Save your precious money and time during your holiday tour

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By: Good Nelly
on 9th Nov,2011

Holidays are a great time to celebrate with your friends and family members. from now onwards.
Save your precious money and time during your holiday tour

Holidays are a great time to celebrate with your friends and family members. If you're planning to go for a trip during the holidays, then look out for the special deals offered by the airlines, hotels, travel websites, etc. from now onwards. This will help you curtail your expenses on holiday tours.

Read through the article to get acquainted with few tips to save money and time during your holiday tour.

Tips to save money during your holiday tour
Here are the following tips which you can follow to save your precious money on holiday tour:

1. Book a room with a kitchen: Book a hotel room with a built-in kitchen. You may have to pay a few hundreds of dollars for getting such a room. However, you can save a substantial amount in the long run. You can cook your favorite meals at the kitchen, and save money on the food expenses. Restaurants tend to hike the prices during the holidays. They know that the tourists will have to depend upon the restaurants for food. So, tourists will be more or less compelled to pay the price charged by the restaurants. You can avoid getting bullied by the restaurant owners and save money by cooking delicious meals at your hotel room. 

2. Grab the special deals: Luxury hotels and resorts are quite expensive. However, they often slash their normal rates to stay in the competition. They offer good packages to attract customers. Some of the hotels offer free spa treatments and cash rewards to the people. All you need to do is glance through the popular travel sites, and check out the hotel advertisements. You can also get in touch with the hotels directly, and know about the available packages.   

3. Take advantage of free night: Some of the standard hotels offer "free night deals" to the people. These deals help you save a considerable amount on your holiday tour expenses by staying for an extra night at the hotel. Your total expenses will drop when you spend the 4th or 5th nights without paying any charge.
4. Book hotels offering discounts: There are some websites that offer traveling packages to the people. These websites often offer big discounts on the traveling packages. You can check out the deals offered by these websites if you're planning to take your family to an exotic place.    

5. Refrain from using plastic cards:  Credit cards can become a dangerous financial tool during the holiday vacations. People tend to spend more when they have credit cards in their wallet. If you need to purchase a magazine or a book at the airport, then buy it with cash. This will help you abstain from overspending.

6. Book your tickets early: There is huge demand for the air tickets during the holidays. Some people want to visit a tourist spot while others like to return to their home after spending the whole year at another place for work related issues. So, try to book your air and hotel tickets as soon as possible. This may help you grab some good deals during that period. If you're lucky, then you can get some discounts on the air tickets.

If you're planning to book tickets at the last minute, then you may have to pay a heavy price for it. Worse, you may not even get a ticket only.
7. Shop after a heavy meal: Shopping is a part and parcel of a holiday vacation. People love to purchase different items from the places they visit. Basically, they love to buy all the items that are displayed before their eyes.

If you don't want to spend all your money on shopping, then make sure you have a heavy meal before hitting the stores. Have a good meal and rest before heading to the stores. It is said that people tend to make rash decisions when they are exhausted and starving. This can be very bad for their wallet. They may end up making unwise purchases and waste money.

Tips to save your precious time while traveling during holidays 

Go through the following lines to get acquainted with some tips to save time while traveling to different spots during holidays.

1. Take a direct flight: Try to take a direct flight to your destination. You may have to spend some extra money for taking a direct flight, but this will help you reach your destination at the right time

2. Know the flight timing: Get to know about the flight arrival or departure time beforehand. Make sure you reach the airport with sufficient time on hand. This will help you clear all the boarding formalities without missing your flight.

3. Try to avoid connecting flights: It is better to keep away from the connecting flights while traveling during the holidays. This is because opting for connecting flights can be quite risky. If you miss the connecting flight by any chance, then there can be a huge time loss. Most of the aero planes fly at full capacity during the festive season. So, you may get a seat in another plane after a long time. If the situation really compels you to opt for a connecting flight, make sure you have sufficient time to catch the connecting flight.  

4. Get acquainted with TSA rules: Getting acquainted with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules can help you save time. For example, if you're carrying your laptop, then take it out and allow the airport officials to scan it through the metal detector. Usually, there is a huge security line on the holidays. If you keep your laptop inside your bag, then the airport officials will definitely ask you to take it out. You'll have to unlock your bag and pull out your laptop, which will definitely take some time. This will lead to unnecessary delay, which you or the fellow passengers won't like.  

5. Check in online: Some of the leading air lines permit travelers to check in online. You can check in online around 24 hours prior to boarding in the flight. You can do online check in by typing your booking reference number and name. This way you won't have to waste any time at the airport. You can carry your boarding pass with yourself and directly go to security. You can easily reach the airport without any hurry and save time simultaneously.   

Following the aforementioned tips can help you potentially save money and time while traveling to various destinations during the holidays. Start making plans from now onwards. This will help you enjoy your holiday trip without putting an additional pressure on your wallet.

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