It’s not too late to change your plan for the holidays; getting away this Christmas could minimize stress, providing you and your family with the break you truly deserve. What’s more, with the average price of a family Christmas tipping the scales at a whopping $1,700, ditching the traditional festivities could, in fact, save you money.
Desperate for a change but don’t think you can afford a vacation this December? Well, go ahead and book that last-minute Christmas getaway free from guilt. Here are four reasons why going away for the holidays could be cheaper than staying home.
You’ll Save on Gifts
By opting out of your familiar Christmas traditions, you’ll save yourself money and time by not buying gifts. If you have young children, you may want to give them something to open on Christmas morning, but you don’t need to go overboard – they’re already getting a holiday after all. Explain to friends and extended family that you’re opting for a non-traditional Christmas this year, but you’ll spend plenty of time with them in the New Year. Remember: it’s your holiday season, so don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for wanting to escape the humdrum of daily life and try something new.
Traveling Is Cheaper During Winter
Flights may be expensive at Christmas time, but they are cheaper than during the summer. According to Expedia, the most economical time to book your flights is during November, as December prices tend to hike up according to the increase in demand. This may also be true of accommodation, so try to organize your vacation as early as possible. If you’re planning to stay reasonably local, but you’re traveling as a family, you may be able to find second-hand trailers for sale online that work out cheaper than the cost flying.
No Pricey Christmas Food
Have you ever stopped to add up all the money you spend on Christmas food each year? A large turkey alone can set you back $50, which could be enough to get you on a round trip from Chicago to San Francisco if you play your cards right. Avoid the usual Christmas fare, and you stand to save hundreds of dollars toward your vacation. Opt for a holiday package deal with food included, and you won’t have to worry about cooking for your entire vacation. Bliss!
You’ll Save on Decorations
Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, baubles and table decorations – the list is almost endless. These expenses may seem minimal at the time, but over the course of the season they can rack up. If you want to stay in the Christmas spirit without spending a dime, opt for a hotel or lodge that is already decorated, and you won’t have to bother with the stress of untangling the tree lights or hanging mistletoe.
It’s not selfish to want to get away this Christmas. It can be good for families to take a break from the norm, and if you are well organized then going on vacation could save you money. Rather than spending the holidays stressed and broke, pool your resources into a vacation that you’ll remember for years to come, and set aside time to relax and enjoy the festive season – whatever that means to you.