Can you believe Christmas is almost here? I can’t. This year flew by.
I’m curious–what are your travel plans? Are you having Christmas at home this year? Traveling (how far) to see family? Flying? Driving? What’s your story?
What are you doing to keep your travel costs low?
My husband and I will drive from Pittsburgh back home to Indiana some time next week. When we made the trip for Thanksgiving, we put about 1,000 miles on the car. Ug. This time, I think it will be more like 800, with less back-and-forth driving in Indiana.
There’s not much you can do about gas prices, but I’ve found that if we stop in a larger town or city to refuel, we drive about a mile or so into town to look for a gas station. Gas can be ten cents or more cheaper away from the interstate.
In previous trips, we’ve traveled through the night. Traffic seems to be a little lighter in the major cities, but in places there’s an awful lot of semis. I don’t know if we’ll travel through the night this time, since it doesn’t seem to be necessary.
Plus, if we have car trouble, it seems I’d rather break down during the daytime, ya know?
I’m going to be registering my car in Pennsylvania this week, and I’m going to join AAA when I do so. It’ll be an extra $15 or so on top of the registration fees (normally, it’s like $47 for the year). It’ll be nice to have that extra bit of peace of mind if the car needs a tow or whatever.
Oh, another thing we’ll do to keep expenses down–we’re staying with our families! No hotel rooms for us. I’ll do laundry at my mom’s house (or his mom’s) so we won’t have to do it when we get back. They don’t mind, and I guess it’s just something I’ll do until I live in a place with it’s own washer/dryer.