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15 Costly Holiday Travel Mistakes You Might Be Guilty of Making

GOBankingRates Logo By Charlene Oldham of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 16: <p>Whether they're driving to visit family or flying to a tropical island to escape winter weather, millions of Americans will be traveling over the holidays. In 2016, AAA estimated 48.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. For the year-end holiday travel season, that number more than doubled, to 103.1 million Americans taking to the road or the air. If recent trends continue, even more Americans will be traveling in November and December this year.</p><p>Although airfares and room rates can be inflated during the peak travel season, it's still possible to keep holiday travel costs low without channeling your inner Scrooge. Just <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/costly-travel-mistakes-avoid/">avoid these costly holiday travel mistakes</a>. </p>

Whether they're driving to visit family or flying to a tropical island to escape winter weather, millions of Americans will be traveling over the holidays. In 2016, AAA estimated 48.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. For the year-end holiday travel season, that number more than doubled, to 103.1 million Americans taking to the road or the air. If recent trends continue, even more Americans will be traveling in November and December this year.

Although airfares and room rates can be inflated during the peak travel season, it's still possible to keep holiday travel costs low without channeling your inner Scrooge. Just avoid these costly holiday travel mistakes.

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