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Taking the Kids: And getting the best Black Friday-Travel Monday deal

Eileen Ogintz, Tribune Content Agency on

Are you ready to travel again? I don’t mean for Thanksgiving or the holidays, I mean for planning next year’s adventures and getaways. You can save significant bucks and book a memorable family trip by planning for Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Travel Monday (Nov. 28).

“Travelers will definitely be looking for deals, as they traditionally do this time of year. More importantly, it is a perception of value! It’s not so much the price, but do they feel they got a good value for their money? Our research has shown that, despite inflation and record gas prices, people still took summer vacations and getaways in record numbers,” said Amir Eylon, president and CEO of Longwood International, which tracks American Travel Sentiment.

People adapted their travel to stay on budget. They just bought fewer souvenirs, ate out less, and chose lower priced accommodations to make sure the trip fit within their budget,” Eylon said, adding that he expects that to be the same for travelers now.

That’s why scoring a Black Friday-Travel Monday deal is so crucial now. It can mean taking the bucket list trip or staying in a deluxe resort you couldn’t afford otherwise. It can mean a cruise with extended family that everyone can afford, the long-promised trip to Orlando or a national park. There are a few simple hacks to make sure your travel dreams come true for 2023. Expedia released its 2023 Air Travel Hacks report, which provides data-backed tips on how travelers can save time and money. It also includes the best day to book and travel and how to avoid cancellations and delays. Here are a few:

– If you have a favorite hotel, resort or cruise brand, follow them on social media. You will see the deals there first and there may be something extra offered for their followers.

– Read the fine print. Make sure you know exactly what the deal offers. Can you cancel? Can you change the dates once you book?


– How much of a discount is being offered? Set up price alerts so you can be confident that you are getting a good deal.

– If you are planning with extended family and friends, make sure everyone agrees where you want to go, on the dates and is ready to book at the same time once the deal is live. I especially love when I can recommend stand-out deals where I’ve been and where I hope to go.


FOR AN EXPEDITION CRUISE: Ahead of Hurtigruten, Norway’s 130-year anniversary, Hurtigruten Group, the world leader in exploration travel, will offer more Black Friday deals than ever starting on Nov. 21. Through Nov. 30, travelers can save big on bucket-list destinations with discounts of up to 50 percent off for kids on sailings to Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland, Galapagos, Iceland, and Norway.


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