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Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Travel

Reactions to high gas prices

Although gas prices have reached an all-time high, it is believed that holiday travel will most likely see little impact.  The reason for this is that it seems that gas prices has affected most people on a more daily basis, through a more conscientious way of thinking in order to save more money and spend less time driving. People are consolidating their trips and errands, cutting back on overall spending, spending less money in gas station mini-marts and for some, switching to fuel efficient cars. By making these minor changes in lifestyle, people are less likely to feel as though they shouldn’t travel over the holidays; which would be a much more drastic reaction to the high prices at the pump. Most people find the expense to see their loved ones a worthwhile and important expense.

Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage

If you are planning to travel by automobile over the holidays, here are some helpful driving tips that can help you to get better gas mileage:

  • Use cruise control. Cruise control helps to maintain your speed and uses less gas. 
  • Don’t speed. Gas mileage worsens when  you drive over 60 mph. Not to mention it’s safer!
  • Avoid sudden braking or accelerating rapidly. These actions are wasteful of fuel.
  • Avoid rush hour and construction whenever possible. Idling in traffic burns fuel.

Other Ways to Save Money During the Holidays

Though the increase in gas prices are largely out of your control, saving money on your travels is quite doable if you follow these suggestions:

Pack Food and Snacks for Day Trips

Instead of stopping at a restaurant to eat, the extra 10 minutes to pack a lunch can save you plenty.

Hit the Grocery Store Right Before or After Checking Into Your Hotel

Many hotels offer “snacks” at very inflated prices. Preparing to stock up on snacks or easy meals will save you from tempting goodies. “When I travel to theme parks, I always bring an insulated cooler and pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and crackers instead of paying for food inside the park. I save over $20 per day at least,” says Tami Offermann, mother of four.

Compare Prices

Hotels and airfare are always competing with one another; and are changing their prices constantly. If you book early, be sure to regularly check the price of your same flight. If the price goes down, you are entitled to that lower price.


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