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Travel Girl Tips: 4th of July Travel

The obstacle course of getting from point A to point B can be trickier on a holiday weekend.  So this is when it’s really important to pack your patience!

AAA says that more than 40 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home this year to celebrate Independence Day, making it the busiest summer travel holiday.

More travel means more spending.  But, listen up, AAA says. We’re not making more money. We’re just willing to take on more credit card debt!

But, if you don’t want to load up your credit card, here are a few ways to cut costs and still get away this weekend:

First, parents spend a lot of money on souvenirs that they can get for a lot less by making a stop at the arts and crafts store. Pinwheels, balloons, glow-in-the-dark jewelry–these items are available at your local discount shop or craft store. Load up on the trinkets before you go to keep your kids happy and your budget on track.

Secondly, if you’re taking a road trip, or will be renting a car at your destination, remember to bring your discount gas card. I have my numbers typed into my phone.  Many grocery store chains that offer gas discounts have locations nationwide. So, you never know when those numbers might come in handy.

Finally, consider taking the bus! You won’t need to worry about gas prices or distracted driving if someone else is behind the wheel. We are lucky in New Orleans. Megabus.com goes to a dozen different destinations from here, including Memphis, San Antonio, Orlando and Atlanta with fares starting at one dollar, if you book far enough in advance.

You won’t get that rate for the 4th of July at this point. But there are still some deals out there.  And it’s a lot lower than a last-minute plane ticket.

If you plan now for a late summer vacation, keep in mind, just like with air travel, fares are cheaper on certain days. If you can take the bus on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, you’re more likely to get a deal.