With Thanksgiving only a week away, people are gearing up for holiday travel. Everyone knows that this time of year is one of the worst travel times — with busy airports and congested freeways. Airlines for America estimates that more than 25 million Americans are expected to travel by plane this holiday season — making it the busiest travel season since 2007.
Whether you are flying or driving to visit friends and family, here are four travel hacks you need to know:
Save money with Sunday: Still need to book a plane ticket? Research shows that Sunday is the best day of the week to buy tickets within 21 days of travel. Tickets are cheaper, making it the best time to purchase. In addition, you can save even more money by extending your trip through Monday. Everyone is rushing to get home by Sunday night so they can get to work on Monday. By taking a day off, you can extend your vacation and save some money.
Remember to pack snacks: We all know that airplane food is awful, but did you know that it costs more than double compared to the snacks you buy elsewhere? Plus, the easy access of fast food on a road trip makes it irresistible. Resist the temptation and pack your own snacks. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a plane or in a car — packing your own snacks is better for your health and your wallet. Check out these healthy travel-friendly snacks. Everything from savory muffins and banana bread to chocolate quinoa granola and truffle popcorn.
Use your smartphone: What’s the one item you don’t want to forget this busy travel season? Your smartphone. If you’re flying, you can use your phone to check-in before you get to the airport and save time waiting in lines. You can also download a mobile boarding pass — that’s one less thing to carry. Try the TripIt app — simply email the app your hotel, flight, car rental and restaurant reservations and it will create the ultimate itinerary you can access anywhere. Your smartphone is also the perfect road trip companion. Before you start driving, use it to find directions or put on the perfect playlist. Don’t forget to download iExit and find out what businesses are on the next freeway exit.
Become a packing expert: Packing is the worst part of traveling, and over-packing is easy to do. Bringing multiple electronic devices takes up room and weighs down your suitcase. Instead, trying packing an all-in-one device, such as your Touchjet™ Pond. Another expert tip? Roll your clothes instead of folding them. Not only will you save a ton of room, but finding your favorite clothing will be a breeze. Don’t forget to stick a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh throughout your trip!
What are your secret holiday travel hacks? Share with us in the comments below.