Unless you're absolutely incredible with your finances, or were born with an unlimited supply of money from your well-to-do daddy, I'm gonna say that travelling is probably a real strain on your pocket book. Here's a few tips to help you save some change.
If you're planning on going anywhere you should probably take a chance to first ask yourself how you're going to get there. If it's within 4 miles I would recommend walking. It's cheap and good for you. If it's a little further I would recommend considering a bicycle. Or a bus.
But since we're not really here to talk about trips to the local supermarket, I'm going to assume you're going somewhere that requires a mode of transportation with some sort of engine. On that front you have a few good options.
As mentioned in the flying section, when you travel can have everything to do with how much you're paying. For example, instead of flying out to see my family the week before Christmas, I'm going the week after, and saving nearly 200 dollars. BOO-YAH! Always check what peak travel times, days, months, etc., are and avoid them. They'll be the death of your retirement fund. Totally not worth it.
If you're expecting this to be about where you're going, you're wrong. I'm assuming that if you're travelling this time of year you already know where you're going.
No, this isn't about where you're going, it's about where you're staying once you're there (or on the way, if you're opting for the "drive yourself" route). Obviously if you can stay with family/friends you should. Free food and housing is the ultimate money saving hack. Now, on the off chance that that isn't an option I would strongly recommend looking into services like Airbnb. You're not sending your money to a scammer on Craigs List, and there will be reviews and ways for you to take legal action should you awake to find a freak hovering over your bedside (not that that would happen). You can get gorgeous accomodations for increidble prices no matter where you're going, usually right in the heart of whatever city you're looking to waste your holidays in. Hostels are another good option, but I'm more of a "ew people" kind of person, so I'm all about airbnbs. Especially the "whole house" option.
These are all pretty straightforward options. The difference between these and the alternatives is that these take a little longer. But, what's 30 minutes when you could save enough money to fund your next trip?