Budget Friendly Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel

Save Money on Holiday Travel

The holidays are fast approaching and now is a good time to start preparing for the season of spending and for holiday traveling. Every year, traveling can get more expensive over the holidays, but if you use these tips, you will be able to stay within budget and even save money on holiday travel with no worries.

Save Money on Air Travel

Start planning right now

When you book your airfare and travel ahead of time, it is easier to find those good deals. Booking early can also save you money, so you should plan to do that at least 30 days in advance. It may be true that you could get some savings when you catch one of the last minute deals, however, during the holidays, there is more traveling and you may not always get that break.

Book travel in the middle of the week

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most inexpensive days to travel than the rest of the week such as on Fridays and Sundays. Keep in mind though that during the holidays, traveling immediately before or after a holiday is more expensive, so be sure to travel accordingly for bigger savings. If you don’t mind traveling on the holiday itself like on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day, you may be able to find better deals also.

Cheaper Prices on Tuesdays

Another way to keep your holiday traveling budget on point is to search for fares on Tuesday mornings. The majority of airlines will mark down their prices at that time.

Save Money Driving

Get proper rest

A good night’s sleep will make a world of difference before your travel day and the trip more enjoyable. When you have been driving for a long period of time and become tired, it’s best to pull over to a save area and rest. This should be done every 2 hours or 100 miles.

Car maintenance

Be sure that you car has been checked out before traveling. Your car should have a proper oil change if needed, tires should be inflated to the proper amount of air and other maintenance that needs to be done. Having a clean car from the inside out will also keep your spirits up while traveling.

Be prepared for emergencies

Blankets, boots, extra gloves and a flashlight should be kept in the trunk of your car. Kitty litter, sand, or traction mats should also be kept on hand for ice surfaces when you need more traction. Your gas tank should also be at least half full so that the fuel line low not freeze.

It can be stressful when you think about the many miles that you have to travel during the holidays. These tips should help keep your stress level down and for you to enjoy the flight or drive to your destination.

Do you have any other tips on how to save money on holiday travel?