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As the old familiar Christmas carol goes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays“, which is why December is such a popular travel month as families head to Grandma’s house to catch up. And this season will also find some taking advantage of the winter months to book an affordable vacation and get out of the cold! Whatever your reasons, if you’re dreaming of a travel getaway this season, there are three easy ways to save money and turn that dream into reality:
1. Take Advantage of The Off-Season
Depending on the destination, traveling this time of year can actually be more affordable. I’ve personally snagged some good deals flying back home to England in January because, let’s face it, who other than a native would want to brave that cold?!
And for families whose children aren’t yet in grade school, traveling in February or March is a great way to beat the spring break crowds and soak up some rays in a warm location like California, Florida or Mexico. With younger children, you are free to travel when it makes the most sense for your budget rather than being hemmed into school schedules, so take advantage when you can!
2. Consider a Shorter Vacation
Did you know that 41% of Americans didn’t take a day of vacation in 2015? For most people, vacations get scrapped due to a lack of time, money, or both. One solution to this is to take mini 3 day weekend breaks or shorter “Staycations” nearby, to keep both your budget and calendar happy while still getting a much-needed change of scenery. Short breaks are easier to fit into your work schedule, and can be planned for quieter travel months rather than the middle of summer when everyone is hitting the road. A shorter trip also means your vacation costs for lodging and entertainment will be lower. Win-win!
3. Rent a Vacation Home
This year, consider skipping the usual hotel and renting a vacation home instead. For families and large groups, vacation homes can be a great way to save money, since you’ll have a kitchen at your disposal. Bringing your own food and cooking at “Home” is a huge savings over eating out for 3 meals every day! Renting a house also gives you more space and options for fun amenities like BBQs, pools and other backyard entertainment. I’ve stayed in rental properties several times, and it’s always created great memories.
The best way to snag a deal on a rental home is to do your research and compare options – which can get really time consuming. But now, you can search over 8 million properties in one click with Tripping.com. This search engine scouts for rental property across all the top sites such as TripAdvisor, VRBO and Booking.com. You can then filter results by price or amenity to quickly identify your perfect vacation home!
Are you planning any trips this winter? Have you ever stayed in a vacation home?