Saving Money on Holiday Travel

November 20, 2008 12:18:16 PM PST
The family budget might be tight this year, but there are ways to stretch your travel dollars if you're considering a winter getaway, says Emily Kaufman, the Travel Mom. Here are some money-saving tips. Plan ahead
  • Look for deals on flights, especially if considering traveling during the holidays
  • But right now, there are great deals due to low summer bookings due to the fact the fact that many people stayed close to home this summer.
  • Make the Internet your friend

  • Best deals are usually found online
  • It's convenient, so you're able to research multiple sites for comparative shopping, and in your pajamas
  • Look for added value in places like Florida, where it's sunny and 75 degrees all winter long

  • Visit one site www.worldsofdiscovery.com and you choose the experience for you. This is one stop shopping, allowing consumers to see and book the best offers at various Florida theme parks.
  • These parks offer Adult Tickets at Kids Prices when you book online, (that's saving 15% per adult!)
  • For example, SeaWorld where you can see the world-famous Shamu the killer whale and Busch Gardens where you can explore Jungala and come face-to-face with white tigers
  • And you can add new water park Aquatica too, so as you can see the more you buy the more you save.
  • Another great value is cruising. One of the reasons Central Florida is so great, it's a great starting point for a cruise

  • You can experience a cruise while visiting the best theme parks in Central Florida.
  • It's all-inclusive and convenient because you only have to unpack once but get to see multiple ports
  • Many hotels are offering incentives

  • Marriott Kids Free and "length of stay" promotional offers in Orlando
  • Free nights -- stay 3 nights, get the fourth night free
  • Receive $200 credit on property or for next visit because they want you to book another stay with them or their brand
  • Join reward programs for airlines, credit card and hotels

  • The more you stay/fly/use, earn points for free rewards. Check out the Southwest Airlines and Rapid Rewards programs
  • About Emily Kaufman

    Known as "The Travel Mom," (thetravelmom.com) Emily Kaufman appears on television, in print, on line and on the radio offering travel advice for moms. Emily started her career as a parenting expert as a preschool/mommy and me instructor and became known on air as "The Professional Mom". She married her expertise in early childhood education with her love of travel and started writing and appearing on television as "The Travel Mom". Emily has been a regular guest of television programs such as Good Morning America, The View, CNN and MSNBC. She also appears in studio on many local news programs including the KTLA Morning News in Los Angeles and WABC in New York.

    "The Travel Mom's" writing has appeared in publications that include Redbook, Woman's Day and Time Magazine. Her first book, The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel, was published by Broadway Books last year. She's currently working as spokesperson for Southwest Airlines and Sea World.

    Emily has two teenage children, 17-year old Charlie and 15-year old Gabby. She has been married to her husband Sid for 19 years. When Emily is not in a hotel room as "The Travel Mom" she spends countless nights in them as a soccer mom and football mom. To learn more about Emily, visit thetravelmom.com.


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