5 ways to enjoy a budget-friendly trip for the Christmas and New Year

The Christmas and New Year holidays are upon us again. It is here and most travel enthusiasts have already gone to their different travel destinations to have a swelling time.

If you are yet to go, no problem. Christmas is still two days away and you still have NINE DAYS to plan and prepare for the New Year.

So, in our article today, we shall take a look at how to enjoy a budget-friendly trip for the Christmas and New Year periods and spend the festive period with our families and loved ones.

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Although there may be abundance during this period, it is important not to overspend as there could be serious repercussions in the new year.

Without much ado, let’s look at these budget-friendly tips to prepare you for your next holiday travel experience.

Early bird flights/bus tickets booking

Flight, bus, tickets are usually expensive during the holidays. What better way to save cost than booking as early as possible? Browse through airlines or ‘buslines’ of your choice and understand their terms of use and available booking dates.

Trust that by booking on time, you get to save as much as 10 percent off ticket fares. Additionally, booking early isn’t without the advantage of choosing better seats.

Shop for gifts on time

Nothing says, “I love and appreciate you” like gifts do. With this in mind, you’ll definitely be spending on buying presents for loved ones.

Plan months before the holidays; make a list of things to get for each person and where to get them. Take advantage of huge promos and slash sales. If you need to get these items in a local market, inquire ahead of time from trusted traders, wholesalers or retailers.

Get creative with gifts and hamper packaging, and don’t forget to gift according to the individual’s taste.

Plan your itinerary ahead of the Christmas and New Year

You wouldn’t want to spend the entire holiday lying in bed, do you? Make an achievable itinerary complete with the activities, places and people you hope to engage with throughout the holiday.

For instance, if you need to be at several locations during the holiday period, preparing your itinerary makes it easier to book as early as possible in order to avoid last-minute payments or bookings which tend to be costlier.

By having a spelt-out plan, you’ll also make preparations concerning accommodation, and feeding.

Travel with a group

Two heads are always better than one, they say. And in the case of travelling, going in a group is a way better idea.

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Not only would you have familiar faces to keep you company throughout the journey, but travel fare could get cheaper.

Eat out less and Plan your return trip

To avoid overspending during the holiday, cut down on eating out. Chances are, the family you’re spending the holiday with cook daily meals and living on that would be a good idea.

Restaurants, eateries, fast food joints, usually tend to increase the prices in their menu during festivities.

Despite the excitement that comes with the holiday, it’ll soon be time to return to base. For this reason, planning adequately for your return trip is essential.

How, when and with whom are you travelling back with? You want to make sure you’re back to base before work or a new school semester begins. Allocate a part of your budget for your return trip.


As you anticipate the Christmas and New Year, from all us at Sabre West Africa, we wish you compliments of the season.

About Sabre Corporation

Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network, and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

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