(WXYZ) — We’re still in the middle of winter, but you may already be thinking about spring break and summer travel.
While finding deals on airfare can be difficult, there are budget-friendly ways that can help you save.
Theresa Winters, owner of Faraway Places Travel in Detroit and Port Huron, said if you haven’t booked yet, there are destinations that may offer deals.
“The latter are usually sought after places like Punta Cana or Mexico because they’re cheaper,” Winters said.
According to Winters, you can get a direct flight to Cancun or Punta Cana, and that helps.
,There are so many resort options out there that it keeps the price relatively low,” she said.
Winters said if you want to visit Key West or other popular Florida destinations, food and drink will be expensive, and there aren’t all-inclusive options like you’ll find in Mexico.
The advantage of Florida is that you can drive there, which will save you money on flights.
Another idea to save money, consider driving to an alternate airport in a neighboring state or to an event in Canada.
Two of my couples are going during spring break. They’re going to Punta Cana and by driving to Toronto, they’re saving about $2,500 per couple,” she said.
Winters also advises you to identify your priorities. Are you willing to cut a few days off your trip to save money? Or stay in a less expensive hotel?
She also recommends that you take the first flight on your way to your destination, and avoid layovers, so delays and cancellations are less likely to screw up your plans.
Also pack a carry-on bag and a large backpack instead of checking luggage.
Winters also recommends working with a travel agent because when there is a recession or major problem, you have someone with industry connections to help hopefully save your vacation.
It’s also important to consider trip insurance, especially if you’re investing a lot of money in your trip.