Traveling during the holidays can be expensive, especially over long distances. However there are ways to cut some of the costs and save a little bit of money for things like gifts, food and paying the bills. Here’s how.
Traveling by plane is probably the fastest and most convenient way to get from relative A to relative B but can be very pricey. Try some of these tips to help save money.
1. Book tickets at least two weeks in advance this can cut prices up to half.
2. Book all of your tickets at once. Having multiple passengers will often cut down on the prices.
3. Check with the airline before booking to be sure they allow free luggage. Some do not for continental flight. This will lead to a nasty and expensive luggage bill.
4. If you have not signed up for an air miles account do so quickly. This will lead to cheaper prices and savings in the future.
5. Always book round trip, this is often cheaper for both flights or the same price as just one way.
Traveling by car can be quite pricey especially if you have a long trip. Vehicle maintenance and gas will quickly add up to eat away at your budget. Add this to the fact that you still have to feed everyone in the car and you will be facing a pretty heft bill.
1. If you have a long trip try renting or borrowing an RV and avoid those costly hotel stays. RV parks are usually priced at around $25 per night as opposed to $65 per hotel room.
2. Drive 55, this is the most gas efficient speed. It may take a little longer but the savings are worth it.
3. Try to eat at fast food restaurants rather then normal ones. You are sure to get enough home cooked food when you get where your going so having a bit of fast food won’t hurt.
4. Check your GPS or google maps beforehand and make sure you are taking the shortest possible route.
5. Always make sure your car is in the best possible condition. This saves gas and can save on an expensive tow to the mechanic if your car breaks down.
If renting an RV is not an option you can try fitting the maximum number of people possible in each room. Most children really don’t mind sleeping on the floor with a sleeping bag or sharing a bed with a sibling. Also running to a store in the morning and buying a loaf of bread and some lunch meat is a cheaper and healthier alternative to fast food. Also try bringing snacks and drinks along from home as they are a 1/4 the price from a normal store rather then a gas station or convenience store.