Many families travel for the holidays. Some travel by car, others by plane, and others by bus. Regardless of how you travel, it can become quite expensive just being away from home. Between travel, lodging, food and other expenses, you might find your checkbook hurting more than you anticipated once the holidays are over! Here are some tips to save money on your holiday vacation.
Lodging is one of the biggest expenses there is when it comes to traveling. Hotels can be expensive and the longer your stay, the more expensive they get! If you’re traveling to see family or friends for the holidays, it might be a good idea to see if you can stay with them rather than spending money on a hotel! This will not only be cheaper, but will give you plenty of time with your family during your trip.
If staying with family or friends isn’t an option, look into other rental options. Check the classifieds in the area you’re going to. Many times, you might be able to find someone willing to rent you a room, apartment, or even a house for a short term stay for much cheaper than a hotel. Also, be sure to look into hostels and timeshares, as these may save you money as well.
If you’re staying in a hotel, try to get a hotel that has a kitchen. Look for things like a stove top, microwave and dishes. Being able to go grocery shopping and prepare your own meals in the hotel, will save you a lot of money. One of the biggest expenses involved in travel is the cost of eating out all the time.
If you’re staying with family or friends, odds are your food expenses will stay relatively low, but don’t make your loved ones foot the entire bill. Pitch in and buy some groceries to contribute.
Traveling can be quite expensive. Plane ticket prices are ever soaring, with additional fuel charges and more! Be sure to price shop and use websites such as Priceline or Hotwire to find the best deals. You may even consider taking the bus to your location. The trip may be longer, but it might be less expensive. In addition, be sure to reserve your tickets as far in advance as possible, as this may cut down the cost substantially.