It is always great to travel for the holidays; unfortunately it can also be a very expensive adventure. If you are one of the thousands of people traveling this holiday, it is best to plan ahead if you want to save some bucks while still getting the chance to experience an enjoyable holiday vacation.· Shop AroundShopping around the web is a good practice if you really want to avail of discounted holiday fares. There are lots of travel agencies, booking sites and auction houses online that offer travel holiday package deals. You just have to make sure that you get the best one by comparing the rates being offered.· Book EarlyAccording to surveys if you book your flight as soon as your travel plans are confirmed, there is a good chance that you might save some money for the airfares. If you can buy flight tickets at least a month in advance, you get to choose the best seat and avail of big discounts.· Take Advantage of DiscountsThere are actually airlines that offer ticket for flights at least two months ahead. If you are really lucky enough you may get grab some very special offers, but you may have to book at least 4 months in advance. There is a catch though regarding these deals, the tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. This means that you cannot cancel your flight, and if you will not be able to board for your schedule, you will not get a single cent back.· Avoid Peak DatesDo not book for flights going a day before the holiday. Try to fly at least a week before the holiday to avail of cheaper tickets. Avoid booking for December 24 and December 31.If you only have a few days of vacation, fly on the day itself. Tickets will be so cheap during those dates. The problem with these dates though is that sometimes flight are cancelled or delayed because of very few passengers.· Try to Fly Out of Alternate AirportsIf you can avoid major airports, you can save money and save yourself from the hassles too. Less popular and smaller airports actually have access to smaller airlines too, the ones that offer cheaper airfares. Just be vigilant in your search and you will surely find that alternate airport that will suit you just fine.· Get Vacation Package ToursIf you are spending your holiday somewhere else and not with relatives, your best option to save money is to find great and cheap holiday package deals. There are travel agencies over the Internet that offer complete holiday packages, which include back and forth flight tickets, hotel accommodations, car rentals and even guided tours. This is a better option than booking flights, hotels and car rentals separately.Lastly, try to save more money by doing your Christmas shopping online and having your gifts delivered to the recipients. This strategy will not only save you some bucks but will also save you from having to bring the gifts with you at the airport.