The Big Family Holiday on a Budget -top tips
Ah, the big family summer holiday. Long anticipated but will no doubt fly by once you’re there. Maybe a few tears on the plane, but a wonderful adventure away and great memories to savour.
One thing that’s not so fun about family holidays? The planning. The most important thing? Not breaking the bank.
If you’re going away on a budget. here’s a few things to consider when booking the big trip.
Bend but Don’t Break
First things first, know your budget and know what you want to achieve with it.
Be realistic and consider categorising costs; breaking things down will help you see where you can save on specific areas. Think about where you’re headed and how to distribute funds. Off to somewhere like Asia? Front load your spending so you can be confident that costs will be minimal once you’re out there.
Finally, have some money kept behind so you’re prepared to spend a little extra where required on things like excursions or expensive treats.
Timing is Everything
The summer break period has become a minefield of extortionately priced getaways, so it’s important to know when to get the best prices.
Book early or, if you dare, book late to get the best deals. Also think about looking into out of season bookings – a great move with toddlers – but be careful of not breaking any rules with school age children.
On the flipside to that, if you’re taking younger children, don’t be afraid to spend a little extra on well timed flights to avoid dealing with tired and irritable small people all day.
One of the more obvious tips: do your research.
Use flight and accommodation comparison sites and consider alternative methods of transport to see if you can find a great price. Ask friends who’ve been to the same places you’re looking at for recommendations on where to go and what to do.
One more thing: clear your cookies before you shop online. It could save you some money.
Self-catering might be the best way to go on a holiday with kids, but if you’re taking older children you may want to try and go off the beaten track and find some local, cheaper items whilst away.
No doubt you’ll want to spend a lot of your time visiting the main attractions, but a trip out of the tourist trap might just save you some cash.
Once you’ve nailed the budget, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a memorable time away with your loved ones.
I do hope ou have enjoyed this Family Holiday on a Budget post!