The winter holidays are almost here and vacations are just around the corner. If you don’t have plans yet, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to book a quality vacation from the comfort of your own home. With help from travel guides, online forums, and easy booking websites, you can not only plan a dream vacation, but do it on a budget as well!
The one area you will probably end up paying quite a lot for is the airfare. Since so many people travel during the holidays, airline companies know they can charge more than normal. As a passenger, your best opportunity to save money on airfare is by regularly checking travel websites like Orbitz or Travelocity. These companies will sometimes lower prices briefly to get people’s attention; if you are persistent you may be able to find cheap airfare!
Hotels are always an option, but to save money consider renting from a private vacation rental company. There are webpages for homeowners to rent their homes during holiday season and even apps that allow people to rent spare rooms in their house for super cheap. Depending on your needs and budget, you can almost always find something just perfect for everything you need!
One of the more expensive aspects of traveling usually is eating. If you get a rental with a kitchen, you can save a lot of money on food by cooking yourselves. Otherwise, plan ahead and see what restaurants are in the same area as you. Search for some online deals or check their web pages to see if they have certain specials on different nights; if you’re eating out, you might as well save where you can!