Traveling the Week of Christmas on a Budget? It Can Be Done

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated April 28, 2020

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Everyone wants to travel over the Christmas holidays. Even if you’re not planning to spend time with family, many people want to escape somewhere warm. Others just want to take advantage of the time off and get out of town for a few days. With all of that pressure on the travel industry, prices are sure to rise. But there are ways you can plan an awesome December vacation without breaking your budget.

If you’re lucky enough to know months in advance what days you’ll have off from work, get on with booking your vacation as early as possible. Packages to exotic locations start showing up the Spring and Summer of the year before, so get set to book as soon as you see a good deal. In order to get a heads up of potential vacations, subscribe to travel agent email lists and discount sites like Groupon.

There’s an old trick with air travel that some days are busier than others. So if you are flexible about the days you come and go, you can save big and avoid the crowds. When booking your flights, try to access a grid calendar where all of the airfares to your chosen destination are listed. Chances are, you’ll spot one day that’s half the price of all the rest — simply because there’s more demand for those other dates.

You can generally save cash by booking your airfare and accommodations together. Even if you plan to do some exploring and go elsewhere, sometimes it’s better to spend the money on a hotel room you don’t use than to book everything separately. Experiment with your options and stay open to different possibilities. If you’re open to nondirect flights and other less popular travel options, like overnight flights, you can save even more. Plus, with the best rewards credit cards, your travel spending could add up to some great perks.

No matter how you want to spend your December, with a little digging you can find the option that’s in your budget. Start as soon as you can with exploring potential destinations and flights. Even better, by starting early, you’ll have plenty of time to save up for your time away.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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