If you’re planning on jetting off for your own definition of paradise this holiday season, take a deep dive into your family’s finances. Can your savings account handle roundtrip airline tickets, hotels and entertainment? Make a clear budget and stick to it. Or ditch your travel plans and plan a staycation, instead! Here are three ways to tackle holiday travel like a pro.
Once you have a vacation destination in mind, start tracking flights – and lots of them! Airlines and their flights are ever-changing, so make sure to be flexible with your dates and your destination. If you’d rather not monitor flights from your desktop all week, set up price alerts. You’ll get emailed when your selected flights’ prices start to rise or fall.
If staying with a friend or family member isn’t an option, there may be an inexpensive hotel or Airbnb right around the corner from your vacation destination. If you’re not seeing your desired price point online, give the hotel a call – they may be able to give you a special rate if they are trying to fill rooms last minute.
Kick off the start of a great vacation by packing your own snacks in your carry-on. Not only will you save a swipe on an expensive meal at the airport, but your stomach will thank you later. When you reach your destination, look for more ways to save on each of your meals. If you decide to rent a condo or Airbnb, why not try your hand at cooking? Pick up some local ingredients from the store down the street and fix up an authentic holiday meal.
Contact your local neighborhood Two Rivers Bank & Trust branch to discuss a travel plan that works best for you! If there isn’t a branch in your new neighborhood, take advantage of our convenience services including online banking, online bill pay, mobile banking, mobile deposit, and more! Talk to one of our team members to learn how you can keep more of your hard-earned money with Two Rivers!