5 Holiday Travel Tips Part 2

road-498288_640Hello! Here is Part Two to my article from the other day, 5 Holiday Travel Tips Part 1.

The holidays are right around the corner. Whatever you celebrate, I’m sure something fun is in store for you soon. For us, it is Christmas and New Year’s! I can’t wait, since I love the holidays. I do think we are celebrating both holidays somewhere else other than our home. Yes, we will be celebrating a small thing at home just the two of us, but we will be traveling to see family for Christmas and friends for New Year’s.

That’s a lot of traveling, as we normally do not travel for the holidays at all. In order to make this month a month of stress free traveling, continue reading below for my five holiday travel tips:

4. Make a lit of everything you need for your trip.

This will either make me sound crazy or like a very organized person. I like to make a list of everything I use throughout the week before I leave for a trip so that I know I absolutely will not forget anything.

This is easy though. All I do is have an ongoing list on my phone of everything I use that I need to bring (such as my any work-related items, hair brush, toothpaste, etc.). Then, as I am packing, I go back through this list and delete the items as I am packing them.

If I do not do this, I will literally just forget an item. If it’s not on the list, I WILL forget it. It also makes life easier because when I am done packing, I know for a fact that I have not forgotten anything at all because if I have not used an item in over one week, then I probably do not need it for the trip that badly.

5. Bring snacks.

With whatever way you are traveling, you should always think about bringing snacks. This is so that you can eat something easily and quickly, and not have to pay for an expensive and unhealthy snack at a gas station or at the airport. It’s not like anything at their of those places are usually any good.

And yes, you can bring certain food items to the airport and onto the airplane with you. Many people think this is not possible, but that is not true. I almost always bring snacks and I have never been stopped. Always do your research first though and quickly just do a Google search to see what you can and cannot bring through an airport’s security checkpoint.

What holiday travel tips do you have to share?

What are you doing for the holidays?

 

5 Holiday Travel Tips Part 1

street-238458_640The holidays are right around the corner. Whatever you celebrate, I’m sure something fun is in store for you soon. For us, it is Christmas and New Year’s! I can’t wait, since I love the holidays.

I do think we are celebrating both holidays somewhere else other than our home. Yes, we will be celebrating a small thing at home just the two of us, but we will be traveling to see family for Christmas and friends for New Year’s.

That’s a lot of traveling, as we normally do not travel for the holidays at all. In order to make this month a month of stress free traveling, continue reading below for my five holiday travel tips:

1. Travel on the actual holiday.

If you are celebrating a big holiday such as Christmas or New Year’s, then traveling on the actual holiday can save you both money and time. Usually everyone travels the day after or the day before, and that means higher prices because of increased demand. It also means clogged up highways, more people at the airport trying to get through security and more.

It is often said that traveling on the actual holiday can almost seem like no one else is there. The highways usually aren’t as packed, and the airport might feel empty.

Do yourself a favor and save some time and money by traveling on the actual holiday!

2. Pack as little as you can.

People often have the tendency to overpack. I understand this as I am usually extremely guilty of this. However, you should try packing less. You probably don’t even wear everything you bring anyways. I probably wear less than half of the things I bring on a trip.

Bringing less can mean money saved as well. You won’t be weighing down your car as much, and that might save you a little bit in gas money if you are usually an extreme over packer. It can also save you money at the airport as you are less likely to have to pay higher checked baggage fees.

3. Bring your host a gift.

If someone is hosting you and your family for a holiday, a simple thank you gift can go a long way and show your appreciation for them. For this, you do not have to go all out. You can bring a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, a dessert you have made, or something else that you think would interest the host.

What holiday travel tips do you have to share?

What are you doing for the holidays?

 

How Traveling Like a Local Can Save You Money

How Traveling Like a Local Can Save You MoneyVacations cost money. That’s no surprise. However, there are many ways you can save money and start taking more vacations.

One of the main ways you can save money on your vacations is by traveling like a local!

Today we will be discussing ways that you can save money with where you stay,

Couchsurf.

If you want to travel very frugally, then couchsurfing may be the way for you. While it is not something I have ever tried, I do have a few friends who have couchsurfed and thoroughly enjoyed it. Couchsurfing is where you travel from place to place and stay in people’s homes for free.

Short-term rentals.

Whenever I go on a vacation, I usually stay in a short-term rental. They are usually comparable in price to a hotel, and sometimes even cheaper. They also have a lot more space, grass for our dogs, and more. They are usually in great locations as well where you can actually see the city that you are visiting.

Short-term rentals are my favorite and I prefer them 100 times more than an actual hotel.

My favorite websites to find a short-term rental include: VRBO.com, AirBnb.com, and Homeaway.com

Local restaurants.

Most people spend way too much money on food when they are on vacation, and more of the time it is not needed. For me, I like to try local places. They are usually cheaper and you actually get to try food from the area.

Too many people just stick to the restaurants that are inside the hotel where they are staying. Restaurants in these hotels are usually overpriced and just traditional food that you can get back home.

Instead, venture out of your hotel and try some local flavors!

Local transportation.

We live in an area with really bad public transportation, so I can honestly say that this was a hard one to get used to. Since we don’t take public transportation unless we are on a vacation, it’s like a whole new world where we often stand there confused for at least a few minutes.

However, the few minutes of confusion can save you a ton of money when you are on vacation.

Instead of paying money for taxis or hundreds of dollars on renting a car, you should check and see how the public transportation is in the area where you are going on a vacation. You might find that the subway or bus system might be all that you really even need.

In certain areas, a sidewalk may be all that you need. There are certain areas where everyone hitchhikes as well such as in small mountain towns in the United States (it’s almost expected).

Do you travel like a local? Why or why not?