5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel

By Jace Dela Cruz

Dec 19, 2023 01:18 AM EST

The excitement of traveling and festive gatherings during the holiday season is coupled with the looming concern of overspending and financial strain. Balancing the joy of the holidays with financial prudence is a common challenge, but there are ways to enjoy holiday travel without breaking the bank. 

GOBankingRates offers some recommendations to make your holiday journey both memorable and cost-effective.

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Visitors walk in the polar dream installation at Gric Tunnel under Zagrebs's centre, during the Christmas Market and Advent, in Zagreb, on December 18, 2023. Zagreb's advent is one of the popular tourist destination during the Christmas season in this part of Europe.

Holiday Travel Tips: Find Cheaper Flights

One major expense during holiday travel is the airfare. Linda Chavez, founder and CEO of Seniors Life Insurance Finder, suggests looking for cheaper flights while maintaining flexibility in travel dates and destinations.

Exploring off-peak seasons, considering layover flights, and staying informed about airline promotions through newsletters can all contribute to significant savings.

Look for Travel Rewards

According to Chavez, utilizing travel rewards programs or credit cards that provide points and discounts for flights, accommodations, and other travel expenses is a wise strategy. It is advisable to look into student or senior discounts, group rates, and promotional packages to optimize cost savings. 

Plan Your Meals in Advance

Planning meals in advance is another strategy to control expenses. Eating out for every meal can quickly add to your spending, so consider cooking some meals yourself. Seek out local markets or grocery stores for affordable ingredients, and choose accommodations with kitchen facilities if possible.

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Consider Cheaper Alternatives for Hotel Rooms

Lodging is a crucial factor in travel costs. Instead of choosing expensive hotels, explore alternative options such as homestays, Airbnb, camping, or home-sharing services. These alternatives are more cost-effective and offer an opportunity to deeply engage with the local culture and connect with residents. 

Write a Budget Plan and Stick to It

Establishing and adhering to a budget is the most essential for cost-effective travel. Outline anticipated expenses for transportation, accommodations, meals, activities, and souvenirs, and monitor spending consistently throughout the journey to maintain budgetary discipline.

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