No matter what winter holiday you are celebrating, the fact of the matter is that a lot of people travel this time of year. They travel to see family, friends, and loved ones; they take planes, they take trains, and, of course, they drive.

And it can get extremely stressful! Waiting in lines, getting caught in traffic, having to deal with all different types of passengers, including screaming babies, having to deal with your own children … by the time you get to wherever you are going, you generally need a vacation.

The good news is that there are some tips that can make things easier, and we are going to discuss them in this series of posts. Stay tuned if you want to make traveling during the holidays easier than it’s ever been!

Now, while this might be difficult with the holiday season coming up, you need to try to avoid traveling during peak dates. For instance, Christmas this year falls on a Friday. Traveling on that day itself can be a lot cheaper than traveling on Christmas Eve.

If that simply cannot be done, then just try to book your flight – or train reservations – as early as you can. The closer you get to any given holiday, the more expensive the fares are going to be, naturally – both to and from your destination. Locking your tickets in early is the only way to ensure a good deal.

At this date, it may still be early enough to get a good deal for late December – if you are very, very lucky – no matter which holiday you will be celebrating.

The internet has made it easier than ever to book tickets. There are several big name sites out there that can seriously help you find the best travel deals – and that is a good thing, because where any type of travel is concerned, you have got to shop around. This is especially true of holiday travel. Comparison shop at as many places as you can, and you increase your chances of getting a good deal.

Believe it or not, knowing the airports in the areas you will be departing and arriving can help save money as well. Say you live in upstate or central New York: it might be cheaper to fly out of Syracuse than Albany, Rochester, or Buffalo. You might have to travel a little farther, but money saved and the availability of fares could be well worth the extra effort.