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Bargain Central
(From our November 2017 Issue)

Holiday Travel Possibilities

Debbie Neal Image

By Debbie Neal

Procrastination can and will cost you dearly during the holiday season when there’s no budget for holiday expenses. The fall and winter months are packed with back to back major holidays, like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Valentine’s Day. Offering no relief to your wallet because they just keep coming… back to back to back.  Even stores can’t keep up because they're busy putting up the next holiday’s decoration and products before the current one is even over.

There are several options that can substantially reduce holiday expenses, like gift giving, and buying holiday attire for costumes and such.

The first is to simply plan to take a family trip in the fall and winter months instead of during the summer. Take all summer to research all-inclusive or cruise vacation packages that the family would surely enjoy. Choose wisely because there is a trade-off to the family not experiencing gift-giving and holiday get togethers. Therefore, this vacation needs to be all it’s made up to be, “the bomb”. All-inclusive means your food, drinks and accommodations are all included. Remember to budget for small excursions at and around the vacation site. Use social media sites to find and purchase excursion tour packages mentioned in my previous articles, like a city specific Groupon, city Go cards found at Smartdestinations.com, and of course, Sandal Resorts who provides on-site and nearby free activities.

For AAA members, make use of their travel services by visiting their local North Academy office to research travel destinations. They have plenty of brochures from around the world for you to gather and determine your holiday vacation away from home.  AAA members also get airport parking discounts with The Parking Spot in Denver. They’re the only ones I use when traveling. To find out more information, visit https://www.theparkingspot.com/. While at the AAA office, ask them about The Parking Spot discount for AAA members. They have Parking Spot coupons at the AAA office, which work the same for receiving the discount as entering your membership number when reserving a car online. You can either hand the parking attendant the coupon or your membership card when exiting the lot.

Another benefit of traveling during the holidays is more physical than anything because you can avoid the dreaded holiday blues. You’ll be so busy having fun in another state or country that you’ll have to be reminded when the holiday actually occurs.  Since school breaks and work slows down for most around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, this is an opportune time to plan to leave the cold behind and get away to a warm tropical climate.

Forget putting up and taking down holiday decorations! Plan on the ultimate getaway where you can be carefree and budget friendly to your wallet. If you’ve already traveled this year, then plan for next year and put that under the Christmas tree. Then toast to having a fun family vacation when bringing in the New Year. Your family will be so surprised and look forward to the coming year that you made possible.

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