The holidays are almost here. That means many people will be hitting the road to visit family. We think about the normal costs like gifts and food but forget all about the money we’re going to have to spend to visit our family. Here are a few tips to help save you on Holiday traveling this year.
1. Air Fare
If you’re traveling by air start looking for you tickets right now.The sooner the better.
Try not to arrive or depart the days prior or just following the holiday. A lot of people are heading home, and the rates are higher than normal.
Be flexible with your travel dates. Coming home a day early or late could save you hundreds. If you’re going to fly play with your dates and the times you depart and arrive. Usually traveling in the middle of the week is less expensive than traveling on a Friday or Sunday.
Try traveling from a different airport. Sometimes this can result in saving a bundle.
When my step son travels there are two airports they are equal distances from him, but to travel from one is usually 300 hundred dollars more.
When your picking your airline tickets make sure you also take in account the expense of carrying your luggage. The tickets might look cheaper, but when you take in account the fees associated you might not be saving as much as you thought.
Gas prices are down. Consider driving. If you have kids or a large family you could save quite a bit. Use Fuel Economy to figure out what the cost would be to travel by car. You can then compare flying and driving to figure out which would be more affordable.
6.Stay with family
If you going to visit family trying staying with a family member. When we visit my husbands family we stay with his mother. It saves us upwards of 700 dollars for our week stay. Plus our kiddos get more time with their granny.
7.Look for groupons or coupons
look for deals you can take advantage on. You can usually find some great deals on hotels, dinners, rental cars, or whatever else you’re looking for. If you’re traveling by car stop at the state welcome center or even the chamber of commerce. You might be able to snag a few good deals.
8.Go grocery shopping
Go grocery shopping. Buy things that you will need why you’re staying there. Even if you’re in a hotel you can buy drinks, snacks, and other things to keep with you. It eliminates the runs to the gas station or fast food places.
With planning, Holiday traveling doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg.
Are you planning to do any Holiday Traveling?