The travel for Christmas festivities this year is likely to be a little dicier than we had anticipated.
Yet, the desire to travel and be with our loved ones is strong as ever, especially considering how fragile the situation is.
The problem, however, is that many of us are yet to fully recover financially from the hit of the past two years. So, we want to travel during Festive Season, but also want to reduce how much we spend.
Well, if so, then you have come to the right place. Below, we look at some cost-saving measures as you travel this Christmas.
Create a travel checklist
The first thing you need to do is create a travel checklist. A travel checklist for Festive Season helps you plan ahead everything, including, how long your trip will be, places to go if you are going for vacation, how much to pack (to reduce weight), what to buy, and so on.
With this, you have a clearer idea of how your trip will be. This will reduce expenses on unnecessary and unplanned detours during this Festive Season.
Budget for every travel expense
Once your checklist is on point, it is time to calculate how much you need to spend. Traveling is expensive, and especially now, with frequent delays for COVID checks, you will find yourself waiting for much longer.
So, create a budget on how much you would spend on not just transport, but meal expenses, miscellaneous, and so on.
You can also use a travel calculator if you are going for a vacation to get a rough idea of how much you will be spending at your destination.
Shop at your destination
If you are traveling to be with your family, rather than incur extra costs due to the weight of your luggage, you can instead, choose to shop at your destination. Aside from saving costs, this will also reduce baggage during your travel, which often makes the journey more tedious and less enjoyable.
Avoid peak times and dates
Travel is usually highest on the Eve of Christmas and immediately after. However, depending on your work schedule, choose the best available option to avoid paying high prices due to a rush of travelers.
Sometimes, traveling on Christmas day itself is often the cheapest option, as many people are either settled already or are not traveling altogether. Also, public holidays make a great time to travel.