I know, summer is barely coming to an end, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to your next trip, especially if you want to keep costs within a budget. Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays and planning a trip to visit family or have an excuse for why you can’t make it this year. Why not take the kids to Disneyland on Christmas or arrange a low-key Hawaiian holiday?
Book as soon as possible – When traveling around the holidays, the further out you can book, the better. The closer it gets to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve the higher the prices for everything will creep, even if you aren’t flying until February. That means right now is the optimal time to start looking at airfare for your chosen destination.
Visit busy summer destinations – By doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing, you can get fantastic deals. While most people are visiting relatives, you can fly and stay cheaply in destinations like Cairo, Rome, San Francisco or even the Bahamas. We've left on Christmas day and done Disneyland (as well as Universal) in the past and it was crazy empty, so no waiting in long lines! We touched down, dropped our bags at our hotel and made it to Disney just in time to have dinner waterside at the Blue Bayou.
Go south – It may be cold here in North America, but countries in the Southern Hemisphere are having spring and summer. This makes them ideal locales to get away from it all and not having to wear seven layers. Just remember to pack your sunscreen!
Bundle up – Many times you can find package deals to your chosen destination for much less than what you would pay separately. In fact, sometimes you can get up to half off this way. With a little comparison shopping, you could save huge. I have found great package deals on BookIt and Hotwire, but do your research, because they aren't the only two good bundling sites out there.
Start a new tradition of winter travel. Your whole family could come together to celebrate the season in a different location each year, or move the holiday to January or February, so you can all take advantage of all the fabulous sales after December. With shorter hours at stores and attractions and fewer tourists, you’ll get to see and do more and then still have plenty of relaxing family time.