By Yelena Moroz, MensHealth -- Pack your bags—you’re on your way to becoming a better man. According to new research from Northwestern University, a stamp-filled passport will make you a more trusting person, especially if you venture out to places unlike your home. 

That’s good advice: Span the globe, improve your character. But during the travel-crazy holiday season, finding a reasonable flight is easier said than done.  

How can you schedule a last-minute trip without beginning 2014 in the red? By getting a little crafty. Here are eight sneaky holiday travel hacks:

5. Bundle up. Check hotel sites for packaged deals. At Sandos, a resort with properties in Los Cabos, Cancun, and Riviera Maya, you can save as much as 20 percent on air and lodging by booking though their site. (Traveling on December 25 and 31 yields the most savings.) Ski-lovers can save over $850, thanks to complimentary lift tickets for two when staying at Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for four nights. Don’t forget to browse the tourism site for your destination for additional savings. If you’re heading to Utah, VisitSaltLake offers a Super Pass to four ski resorts, saving you 20 percent on lift tickets and ski rentals, as well as free transportation.