8 Thanksgiving Traveling Tips
According to AAA Motorists Group and IHS Global Insight, 42.2 million travelers are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving. More people have decided to hit the road for Thanksgiving this year compared to last year. While holiday travel is expected to be up, it isn’t thought to be breaking any records. Unfortunately, traveling during the holidays can get quite expensive, that’s why the experts at MissMoneyBee.com put together a list of some frugal travel tips to help you stay under budget.
8 Thanksgiving Travel Tips:
- * Consider alternative transportation methods. Remember driving isn’t your only traveling method and with gas prices rising it may not be the cheapest transportation method. Consider taking a bus or train, it may take a tad longer but getting there is half the fun!
- Ask about discounts. College students and children under a certain age depending on the company are able to qualify for discounted travel rates. You may even find that younger children are free with a chaperon.
- Plan ahead. If possible, try to book 2 to 3 months book airline, car rental and hotel reservations way in advance to get the best deals. Keep in mind you could face charges if you decide to change those reservations last minute. Don’t fly the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this is the most expensive day to fly. If possible find a flight either the Saturday before or Monday after.
- Expect delays. Be aware this is one of the busiest travel times, leave yourself plenty of time. If you’re flying, make sure to get to the airport at least 2 hours in advance. At the train station you must check your bag in 30 prior to departure time.
- Pack smart. Bring only what you really need. Don’t bring your whole closest because luggage fees add up quickly. If possible try only bringing a carry-on, you can skip a line and avoid fees. Remember, you can always wash your clothes! If you bring 2 suitcases it could cost you up to $35 each way if flying. If you’re taking a train you’re only allowed 2 carry-on pieces. Some trains do offer checked baggage but this isn’t available on all trains or in all stations. Also, it’s a good idea to pack some snacks, this will save you money and help in keeping the little ones entertained!
- Bring credit along for convenience. If you decide to use your credit card for safety and convenience, don’t charge anything that you won’t be able to pay off within 30 days.
- Be prepared with entertainment. Keep children interested and involved in your road trip or flight with a selection of cards, maps, family games, sing-along CDs and activity books. This will not only keep them occupied but also create more interaction among your family members.
- Keep your home safe. Break-ins become quite popular during the Thanksgiving holiday because crooks know people aren’t at home. It’s a good idea to put your mail on hold or have someone pick it up for you. Ask neighbors to keep an eye on things and set light timers so it appears as though someone is home. Also, avoid posting vacation plans on social networking sites