Updated on 11.23.09

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Travel Tips Edition

Trent Hamm

Since many of you are reading this during the workday and will be traveling as soon as you leave, I thought I would collect together some of my favorite travel, Thanksgiving, and auto tip articles from various websites.

A Holiday Travel Survival Guide A good collection of tips, plus the article includes a pretty worthwhile video. (@ msn)

Tips to Improve your Gas Mileage Before our family leaves to visit our extended families, this is pretty much the checklist I’m going to follow on the road. (@ fueleconomy.gov)

Money Saving Tips: The Best Ways to Save on Cars (Buy an Air Compressor) One big thing to do before you leave is to air up your tires. Airing up your tires to the maximum recommended pressure can save as much as 10% on your gas total for the trip, it takes about five minutes, and it’s free. (@ free money finance)

How to Survive Thanksgiving Travel If you’re flying this evening (and quite a few of you will be), here are some great tips. These also work for other times of the year, but are particularly valuable around holiday seasons. (@ wsj)

The Personal Finance Hour #28: Thanks-Giving A great little podcast episode about personal finance and the meaning of Thanksgiving. (@ get rich slowly)

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  1. Ellen says:

    My best travel tip is to relax & go with whatever happens once I’ve finished the planning & packing & lock the front door & head out. The trip begins at that point, and innumerable details are out of my control, so I do my best to not sweat the details & frustrations that everyone knows will happen. If I know I’ll be stuck in the Thanksgiving travel traffic jam, I bring along favorite CDs & some extra snacks/drinks. If I know the airport’s going to be a zoo, I get there earlier than usual & bring an mp3 or headphones for a pc, etc.

  2. Kris says:

    Hi Trent,

    Do you and your family ever fly to your destinations? I’m starting to plan a trip to Western Canada (probably Calgary, where my in-laws are) next summer for my family of 4. I’m frugal by nature but I feel like this trip will cost an unavoidable fortune. We’re flying from Toronto, but have lots of family in Vancouver and some on Vancouver Island, all of whom have expressed interest in seeing us. Any ideas on how to fly / rent a car / find accommodation (we can’t stay with family ALL the time) within a limited travel budget?

  3. Kevin says:


    Check FlyerTalk.com See the “Miles Buzz” section and “Hotel Deals” sections. There are MANY ways to score deals and even get free flights and rooms, but be advised that the quickest way to get miles and points is to take out credit cards… so this may be unappealing to readers of a PF blog.

    One example: British Airways is making it possible to easily get 100,000 miles when you take out a BA Visa Signature card. (There is a $75 annual fee.) BA flies between Toronto and Vancouver, so this might be an option for you.

    If you do some research, you ought to be able to find some ways to travel in relative style, but inexpensively.

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Dan says:

    My all time favorite travel tip is to use cruise control.

    I’ve been able to get at least 25% more gas mileage and if you set it about 1 mile or so above the speed limit, it’s just the right speed that keeps you moving, but allows for everyone else to pass around you.

    No stress from playing leap frog across the highway, and a lot of money saved.

  5. Hey Trent, Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

    Good suggestion about airing up the tires. Makes a big difference too.

    John DeFlumeri Jr

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