Save. Spend. Live. The Gulf Winds Blog
How to Save for Your Holiday Travels

How to Save for Your Holiday Travels

Today, it’s more common than not for families to be spread across the United States. With excellent job opportunities sprouting up in different cities around the country, most people don’t live in the same city as their parents and siblings anymore. This can make the holidays stressful as busy families struggle to find the time and money to visit family members hours away.

Visiting Family Doesn’t Have to Be a Burden

Most of the stress that comes from traveling stems from a lack of preparation. People neglect to save ahead, or they put off making traveling plans until the last minute, which makes the holidays more complicated than they should be. Here are some ways to prepare for holiday traveling:

  • Start a budget and stick to it. Remove unnecessary daily expenses like visiting the coffee shop or eating lunch at a restaurant.
  • Open a savings account specifically for your travels and put your excess money there so it’s out of reach.
  • Save money by booking your airline ticket months in advance.
  • Don’t pay expensive parking fees at the airport. Have a friend drive you or use a taxi service.

While these tips don’t look like much, you’ll be surprised how they can help you save.

Arrive Stress Free

If you’re flying for the holidays and do have to book a flight at the last minute, try flying on the actual holiday. Many times that’s cheaper because no one wants to do it.

The key to saving for the holiday is being prepared ahead of time. As a rule, waiting until the last minute to plan your travels ends up costing much more. This is because you’ve allowed yourself to get into a situation where you have to pay a higher price to have something immediate. People who plan ahead, on the other hand, have more flexibility in their purchasing options.







Photo Credit: user surasaki


Share on