This Week in Money Management: Safe, Affordable Holiday Travels'/


Whether you’re headed out to an aunt’s place across the country or you’re set on jetting just a mile down the road for a friendly neighborhood gathering, you may be one of the 76% of Americans who insist the economy is not keeping them home this holiday season. With that in mind, we’re offering several tidbits of wisdom from our favorite blogs and media outlets around the web – all designed to keep your trip secure and delightful!

1.  Can you call “911” in a foreign country?  This is just one important question that the Bucksome Boomer helps answer in this useful Q&A for foreign travel.

2.  Would you open a credit account just so you can score free holiday travel? Many people are doing just that, and Wise Bread shares the best opportunities to score free mileage points redeemable for travel perks. See what the top five sign-up bonuses are right now.

3.  Vacation rental homes don’t have to break the bank. In fact, if researched well, handled far in advance of your travel plans, and left open for unique opportunities, renting a destination can save big money! Money Crashers spills the details to getting more home for less cash.

4.  Do you tip more when you travel? If you find that your vacation brings up more opportunities to tip, you’ll need some help determining what’s appropriate, and what’s simply going overboard. Money Talks News can steer you through the confusion.

5.  Sometimes, you just have to let it all out. Budgets are Sexy shares some of the frustration that many of us feel this time of year, especially when it comes to all those fees. Not all of these are travel-related, but all of them hurt!

6. Get the 101 on packing a suitcase. Squawkfox dishes on the details that make everything fit into that one carry-on. (Cute puppy optional.)

7.  Are you suffering from the post-airline mile collection blues? Avoid unfulfilled expectations with these tried-and-true tips from Craig Ford and the Yakezie network.

8.  Slow your fuel consumption. Even with gas prices a little lower than they were during the summer holidays, it’s important to curb your gas guzzling by stopped bad driving habits before they begin. Let Faithful with a Few be your guide.

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Published December 12, 2011 Updated: December 28, 2012
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