As you pack for your #winter #getaway, take note of what doesn’t make it into the suitcase. You likely have lots of items in your wardrobe or #closet that simply won’t make the cut, even if they’re perfect for someone else’s beach #vacation or a night out. Set those items aside in boxes and bags, and contact ClothingDonations.org for a free #donation #pickup. If you have the time, go ahead and make it a complete closet #purge! That will give you a sense of accomplishment and ample license to reward yourself with some well-earned R&R. Bon voyage, wherever it is that you decide to go! #WinterGetaway
Not all #winter #getaways need to be at the beach, says The Planet D. Pick one of your favorite destinations that isn’t in high demand during winter, and chances are that most necessities — airfare and accommodations included — will be available at reasonable rates. That means U.S. destinations that are slightly warmer (think New Orleans or Savannah, Ga.) are good options, and those with a chance of seasonally inclement weather of their own (Seattle, New York City, Washington, D.C.) are eager for tourist dollars. You may not find a lot of deals if you’re a skier who’s actively looking for snow, however. #WinterGetaway
With so many airlines charging not-insignificant fees to check a bag, #packing for a #winter getaway has gotten a lot more strategic over the years. Most airlines allow only a small carry-on bag and personal item with an economy fare, so you’ll have to make the most of the space you’ve got. If you plan to travel for a week or more, start with a “capsule” wardrobe that includes some of your favorite essentials, says Going. Wear clothes multiple times, minimize on shoes, and plan on doing laundry or having it done during your trip. And remember to leave room for souvenirs! #WinterGetaway
With #winter storms sweeping the nation last week, you may be feeling the need to take a quick trip to see friends or bask in the tropical sun. The good news is that there is still time to book a jaunt, says Thrifty Traveler. Some of the best airfares of the year are available now, making beach destinations outside the United States such as Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and even Costa Rica are surprisingly affordable. What’s more, the dollar is currently quite strong against many foreign currencies, meaning you can spend less on the vacation essentials — hotel, food and fun — once you land. #WinterGetaway
Inflation was up about 5% between March 2022 and March 2023, according to Bankrate.com. And while that’s the smallest year-to-year increase seen in almost two years, the damage is done: Higher prices are making many consumers rethink their #summer #travel plans.
While more people are planning to take a #vacation this summer, a NerdWallet survey says that almost all (92%) are trying to save money by picking accommodations based on price instead of amenities (39%) or driving instead of flying (35%).
All is not lost, however. There are ways to economize and still change up the scenery.
For domestic travel, you can adjust your plans to save on hotels, flights and necessities. Check sites such as Kayak.com to compare prices if you have a destination in mind, or use Google Flights “Explore” function if you have dates in mind but are flexible about a destination.
Better still, use any airline miles you banked during COVID. You may be able to get a free flight to a preferred destination, and spend the money you saved on food and lodging once there. For tips on making the most of airline, hotel and credit card loyalty programs, visit The Points Guy.
One relatively inexpensive option is to take a road trip. Whether visiting friends or exploring a new destination, driving can be more economical than flying, especially if you plan on taking the whole family. If you really want to save, avoid hotel costs altogether by going camping for part or all of your time away.
For those whose wanderlust takes them further afield, there’s more good news: The dollar is currently strong against most currencies worldwide. There may never be a better time to visit the seven continents — even many destinations that are usually considered expensive such as London, Iceland and South Africa.
“Right now, everywhere is ‘discounted’ if you’re an American,” says blogger Nomadic Matt. “Your dollars will go much further than in years past, so you should really take advantage of that opportunity, because you don’t really know how long this will last.”
You can economize if you feel the need to get away this summer. Perhaps the worst news is that you won’t be alone — pent-up demand means that flights are crowded and hotels are filling up fast. Plan your #vacation now to keep things as #thrifty as possible!