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By Transamerica / Aug 15, 2014

5 Ways to Cut Travel Costs During Labor Day Weekend


For most people, Labor Day marks the end of summer and is a popular weekend to get away before the seasons change. Last year, 34.1 million people traveled during Labor Day weekend, a 4.2% increase from 2012.1 With the end of summer fast approaching, you can avoid a pricey vacation filled with expensive plane tickets and congested highways by following this list of ways to make Labor Day travel more affordable.

  1. Change your travel dates: In general, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.2 Extend your trip a few days or come back early to avoid traffic or lower the cost of airfare.
  2. Look for a deal: Many travel and deal websites offer discounted travel packages on hotels, transportation and activities. You are more likely to receive a larger discount by purchasing a bundle package instead of booking each part of your trip separately. Check different websites to compare prices.
  3. Explore a national or state park: Take advantage of the last of summer weather by visiting a national or state park. Cut high-priced hotel costs by camping or renting a house near the park. Most campgrounds offer some type of free or cheap activity, such as fishing, swimming, hiking and kayaking. Campgrounds tend to book up far in advance so look for first-come, first-served sites if nothing else is available.
  4. Look into alternative forms of transportation: Plane tickets can be expensive, and gas can add up. Check public transportation routes to see if there is a bus or train that could work for your trip. In addition to cutting down travel costs, public transportation is also eco-friendly.
  5. Think like a local: Don’t fall for expensive tourist traps. Do your research and ask around to find the best local hole-in-the-wall restaurants or visit a local park and pack a picnic. Check online before you leave for vacation to find out what activities have free admission or discounted prices for students.

Summer vacations should be about the memories created, not the souvenirs accumulated. Therefore, make sure your Labor Day travel fits within your summer vacation budget. Vacations can be both fun and affordable!

1AAA Travel, August 2013.

2Rick Seaney,“9 Surprising Factors That Influence the Price of your Airline Ticket,” Fox News, January 13, 2014.