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The summer is almost upon us, and for many, this means family vacation time! But with kids in tow, the cost of a holiday can be expensive. With travel, accommodation, and entertainment costs, the expense can be high; not easy when you’re on a budget. Of course, you could eliminate travel costs altogether and take a staycation, but if you would rather see more of the world outside of your backyard, know that a family vacation doesn’t have to bankrupt you.
We have some suggestions in this article that might be useful to you, so if you’re looking ahead to your family break, consider the following.
1: Take a road trip
Okay, so you won’t get to travel overseas, but if there are places in your home country that you haven’t explored yet, then it might make sense to get in your car and take your family on a road trip. You can then set the pace for the trip, create your own itinerary, and stop off at cheap or free places to stay, such as at an Airbnb or a distant family members home, instead of paying for hotel prices. To save money further, stock up on drinks and snacks so you don’t have to pay extortionate prices at motorway service stations, and download a fuel app so you can find the cheapest places to fuel up your car.
2: See the world for less
If you are keen on seeing more of the world, then there are ways to reduce costs. If you are considering flying, research cheaper flights, and set up price alerts with Skyscanner or Kayak to secure the best deals. If you prefer to travel by sea instead of air, surf the internet for the cheapest prices, taking advantage of these Southampton cruise deals, as an example. In both cases, try and book early too, as you can often get reduced fare this way. And if possible, try to avoid peak Summer-season (June 3rd – August 12th), as you might net yourself cheaper travel fare around these dates.
3: Save money on attractions
You don’t have to pay a fortune while away, as there are usually plenty of free or low-cost attractions available. Check out your destination’s local tourism board website for more details before travel, and make a list of anything that takes your interest. During your research, see if your chosen destination has a City Pass (or similar) giving you access to a variety of attractions for the price of one ticket. And head over to TripIndicator, a fantastic site that lists free tourist attractions for a variety of locations around the world.
4: Avoid hotel prices
If you prefer hotel accommodation, do as you would with travel, and try to book a room during the off-peak season when the prices are usually going to be lower. However, you could forsake hotel prices altogether by renting a holiday home or an Airbnb instead, as this is usually a cheaper alternative. Sure, you will have to prepare your own meals, but you will also have space and freedom to do what you want without other tourists getting in your way. Alternatively, and if your family are not averse to roughing it, you could also consider a camping holiday. This doesn’t mean you have to stay in your own country, as there are plenty of places to camp around the world, so do your research into the destinations you are considering travelling to.
5: Book with a tour company
Rather than plan a holiday yourself, factoring in accommodation, transport, and meal costs, you might want to consider going with a tour company that is geared towards a family holiday. This way, you won’t have to do all the planning yourself (thus cutting out the stress), and you should save money, as travel, accommodation, etc. are all factored in the one price. And while you should end up paying less, you can also stagger the costs and pay for your holiday throughout the year instead of all at once. Oh, and you will also get guided excursions, so there is less chance of you taking the road less-travelled and missing out on something awesome!
So, there we have it. Your family vacation doesn’t have to cost you over the odds, as our suggestions should suit most budgets. We hope these ideas have been useful to you, but let us know what you think. If you have any tips and tricks of your own for a cheaper family vacation, please share your thoughts with us.