It’s great to spend the holidays with family, but traveling can be so expensive. You may spend even more money traveling for fun during the holiday season due to entertainment costs. The holidays are already so expensive and traveling takes up quite a bit of your budget.
Thankfully, there are ways to save. Whether you skip the checked luggage or check for inexpensive restaurants, you can save big on holiday travel.
Ask a Friend to Drive You to the Airport
Depending on how long you’ll be gone, parking your car at the airport can get quite expensive. Instead of driving yourself, ask a friend to drive you. This can save you so much money and you won’t have to worry about your car.
If you live quite a distance from the airport, check if you can take your local transportation like the train or a bus to the airport. You could then ask your friend to drop you off at the light rail station instead of the airport.
And, if you don't have any friends available to drive you, you can google for coupons for off-site airport parking or even check out if a transportation service for a ride to and from the airport is cheaper than paying for parking during your stay.
Skip the Checked Luggage
Airlines continue to add fees and jack up the prices on checked luggage. Instead of paying for the airline to potentially lose your belongings, skip the checked luggage altogether. Only take the essentials and wear as much of your clothing as you can. Watch videos to see how to make the most of your carry on so that you can pack as efficiently as possible.
You also want to shop around for the best prices on airfare and hotel rooms. There are many comparison sites out there (like Trivago). Make sure to look at as many as possible and keep track of who has the best deal in a spreadsheet.
Take Advantage of Hotel Breakfast Options
It may only be one meal a day, but a hotel that has an excellent free breakfast can save you money. Some even offer to-go breakfast options that allow you to quickly get on your way each morning. Read the reviews of each hotel you’re considering to make sure the free breakfast is actually good and good quality. The last thing you want are stale donuts and coffee.
Check for Inexpensive Entertainment, Restaurants, and More
Before heading out, look for inexpensive things to do in the area and the best restaurants to eat at for the least amount of money. Buffets are always a good option and many offer free meals for kids. Again, make sure you check the reviews to see if the food is good and the restaurant is clean.
You don’t have to spend a fortune traveling during the holidays. Whether you’re traveling to visit family or just want to get away from the holidays, you can save money.