If you are planning on traveling over the holiday season you may be looking at your budget and wondering how you are going to do it. While airlines don’t usually offer deep discounts, there are other ways to save money on holiday travel. Start with a holiday travel budget and then use these tips to stick with it.
Accommodation – The best way to save money on accommodation is to stay with family or friends. If that is not possible, you can find great discounts on hotels on the internet. Many of the group deal sites have accommodation deals for more popular areas, however, there is no need to fear if your destination choice is a little off the beaten path.
Discount Hotel Sites can help you save quite a bit of money on hotel rooms. Whether you place a bid for what you want to pay or you find a good deal straight out, you can save a lot of money. If you have a certain hotel in mind, you can do an online search with the words “coupon code” and the hotel name. This will let you know if there are any coupons out there that may save you money or lead to a great upgrade.
Meal Planning – Whether staying at a relative’s house or at a hotel, it is likely you will have to purchase food at some point. Purchasing your own food and using the equipment you have on hand can help save you a ton of money. Eating out three times a day can often put a strain on the budget. Even if you just prepare one meal a day the savings will be significant.
Consider what you will have on hand, for example a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and then plan on purchasing things that don’t need much preparation. Before arriving, research the grocery stores that are in the area and take a look at their coupon policies. You can then decide which products you will buy and start gathering coupons for those particular products.
Dining Deals -You may not want to do in-room cooking all the time and depending on your accommodations, it may not be feasible. These days, finding deals on dining out has been made easier by the many online coupon sites. Look for deals that you can pay for ahead of time, then just take the coupon and redeem at the restaurant. A little research can save a lot of money when it comes to eating out.
Local Attractions – Another way to use free coupons to save money on holiday travel is to find coupons for local attractions. A simple search online can lead you to a myriad of offer on things such as theme parks, museums, and even massage parlors. Your hotel or the local tourist center will also have some special offers and coupons that you can use at specific venues, like family/group discounts. Talking to the locals can also help you discover when an attraction may have free days. These places may include zoos and museums as they often offer free days, which could happen during your vacation.
Have Relatives Help Out – If you are visiting relatives, ask them to save particular coupons for your visit. They may get the envelope of coupons that arrive in the mail and a quick look through them may give you some significant savings on local services.
Being prepared and putting in some research can help you still enjoy your time traveling this holiday season without busting your budget.