Whether you want to take the ultimate road trip, cruise to far-off shores, or fly to a destination in the States or abroad, now’s the time to start planning next year’s trip.
The number one rule to saving on travel: Be flexible. When booking, consider multiple airports near a destination, opt for dates that offer greater savings, and avoid peak season travel and holiday weekends. Hotel rates are usually highest between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. When possible, shop for flights first and build an itinerary around a bargain destination. If you must travel during the holidays, flying on the holiday itself is frequently cheaper.
Travel in the shoulder season or off-season.
Prices typically drop in the fall or spring, but businesses are still open and the weather is usually comfortable. Off-season can be the least expensive time to visit, but be warned that restaurants, shops, and attractions in smaller towns may be closed, as will some roads in many national parks.