Save money on that winter getaway

This file photo provided by Ron Dahlquist for the Maui Visitors Bureau shows Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii. (AP Photo/MVB, Ron Dahlquist)


HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With snow on the way, you may be thinking about making a getaway to somewhere a bit warmer. News 8 has your back with how you can take a trip that fits into your budget.

First, you can take a road trip and stay close or you can drive north. All the colder climate places have great deals this time of year since it’s not the popular choice. However, if you’re with the majority and want warm, there are things you can do to make it work into your budget.

The cold weather is why people like Wallingford’s Christine Venice are considering a getaway down south.

“With the snow out there I’m definitely thinking about warm,” she said.

Going away doesn’t have to mean a big expensive trip. AAA’s Fran Mayko says it’s possible for people to get away with even the smallest budgets. First, figure out what you want to spend, then think outside the box.

“Rather than stay in a full-blown resort, look into staying at someone’s home. A bed and breakfast, those are usually good deals,” Mayko said.

People rent out their homes on sites like Air BNB. Just do your research so you know what you’re getting. If you’re going to fly, check prices at our local airports like Bradley or Tweed before the major hubs in New York and Boston.

Remember, we pay a big price for convenience. Prices may be cheaper in the middle of the week or on a red eye flight. Venice is avoiding scheduled school breaks.

“(We are) looking at the end of May, beginning of June to maybe cut the cost a little bit before everyone else gets out of school,” Venice said.

Keep in mind those fees that can add up. Over-packers: travel lighter to save on baggage costs and ask an agent what’s not included in your vacation package that could cost you, like food and drink.

Another idea you may want to ask an agent about is travel insurance. It will cost more up front but could ultimately save you money if something happens to you or your plans while on vacation.

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