Travel doesn’t always come cheap, especially when you have a family to pay for.
Of course, we are always on the lookout for the very best in low-cost accommodation, flights and food when booking a trip away but here are some other tips to make your money go further…
If you need to operate within a tight budget then ensure you pay for the things you’ll definitely need before you head off.
Consider skipping the travel agent bundle and book your flights and hotel separately, sometimes this works out cheaper. When it comes to finding cheap accommodation, look around at the travel comparison sites out there and consider staying a little outside the town centre to save a little extra cash.
Rental cars can end up costing more if you attempt to hire upon arrival so try to book online ahead of your trip. Also, look out for staff attempting to sell you insurance for a second time upon arrival if you pre-book.
If there are excursions you are desperate to go on then try to book in advance before you board the plane. Often family tickets – and transport – are available at much more reasonable prices if you book early.
If you are buying a family meal then don’t just slump down into a chair of the first restaurant you see (or the first that offers pizza and chips to keep the kids happy).
Prices are often much higher in restaurants and shops around the main tourist areas. The further off the beaten track you go away from the attraction or beachfront the more reasonable the price list.
Be sure you shop around and be firm with any waiter trying to talk you in before you’ve read the price list.
Remember City Tax
City tax is a hidden charge that can be found across Europe and also in parts of Asia and America.
Rates vary, but you could be forced to pay an extra 5% per person per night on top of your room bill.
Often this money goes back to the authorities to help fund the tourist industry, but you won’t be feeling quite so charitable if you get caught out. Always check ahead when planning a holiday.
Pennies Make Pounds
Squirrel away your loose change throughout the year and, just as you’re heading off for your holidays, open the jar and prepare to be amazed just how much you’ve saved up – it’s likely enough for a good day out if not more.
The same goes for any foreign currency you accumulate, don’t just spend it at duty-free or on the plane for the sake of it, keep it for your next visit.
Remember, don’t budget for this money, see it all as an added bonus when you arrive.
All Together Now
You always get more for your money, the larger the group.
If you want to enjoy a really fantastic family holiday then it has to be the more the merrier.
Travel with parents, grandparents, brothers and aunts. This way you can make your money go further and maybe even book that villa or apartment you could only previously dream of.
Having other kids there will also give your children companions, and you may even find someone willing to babysit and let you sneak out for a romantic meal.
If public transport, supermarkets and places of interest are good enough for the locals then they should be good enough for you.
Why splash out on shuttle buses, taxis, meals out and expensive attractions if there’s just as much fun to be had at a lower cost?
Stop The Needless Spending
Do you need everything you buy abroad? Away from home, we seem to spend endless amounts of money buying trinkets and tat from shops we’d never consider setting foot in at home.
Why buy a huge inflatable for the pool if you don’t have enough room in the suitcase to bring it home?
Shop smart not stupid.