9 Tips for Traveling during the Holidays ...

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It's important to be with your loved ones during the holidays.

Many people also take advantage of the break to take vacations.

However, traveling during the holiday season can be like hell on earth – but these 9 tips for holiday travel can definitely make it better!

1. Book It ASAP

Book It ASAP

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Naturally, the earliest you can book your travel plans, the better.2

You can lock in excellent rates, for one thing, plus you make sure you get the flights and hotel rooms you need.

If you wait until the last minute, you're way more likely to discover that you're SOL and will have to recreate scenes from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles without John Candy to lighten the mood.

2. Consider Alternatives

Consider Alternatives

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If you aren't going far, have a lot of time off, or just really want to save money, there are a couple of inexpensive alternatives to flying.3

You can always drive, but traffic can be a killer if you go that route.

If that's not worth it to you, think about taking the train.

Speaking from experience, riding the train is fast, there are hardly any layovers, and almost nothing stops an Amtrak train once it's on its way.

3. Pick Different Dates

Pick Different Dates

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Try not to travel during the most peak dates.

With Christmas, three days earlier is better than two.

If you are going home after New Year's, try to stretch it out.

Go home on January 3 or 4 instead of the day after.

4. Comparison Shop

Comparison Shop

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There are so many travel sites on the Internet now that comparison shopping for the best deals is easy.

If you use sites like Priceline, Travelocity, and others like them, make sure you check out every one of them, and don't forget that some airlines offer their own deals on their individual web sites.

In the case of booking or bidding sites, however, always remember to read the fine print.

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