With the holiday season upon us, for some, this means some traveling. If you’re a last minute planner like me, you either haven’t started planning or are in the midst of it. Below I have highlighted a few tips that may help make your travel plans a bit easier…and less expensive.
I’m always looking for the best deals to maximize my funds. These tricks have helped me find cheaper fares when I travel.
- Know when to book: I’ve had the best luck finding lower fares when I search on Tuesdays or Thursdays after 3 pm or after midnight
- Clear your cookies: Sites today are becoming savvier and able to track your every move. Make sure you clear your cookies after each search (or at least each day)
- Compare prices: I Search both the airline website and the travel sites (i.e. Bing-Travel, Kayak) and have found that the prices sometimes vary between them, so just be sure to check a few to compare
- Other ways to cut back is to consider a different airport if that option is available to you. Sometimes less popular airports offer cheaper fares. Carry-on versus checking on cuts back as well
Know When To Travel
Traveling during the holidays is hectic no matter when or where you go. But you can find pockets of time that are a bit less of a hassle.
- Know which days: In general, the middle of the week has the best deals (Wednesdays and Tuesdays being optimal). However, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is literally the worst day to travel. If you can, avoid that day at all costs. Consider the morning of the actual holiday
- Know what time to fly: Early mornings are usually pretty good times to depart. Delays are much less likely. Anywhere between 5pm – 10pm gets crazier. People are usually coming from work or waiting for the day to end to catch a red-eye. I have experienced the majority of delays and cancelations during those times
How To Pack
Determine the weather and length of stay as those are pretty important factors to consider of course.
- Staple jeans: You can easily get away with one pair of jeans for a weekend trip. This will save plenty of space. Choose one that can maybe even pair with evening wear
- Evening wear: We always look for local restaurants or lounges to check out in new cities, so we come prepared with at least one outfit for a night out
- Consider one bag: If you are traveling with a friend or significant other, consider checking one large bag together. You can split the cost and not worry about too much luggage. Just be mindful of the weight, most airlines charge $50+ for overweight bags
Zip Through Security
- Comfortable shoes: We ALL know that we need to take our shoes off at security, so unless there is a good reason not to wear shoes that easily slip off, there is just no need to hold up the line
- Limit the accessories: although most airports have stopped requiring us to remove watches and jewelry, it is always more practical to travel with less
- Decide on either carry-on or check on: both have their advantages and disadvantages, but if you choose carry-on, please make sure the size is correct; most airlines are becoming stricter on the size (Delta in particular). So you don’t want to show up with your carry-on and be forced to check it at the gate
Enjoy & Relax
Lastly, enjoy and relax! I used to always have anxiety once I left the house thinking I forgot something. Unless it’s a passport, there is no need to worry. Whatever you forget you can get at the airport or destination.
Another cause for anxiety is boarding. Unless the flight is full and you have a carry-on, then the overhead space can be an issue, otherwise there is just no need to stand in that long line to wait to board. Take your time and relax, you already have an assigned seat and once you’re checked in, the plane is not going to leave you! They will call your name on the loud speaker at least two times before shutting the doors, so have that last drink!
“Travel is the only ting you buy that makes you richer”
Safe travels and feel free to share your tips below!