Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Travel

Turkey day is coming up, and for many that means long journeys to gather with family for the special day. Thankful as you may be for your time together, the stress and expense of traveling during the holidays can be a lot to handle. With careful planning, traveling for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to bust your holiday budget.

Save on Airfare

For some it may be too late, but if you already have your plane tickets, pat yourself on the back! After the first week of November, it’s hard to find a domestic flight for Thanksgiving that doesn’t have a ridiculously inflated price. Sometimes travel plans aren’t finalized until closer to the holidays, but all hope is not lost. If you didn’t take advantage of the lower prices before November, wait a few days to book. Once prices skyrocket they aren’t going to get any higher as Thanksgiving draws near. If you’re lucky, planes that aren’t full will try to sell discount tickets. Of course, waiting until the last minute is a bit risky, but if you have some flexibility in your travel plans you may be able to scoop up a hot deal.

Save on a Road Trip

Schedule your car’s tune-up in mid-November to make sure it’s running in top condition before your big road trip. An oil change, full tires, and a clean bill of health from a mechanic could save you a lot of cash on gas during your journey. If your schedule makes it possible, do your traveling on Wednesday or, better yet, Tuesday so you don’t get stuck wasting gas in traffic jams. You can also consider a late night trip to avoid traffic.

Save on Public Transport

Depending on your destination, taking a train or a bus can be a cost effective measure, especially when you take into account the removal of driving stress. Amtrak and Greyhound both offer significant discounts for children riding with adult.

Save with Any Mode of Transport

Packing snacks and meals for you and your family will save you money (and calories) on your journey. Cutting out the McDonalds stops every few hours will also get you to your destination even quicker.

Travel Abroad!

If you don’t have traditional Thanksgiving plans, this is actually a great time for some overseas travel. During Thanksgiving weekend, it is actually often less expensive to travel internationally than domestically. Skip the Black Friday madness by escaping to a far away destination this November!

About the Author: Thanks to the folks at the Orchard Inn for providing these tips! If your plans bring you to Lexington this Thanksgiving, consider a stay at the inn!

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