How To Save Money On Family Holidays

by Julia on October 7, 2009

Keep the whole family happy with our family friendly holiday tips!

So you’ve booked the flights, hotels and hire car for your next holiday – great! But have you also budgeted for food, gifts and activities? It all adds up especially on a family trip so use our tips below to make your budget go further;

Choose Wisely – Do your research when it comes to family-friendly destinations and pick somewhere that offers plenty of opportunities for activities such as parks, beaches and museums.

Bring Your Own – If you have your own surfboards, kites and bikes at home then take them with you on holiday to save money on unnecessarily rentals.

Stay In The Burbs
– Booking accommodation in a city can be a pricey way to go. Weigh up the option of staying just outside a city in the suburbs.

Go Camping – An adventure holiday under the stars could be the option for you, especially as many of the activities are often on site.  And a good quality tent will last for years.

Go Caravanning – Caravan parks have come on in leaps and bounds over recent years with top notch specs including widescreen TVs, fully fitted kitchens and rooftop sun terraces. Again there are often many activities on site and plenty going on.

Book Ahead – Not just applicable for your accommodation but also for other activities such as amusement parks, theatres and galleries which may all offer a discount on certain days or online booking offers.

Ask For Discounts – Don’t ask, don’t get! Asking for a discount especially if there is a large group of you could be a good way to go.

Don’t Go Shopping – Focus on family friendly and healthy adventure activities rather than tramping round the shops and you will save money and get fitter. Do you really need to drag all those tacky souvenirs back home to gather dust?

Volunteer – There are more opportunities than ever for ‘voluntourism’ holidays for the whole family and the great bonus is that many include accommodation and food. You’ll also all be working together, learning new skills and maybe helping those less fortunate.

Budget – Do your sums and save some money each month so when the bill comes in for your trip you’ll be prepared!

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