Cheap travel ideas over the Christmas and New Year holiday

November 19, 2013 Updated: April 24, 2016

Do you think a great Christmas vacation is out of your reach? Think again!

It’s no secret that winter is one of the most popular times for vacations and traveling. Many people take advantage of their work vacation days during the holiday period, allowing them to take a well-deserved rest, visit friends and family, and just enjoy a trip! Unfortunately, a Christmas vacation isn’t always affordable—increasing travel costs have put a damper on many people’s holiday travel plans.

However, there are some ways you can take a Christmas vacation that is fun, exciting—and best of all, affordable. The following are some tips that will help you choose a Christmas vacation that won’t empty your bank account.

A vacation destination doesn’t need to be a cruise ship on the other side of the world. Before you extend your bank account with a trip on the other side of the globe, think about possible destinations in your local area, such as your state or region. There are likely some interesting and worthwhile destinations that would make the perfect vacation spot for you—and they’ll be a lot more affordable to visit.

It’s generally a good idea to book your travel plans ahead of time, but many hotels that can be found by visiting sites such as offer last minute deals on rooms that aren’t yet booked. You can often find great discounts and deals on these rooms. If you already have an area in mind, call or visit the hotel’s website to see if you can find some great discounted room bookings for an affordable, and unforgettable, stay.

Unless you absolutely, positively MUST travel within certain dates, then stay flexible with your travel time! You can often find great deals if you expand your travel time 2 or 3 days, especially if you will be traveling during the peak holiday traveling  seasons. If you’re really flexible, try booking a trip after the holiday season frenzy—many flights, hotels and travel packages offer big discounts after January 1st, since this is considered an off-season traveling time.