Friday, November 1, 2013

Holiday/Winter Travel Guide 2013

Many of you will be leaving for the holidays this upcoming November and December. Although it’s exciting to visit family and friends sometimes the task of planning your travel can be more legwork than the travel itself. So, here are some tips to help ease your holiday travel and cost:

Take the train – Although, for many of you living across state lines the first thing that comes to mind is booking your airline ticket, some travelers find they can save more than half on their travel spending by taking the train this holiday season. Also, if you book on Amtrak early (like, now) you can save up to 25% on your November/December tickets.

Get on the bus – Taking the bus home is another great option and although it might be a little more crowded (which transportation isn’t during the holidays?) it can save you hundreds of dollars. Greyhound Bus offers great deals during the holidays and has two (2) convenient terminals in NYC – one at Penn Station (34th Street) and another at the Port Authority (42nd Street).

Book your flight early & save– Taking a flight home might be the easiest option for many of you. So, if this is your only option because of your city location or the time it takes to get home, be sure to book your ticket early. Usually booking your ticket 20 – 30 days in advance can help you beat the last minute hikes in prices. Also, be sure to check out discount sites such as Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, or TravelZoo for more savings. If you’d like more tips on how to save on your airline tickets check out this article here.

Zip home in your Zipcar – If you’re within driving distance you might consider booking a Zipcar for the holidays.  Zipcar has partnered with Hofstra and for only $25 students can join. Plus, students only have to be 18 and older to reserve a car. The other bonus is if you need a car last minute you can access cars 24/7 right here on campus! To learn more check out:

Don’t forget the Blue Beetle – Yes, the Hofstra shuttle (a.k.a. Blue Beetle) will be at your service for transportation to the Hempstead and Mineola bus and train terminals for local and city travel. Plus, Hofstra has just announced that there will be shuttles to JFK airport starting on November 27th. You can view the current and holiday shuttle schedule here.

Please keep in mind with all of these travel methods it’s important that you travel safely.  If possible plan to travel during the daylight hours and be sure to notify your family/friends of your mode of transportation. When speaking with your family/friends include your travel details (e.g. arrival/departure times; flight/bus number; carrier; etc.).
Safe travels!


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