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I'm Asking: How Much Is Holiday Travel Costing You This Year?

I'm Asking: How Much Is Holiday Travel Costing You This Year?

More than half of you plan on reducing your holiday budget significantly compared to last year's budget, but the holidays are just as much about togetherness as they are giving. Spending your time with the ones you love is more valuable than a material gift, anyway, but it can cost a bit of money to travel the distance.

Personally, I'm staying local ($0) during the holidays but am lucky to spend New Year's with my closest friends ($220 plane ticket). How much will it cost you to travel this holiday season?


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suziryder suziryder 8 years
My fiance and I spent about $1000 on plane tickets to fly from LA to Philadelphia (my hometown) for Thanksgiving. We're staying local for Christmas and New Year's, but we may drive up to his hometown which would be about $50 in gas for the round trip.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
2 tanks of gas and a couple vegetable dishes for Thanksgiving- so probably just over $100 for me, plus $150 for a plane ticket for the hubby.
meeshee meeshee 8 years
flying to korea, so the ticket is *gulp* well over 2,000 :(
inksee inksee 8 years
A week New York with my girlfriends. I just bought the ticket recently, and it cost around $450 =(
SussLW SussLW 8 years
$1050 for the two of us for Christmas - not including the rental car to drive between his parents' home and mine. At least we have non-stop flights. This is for SF-Boston, NYC-SF.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It'll be about $20 worth of gas each trip home. We're going to my parents' house for Thanksgiving and Christmas and we'll probably be making some trips to my in-laws as well. Just curious, Le Luxe--whereabouts in WI does your family live that there isn't any civilization around? Do they live up in the North Woods? I'm in Oshkosh and my parents live by Madison. For our honeymoon, we drove up to Eagle River and it was DEFINITELY miles and miles from civilization!
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
It's always so expensive for me on the holidays. $400 for the plane ticket ($800 for me and the BF) then New Years in New York. Since my fam lives in New Jersey, we took advantage of the flight we had to buy anyway - so thats about $1000 in hotel + plus who knows what else expenses! so yeah...around $2k :(
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
My tickets home for Thanksgiving and Christmas were $700 each. Ridiculous. These airlines know they have people over a barrel so they can charge exhorbitant amounts of money.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Way too much...this is the first holiday season my fiance and I are splitting time between our families. His family is local, but they decided to do Thanksgiving in Mexico, so $$*cha-ching*$$. My parents are a state away in Arizona, so that's another flight for Christmas, albeit way less expensive. Needless to say, we're not spending a lot now, and just saving for the holidays.
graylen graylen 8 years
My SO and I will spend thanksgiving with his grandparents, but they paid the flight. We will be spending Christmas with my family and that was $950 for both of us. Which is still better than last year which was $600 just for me.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
SDTransplant, I'm a little depressed about having to spend money to spend Christmas with my in-laws!
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
My b/f and I are flying to CA from MA to spend the Christmas holidays with my family (we spend Thanksgiving with his here in MA). I booked the tix in August and the prices were already absurd: roughly $1K for both of us. I joked with my mom that we wouldn't be coming after all but it'd depress me not to spend Christmas with my family.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
My husband and I always spend Christmas with my parents. So, we'll be driving about 300 miles to do so. However, that sure beats paying twice the amount for a plane ticket. Gas is expensive, but it's not nearly as expensive as plane tickets!
seven7 seven7 8 years
Less than 2k, I'll leave it at that.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
Plane ticket to Wisconsin to be with my family: $378 Spending 4 days with no other civilization for miles: priceless :) haha
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Driving to Orlando to spend Christmas there with my husband's family, then fly to Mexico for my friend's wedding and my mom's birthday. Airfare was 1100 which is pretty good for both of us. Cannot wait!!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
Just under $400 to fly home and back for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I haven't made any plans for the holidays yet! I guess I better figure it out.
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 8 years
This year for our family ski trip we going to NM instead of CO, we're hoping that by driving we will save more money than all our flights. Dad usually pays for the house rental and I have my own skis so my only cost will be any new ski clothes and my lift ticket.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I'd estimate about 1 tank of gas so however much that costs come December. That should be enough to drive to all the local holiday parties (my husbands family) and the 130 miles round trip on Christmas Eve to see my parents.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
My husband and I are flying to Shanghai to visit my family and friends. Plane ticket is about $1,350 each, so $2,700 total. There goes my little savings of the season. =(
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
ALOT less than last year! Last holiday season my parents, sisters and I spent it in Dominican Republic..I think this year most of the family is staying put
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Let's see- Our plane tickets to France to spend xmas with my soon-to-be-in-laws cost us $3000 for both tickets but his company gave us $3500 to cover the tickets so we made $500 which is awesome bc the ticket for our Thanksgiving trip to L.A - Joshua Tree National Park- Mojave- Death Valley- Vegas was only $680 for both of us so we only spent so far $180 on holiday travel to places very far from home!
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I'm not spending anything on travel over the holidays -- I am getting married on New Year's Eve, so my dad and his girlfriend are flying down from AK to spend Christmas, New Year's, and my wedding with me, my fiance, my brother (who also lives here), his wife and kids. However, the honeymoon/trip back home to AK/cruise we are taking over the summer is in the thousands, unfortunately... but we have been saving forever, and I've wanted to sail to Alaska my whole life.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
$350 to fly to my parents for Thanksgiving, but I'm cashing in a SW free flight to visit my boyfriend's family for Christmas. New Years Eve will be tres depressing since I'll be in a new city and my boyfriend has to work that night. But at least it will be a cheap night.
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