Planning a trip to Grandma’s for Christmas? Traveling over the holidays can be notoriously busy, expensive and stressful, but doesn’t have to be this at all. There are still travel deals to be found, provided you shop carefully and plan ahead. Here’s 10 tips for holiday travel and find some joy this holiday season.
1. Avoid peak travel dates.
Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesdays this year, so travel will likely be more spread out than normal, with no obvious peak days.
2. Book early.
Haven’t booked your holiday travel yet? It’s time to stop procrastinating and get to that booking. Fares are only rising as Christmas approaches, so those who hold out in hopes of a late-breaking sale are likely to get left out in the cold or pay a very steep price for their procrastination.
3. Shop around.
Whether you’re using travel-booking sites like Expedia, Priceline or some other site, comparison shopping has never been easier than it is now.
During the holidays, price isn’t the only or even the most important factor for many travelers. Thoughtful use of the “search adjacent days or airports” features found on many websites may also give greatly improved fares and travel times.