Holiday travel expenses can be outrageous and can dampen the amount of fun you have on your trip. Knowing how to ease the holiday travel expenses can increase the amount of activities you can do on your trip and can make you a lot happier. It is important to know the most common ways to save money on your holiday travel costs so that you can save money and enjoy your trip without worry. Cutting your holiday travel expenses can come from a variety of sources but here are five suggestions to get you started on saving money.
1. The biggest way to save money on your holiday travel this year is to plan ahead and book your flight early. If you are going to be flying during your holiday travel, it is important that you plan ahead and book your flight months in advance. You want to book your flight at least a month in advance to make sure enough flights are available and that you get the best price. The prices of airline tickets will increase as it gets closer to the peak holiday rush so booking early can easily save you hundreds of dollars. Booking early will also allow you to pick your seats, flight connections if they are needed and you might even be able to book roundtrip for less. Wherever you are intending to travel to this holiday, booking your transportation early is essential and the best way to save money.
2. It is also important to know that if you are traveling by car this holiday season, you can save money on gas by following a couple rules. You do not want to increase your overall speed to over 60 miles per hour, because you will waste more gas during your trip. Maintaining a speed at about 60 miles per hour on the freeway is a great way to save yourself on gas expenses related to your traveling. Never accelerate too fast either when you are driving because this will also burn gas faster and result in you paying more money at the pump. Make sure your car is in good working condition and have a tune-up if needed which can help cut down on the gas expenses and save you money on repairs. Also you should check to make sure that your tires are inflated properly so that you can get the most gas mileage out of your vehicle which also saves you money during your trip.
3. Booking your travel outside of the normal holiday peak period is also essential if you want to save money on your expenses. Usually booking a couple of days before a holiday is considered peak time and will result in higher prices and more fees on your travel. If you want the best holiday travel deals you should book your travel before the holiday. If you want to travel for Christmas, then you should look at extending your stay from about December 10 through the day after Christmas. A week before the holiday starts peak time for Christmas so you want to make sure you get to your destination before then for the best prices and leaving right after Christmas all will help cut your expenses. Each airline or hotel will have their own rules on their peak times so you should ask what dates offer better prices.
4. You should also look at flying out of an airport that might be a couple hours away from you to save money as well. If you live near a big Metropolitan area, you will be paying more to fly out of that airport than one a couple hours away from you. It would be a good idea to check all of the airports within a few hours drive from you to see who offers the best prices for what you want. If you find out that the airport further away from you offers a better deal, ask a friend to drive you up there and drop you off. Having a friend or family member take you to the distant airport will cut any cost associated with leaving your own car at the airport and will also help you cut taxi expenses from your travel costs.
5. Another aspect of holiday travel costs is eating during the trip, which can be very expensive. One way to help cut down on the food expenses is to pack your own food if you are traveling by car this holiday season. Instead of stopping at a fast food restaurant for a quick bite to eat, you could pack your own bread, lunchmeat, cheese and condiments to make for a less expensive meal option. The only thing you will need to do is get a cooler and fill it with ice so that you can keep everything cold so it does not spoil. You can buy enough lunchmeat, bread and condiments to have for a couple days for under $20, which is cheaper than fast food restaurants. Buying your own food for your holiday traveling can cut down significantly on your eating expenses so that when you get to your destination, you will have more money for entertainment. You could also buy your own food at the grocery store near your destination so you could make your own meals where you are staying, which also helps cut down on food costs while you are traveling. Sure it is nice to go out to a nice dinner here and there while you are out on your holiday travel, but make sure you do not spend all your money on eating.