If You’re Planning Travel Over Thanksgiving, Remember These Often Overlooked Tasks

Up until last year, we never considered traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For starters, it’s one of the busiest times of the year and we try to avoid going at those times whenever possible. We also like to spend the holidays at home with friends and family when possible. However, there comes a time when the things you want to do only happen over that period.

Like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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If we wanted to get to New York, we’d have to be traveling around Thanksgiving, there was no way around that fact.

I started looking around a year out and eventually found airfare with miles and a hotel room along the parade route with points.

I was so proud of myself that I forgot to plan some other essential parts of the trip which are usually afterthoughts any other time of the year.

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Is It Safe To Park Your Car At Airport Lots/Garages?

You’ve decided it’s better to park at the airport, in their long or short term parking lot, for this trip. Or maybe you did the “speed vs. cost” math and think that off site parking is a better deal this time around.

Either way, is it safe?

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How To Save On Flights By Driving To A Different Airport

Nothing about booking airfare is straightforward. The way airlines figure out how much to charge to get from city A to city B drives me crazy. Idiosyrancies in the pricing system is what led to passengers booking hidden-city tickets with the help of websites like Skiplagged. While that method to save money on airfare doesn’t match with our travel style, there’s another way to save I’ve looked into and current technology makes it easier than ever to find these fares.

You can possibly save hundreds of dollars on airfare if you’re willing to drive a bit further to a different airport.

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Speed & Cost: A Comparison of On-Site vs. Off-Site Airport Parking

I’ll admit it – I’m a snob about airport parking. When Joe and I are going out of town somewhere, my #1 favorite place to park is in the airport terminal parking garage. I know, I know…snobbish. But hey, if I’m going out of town, I want to get to where I’m going ASAP and if I’m coming home, I want to get back to my car ASAP.

However, the cost of parking at the airport has gone up astronomically, so in recent years I’ve agreed to park in the “economy” lots if we’re going to be gone for more than 1 or 2 nights. Still on airport property, but you have to take a shuttle to get to and from. So our costs went from about $17 per day to about $10 per day. That was still doable for several years but our local airport is now in the midst of some vast growth, to the point where the parking garages were usually not an option because they’re almost always 100% full, and the “economy” lots had expanded into the outlying grass…and besides the shuttle buses running slower because they had to make more stops, there was poor makeshift signage, and dragging your rolling suitcase over wet grass and dirt is not fun at all. So Joe finally talked me into (duh, duh, DUH!) offsite parking.

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Staying At WDW With No Car? Make Sure Disney Doesn’t Charge You For Overnight Parking

Since Joe and I are Disney fans who live about 9 miles from Walt Disney World (WDW), we both tend to keep an eye on the various message boards, Facebook groups and blogs that focus on all that is part of the most popular theme park resort in the world. But since we live so close, we don’t keep tabs on more than just general knowledge when it comes to WDW hotels because frankly, except for renting rooms with our Disney Vacation Club points so we could host some parties for our friends, we haven’t stayed at a hotel at WDW since around 2003. But when I read this the other day, it piqued my interest because, well, it’s not what one would expect from a place that advertises “Disney Magic.”

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