All of your gifts and bags are packed – time to see your family for the holidays. With that comes the difficult question – how am I going to pay for this? If you’re on a tight budget because of your holiday spending, we’re here to help. Here are six tips to help you save on holiday travel.
Look for Flights That May Have Stops In-Between
This may increase your chance of being delayed; but, could save you more money in the end. No one likes to take these flights because of the potential for disruptions, but if you’re on a tight budget, this may be a good alternative.
Book Early and Save
Have you booked your travel yet? This may be a great opportunity to start. Decide where you’ll spend the holidays and you might end up saving a significant amount of money.
Avoid Parking at the Airport
If you can manage to take public transit or a taxi to the airport, it can save you more in the long run. Parking prices tend to increase significantly around the holidays since parking is more in demand. Do yourself a favour, call a cab or a friend for a ride.
Since you might end up bringing a few extra gifts in your suitcase, this is a great opportunity to pack light. Weigh your suitcase before you leave so there aren’t any surprises. If this can’t be avoided, check your flight’s baggage costs, so you can budget for the cost. Check out this video, to learn how to travel light by only packing your essentials.
Plane, Train, Bike?
While it might be difficult to get your bike through Canada’s winter, determine whether you can use other modes of transportation to get to your destination. You may find that for your budget, a train instead of a plane is a better option.
It’s Time for Some Family Time
Stay with your family over the holidays. While some readers may not prefer this option, this is a great way to save money. Our recommendation? Make sure they know that you would like to stay with them. The last thing you need is having to pay the high price of a last minute hotel.