Planning and traveling during the holiday season can become overwhelming and can sometimes pack a heavy punch on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to! We’ve put together some pro-budget travel tips for you to nail down while planning your holiday trip.
In a day and age where technology is at its prime, what better way to use technology to your advantage and save a buck! Three great apps to use while planning your holiday travel are Hopper, Gasbuddy, and Trail Wallet.
When planning your flight there are a few things to remember that will help you lower the cost of your plane ticket.
Not to toot our own horn too loud, but InTown Suites is a great and inexpensive option when it comes to affordable hotels or lodging while traveling this holiday season. We have properties all over the country that offer weekly low rates that are typically lower than standard hotels in the area, even if you only plan on staying a few nights! You can also count on InTown Suites when it comes to convenient and money-saving amenities like more space for you and your travel buddy, premium TV channels, and an in-room kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, two-burner stove, and microwave. Find a location now!
Most airlines will allow you a carry-on that fits under the seat for free. Think savvy and try packing only must-take items into a large bookbag or travel bag that will fit under your seat. Pack a few mix-and-match clothing options that can be washed while you’re traveling (bonus: InTown Suites offers on-site laundry facilities at its properties for your convenience). When you arrive at your destination you can purchase toiletry items needed –more on that later!
Meals and snacks on the go can eat a giant hole in or completely through off your travel budget! Grabbing a power bar and water at the airport or gas station can end up costing you $5-6 when in reality you could have spent $2. What to do? Plan in advance.
Again, avoid extra baggage fees and costs. If you’re planning to travel by air and have Christmas or Hannukah gifts to transport too, you’re better off planning to ship those via regular snail mail or UPS. The key here is to plan in advance! Get your packages to the post at least a week before you arrive and have a designated friend or family member to ship to! You will end up saving yourself over $200!
When it comes to transportation (for those not traveling by car) consider using transportation apps like Uber or Lift or public transportation when needing to get around town. This will save you a bundle versus renting a car and paying a daily rate, insurance, and gas fees. When you can, walk! There’s nothing like getting to take in the beauty of a city and getting some fresh air while you’re at it!