottled water or a drink.
7. Stay with Family
Staying with family seems like a no brainier especially if you have relatives where you are going. I am sure there are many people that are rolling their eyes at this suggestion. In my immediate family, we stay at each other’s homes when we visit each other. I thank God that we have that type of relationship. It definitely saves money on holiday travel.
Make arrangements with your family member ahead of time just in case they already have alternate plans. I think for the most part, your relative will be happy you are staying with them as long as you don’t invade their privacy.
Use the holiday travel tips to plan for your travel. When you plan ahead of time, you’ll save money and enjoy a less stressful travel period.
What are your money saving holiday travel tips? Please share in the comments below.
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