Hello, Dinks. We are right smack in the middle of the holiday season. Many people travel to various locations during this time. Some go and visit family for Christmas. Others go to places like Las Vegas or Miami to bring in the New Year. Traveling this time of the year can be very expensive if you don’t plan for it. Today, I want to go over five things that you should consider when you’re trying to save money on travel during the holiday season.
Decide when & where
The first thing that you need to do is to decide when & where you’re going. During this time of the year, the dates are vital especially if you’re flying. Flying one or two days before or after Christmas or New Year’s Day may save you hundreds of dollars. Over the years, I’ve traveled a lot for New Year’s Eve. Learning the 28th or Dec 30th did make a difference. You also need to figure out where you are traveling to. If you’re trying to bring the New Year in some place different, there are a lot of cities to choose from. Just remember major cities will be more expensive than smaller ones.
Once you figure out when and where you’re going, you have to think about how. Do you want to drive, catch the bus, train or do you want to fly? The cheapest option will depend on where you’re going. Take time to check out the different prices and go from there.
The third thing that you need to do is figure out where you’re going to sleep at. If you’re going to see family, hopefully, they have space for you. If not, you will have to consider an alternative option. The first option is to check with a hotel. You may be lucky enough to find a deal on a room, but don’t bank on it. Hotels are typically expensive during this time of the year. Another lodging option that you have is Airbnb. Airbnb is a website where you can rent lodging from different people around the world. You can rent rooms, full apartments or homes. They usually have some great deals on their site.
Check several websites
When you’re making travel plans, make sure that you review different travel sites. You want to make sure that you are getting the best deal. Some sites that you can check are Priceline, Kayak, Hotwire, Skyscanner, and Google Flights. I’ve used all of those sites in the past to compare prices for flights, hotels, and rental cars.
If you have them, and the dates aren’t blacked out, you can use reward points. You can earn rewards with different many credit and debit cards. Many of the credit cards have bonuses that you can get if you spend enough money with them at a particular time. Those points can be used for flights and hotels, If you don’t have any reward points, you should consider getting a credit card that will allow you to earn some next year.