It was dawn in New Orleans and I was in a cab on the way to the airport after a Thanksgiving getaway. We had just driven past the Superdome, only days after hosting the lively Bayou Classic and only five years after it stood as the unfortunate icon of one of the worst disasters in New Orleans’ history. As if in acknowledgement, my cab driver nodded towards it and started talking. “You know, I been in this city all my life,” he said, “except for the two years I spent in Houston after Katrina. Most of my family—they’re still there.”
New Year’s Eve seems to be an afterthought for a lot of people — at least in my circle of friends! Come December, I always hear statements like: We decided to go to Mexico for New Year’s, but it’s sooooo expensive. Well, that’s to be expected. After all, New Year’s Eve is high time for celebration; it’s an in-demand leisure holiday; and travelers are willing to pay a premium to ring in the New Year some place fabulous.
I’m not saying that finding a great New Year’s Eve deal is impossible, travelers may just need to make some adjustments to their travel M.O. But, change is what a New Year is all about…right?
1.) Adjust your expectations. Just like cover to that club or your drinks in a bar, the cost of travel goes up for the party holiday. Expect to spend slightly more than you normally would.
In many ways, the holidays are all about excess. You eat too much. You drink too much. You buy things no one needs and wrap them in paper that will be tossed in the garbage can. It’s enough to bum out any eco-traveler.
By Kris de Curtis () [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
But there are some easy ways to reduce your footprint and get back to the real meaning of this time of year: being with friends and family, looking back and being thankful, and taking some time to relax and recharge.
Here are my Top Ten Ways to Green the Holidays:
Travel experts always recommend booking your flights in advance for a reason: it’ll almost always be cheaper that way! So, let’s talk Christmas travel. Have you booked yet? No, you say? Well, the 21-day advance purchase window closes on Saturday – and that’s if you fly on Christmas Day – so you need to get on it! To find a cheap flight, there are a three big things procrastinators need to know.
- Average domestic airfare is $421. If you find a fare around this price point, consider it a good deal and book it.
- Avoid traveling on Sundays. Travelocity’s cheap flights analysis shows that Sunday travel ups the cost of your airfare. (See chart below.)
- Fly on the holiday. Our data also shows that departures on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day are most affordable.
Cheapest Days to Fly over Christmas
Gnome’s Note: Hello chaps, it’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome! Even though I have a rather impressive list of travels under my belt, globetrotters like me still fancy a few new travel tidbits now and again. That’s why I’m interviewing Travelocity’s very own destination experts. Meet me here every Wednesday to learn about a smashing new place.
Splendid! I believe I just found my December getaway spot. Sharon Griffin, Travelocity’s New Mexico expert, tells me that it’s prime time to visit Santa Fe.
Why, you ask?