With the winter holiday season fast approaching, we thought we would take a look at some tips that will help you take a great vacation this Christmas season – while still having money left over to put presents under the tree! Here are our five tips for traveling this winter on a budget:
1) Consider the road less traveled
Certainly, you can go to Hawaii or Orlando this winter with everyone else, but make no mistake, it will cost you. Instead, how about some less expensive though still beautiful travel destinations like New Mexico, Santo Domingo, or Tulum, Mexico, to name just a few travel options? A little research and expert planning can save you hundreds of dollars while still ensuring warm weather and a great time.
2) Open up your travel window
Frankly, you don’t have to travel the day before Christmas and come back the day after New Year’s Day. Adding just a little flexibility to your travel dates could also create substantial savings on your flights and hotels.
3) Be flexible on your destination options
Here’s how most folks travel: they decide where they want to go, then find the best rates that will enable them to travel there. But what if you kept your destination options open, found a great travel offer to a place you’ve never been, and just booked it right then and there? The answer is, you may be surprised how rewarding that sort of adventurous spirit can be, both financially and emotionally.
4) Vegas, baby!
Although the New Year’s weekend is always exorbitant in Las Vegas, the days both before and after it make Sin City surprisingly affordable during the winter holiday season. And since the weather will be cool, if not downright chilly, you’ll have no problem walking the strip and taking in all the sites without any fear of the desert heat.
5) Go Cruisin’
When you factor in room, board, travel costs, entertainment, and outrageously delicious meals, there are many cruise lines that simply cannot be beat for value. Websites like Cruise.com and Vacationstogo.com that may have all sorts of last-minute discount cruise opportunities.
6) Cyberspace is the place to be
Last but certainly not least is a travel tip we always recommend for budget conscious travelers: to continually peruse travel sites like Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, and Tripadvisor.com to see what vacation opportunities may suddenly become available. You may be surprised to find opportunities that cost 40% less than what you might have been willing to pay!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our list of winter holiday travel options for the budget conscious, and wish you a truly enjoyable season of travel ahead. And always remember that if you find yourself short of cash this holiday season, and are currently receiving or expecting to receive money from a structured settlement or annuity, you may be able to sell those future payments for cash that can get into your pockets much sooner. For more information, call J.G. Wentworth anytime at 877-227-4713.