If you have the time off, the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to get your travel fix. Maybe you have home-cooked meals and caroling on the brain, or perhaps you'd rather spend your vacation time exploring an unfamiliar city. Be it mountain retreats, seaside escapes, or merely sleeping in your childhood bed, 'tis a magical time of year to get away for some R&R.
But the flip side? Travel costs soar (as do the crowds), making your dream getaway seem more fantasy than reality. But there are ways to score sweet travel deals, you just need to get a little creative. Travel experts share their secrets for slashing holiday travel costs, so you can expend less energy on dollar signs, and more on eggnog and pumpkin pie.