9 Money-Saving Holiday Travel Tips for Families

9 Money-Saving Holiday Travel Tips for Families

Simple, smart tips for saving money on family travel over the holidays.

By: Lorraine Allen

The holidays are just weeks away, and if you’re planning to travel during that time, you’re bound to spend a whole lot of money. Airlines, hotels, and even restaurants jack up their prices, knowing this is when people want to take trips. But here to help you are nine great tips for saving on your next family holiday adventure:

1. Book your tickets as early but not too early. Do watch prices early and regularly, but you don’t necessarily want to buy tickets the first day you look. Get to know the rises and dips in fare prices so you know the best deal when you see it.

2. Look into traveling the day of a holiday and returning the Monday after the holiday weekend. You might miss an extra day of work and school, but you could save a ton of money.

3. Consider alternate means of transportation. Planes are not always the best option and are usually the most costly. Boats, cars, trains, even car-train combinations will get you there too!

4. Pack your own meals for the road. These days, whether you buy your meals at the airport or train station, or on board, you’ll need to spend a lot to eat some pretty awful food. Save money by bringing along your family’s favorite sandwiches, treats, and snacks. You’ll all be glad you did!

5. Buy gifts, toys, and books to bring with you ahead of time. Almost always, things are more expensive at vacation destinations, especially over the holidays. This way you’ll have exactly what you want, for less.

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6. Don’t over-pack. Those hidden charges like extra luggage fees really add up for a whole family. Make sure your kids pack light too! This way, you’ll even have room (and money) to bring home a souvenir or two.


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7. Look into lesser-known (but no less lovely) alternatives. Take the Caribbean or Florida, for instance. All the coastlines are really similar, as is the atmosphere, but you can pay as much as five times more to stay at more popular (and therefore more crowded) beaches, than if you just went a few towns over. You’ll have more space, be more relaxed, and save more all at once.

8. Don’t forget your toothbrushes! (And all your other toiletries and prescriptions!) These kinds of things cost a ridiculous amount at hotels or in airports. Be sure to bring your own so you don’t need to waste your money on these items while you travel. Make a list and check it twice!

9. Research renting a home instead of staying in hotels. Sure, room service is nice but is it a reality with kids in tow? These days, there are so many affordable options for renting a wonderful home, or even swapping your home with another family. You’ll save a lot and have a lot more space and a kitchen, so you don’t have to spend money on restaurants every meal! Win-win-win in my book!

Do you have any tips for families to save on holiday travel?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 5-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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