Traveling around the holidays, especially during the Fourth聽of July , can be cause for a major headache. Between tracking down the best flights to figuring out how to dodge travel fares , there鈥檚 plenty left to the unknown. We鈥檙e setting out to make sure that you make the most out of America鈥檚 favorite celebration, so we caught up with Cheryl Rosner, CEO of Stayful , a travel site that helps you book some of the best independent boutiques around the world. Scroll on for Cheryl鈥檚 top tips on how to make the most out of travel this holiday season.


1. Three words: Location, location, location: When it comes to booking your hotel, think outside the box of where you might typically choose to stay. Cheryl says, 鈥淪tay in hotels located in the financial district on the weekends, and stay in hotels located in leisure tourist districts midweek. This strategy will save you a lot of money and endear you to boutique hotels.鈥

2. Plan ahead. Normally, you might think booking your stay months ahead of your Fourth of July trip will guarantee you the best deal. But Cheryl doesn鈥檛 see the same thing, adding, 鈥淎t Stayful, we鈥檝e seen our community getting the best deals when they book boutique hotels with us seven days out.鈥


3. Don鈥檛 ask for an upgrade. When you鈥檙e looking to score a little extra for your stay, it鈥檚 all about how you frame your ask. Instead of asking for an upgrade, ask for an experience. 鈥淲hile I am staying in boutique hotels in need time periods, I will ask, 鈥業f you happen to have a suite available, I would love to experience it.鈥 As a result, I get upgraded a lot. The hotel knows because I鈥檝e asked if I can experience it that I intend to share my experience. Who knows, a simple upgrade could get you a better view of the fireworks,鈥 says Cheryl.

4. Get the best flight possible. 鈥淐hoose the plane. When you have several options around the same time you plan to travel, check the type of aircraft offered. A 767 has fewer middle seats due to the configuration, 2-3-2,鈥 notes Cheryl. She adds, 鈥淐hoose your seat, even if it is not your ideal choice. Seats free up as you get closer to the flight. Check the airline鈥檚 app on your way to the airport for last-minute seat availability. As upgrades are granted, additional seating becomes available. Check the cost of checking bags and leave most of your stuff at home.鈥


5. Don鈥檛 forget about transportation. You might think hailing a cab or checking in with Uber will be a breeze when you step off the flight, but that might not always be the case. Cheryl agrees, adding, 鈥淐heck transportation from the airport to your destination. In urban destinations, this can mean big savings. Flying into Newark Airport can save you on fares instead of flying into LaGuardia or JFK. In addition, you can take Air Train, which connects to Amtrak, taking you to Penn Station in the city. The cost is $12.50, versus $50-$75 by taxi.鈥 Basically, a little research and a willingness to go slightly out of your way can mean more money saved for the important things, like blue wine .

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