Family holidays are notoriously expensive because not only
are you confined to certain weeks that the kids can travel, but attractions and
meals out soon add up to a small fortune as well. If you want to stick to a
budget, read our tips that can help you save a surprising amount of money on
your next family break.
- Avoid the middle of the school holidays
It’s no secret that holiday prices increase during the school holidays and
because families are something of a captive audience, the prices are paid, albeit
begrudgingly. Although you can’t escape seasonal cost hikes entirely, you can
book your breaks for the mostcost-effective
moments, which tend to be the final week of a school holiday. An impending new term or return to school is often cause for panic and
last-minute planning, which takes time and shopping. These are two things that
are in short supply during a family holiday, but if you prepare before you jet
off, you can get back just in time for an easy transition back to school with
some extra money in the bank. Just don’t be tempted to take the kids out of
school without permission, as the fine for doing so
will more than likely negate any savings.
2. Choose a less
It’s too easy to be tempted by must-see destinations that
are setting your social media channels alight, but with fashion comes increased
cost. It can be hugely beneficial, financially speaking, to make a note of some
dream locations, so you can try to visit them when the fuss has died down and,
in the meantime, travel to some less hyped or spots.
cheap package holidays for those willing to look beyond traditional family
favourites such as Spain. Forget about the mainland and the Canary Islands for
a while and you’ll be able to enjoy a different kind of exoticism for less
money and without compromising your family experience.
3. Look ahead for kids-go-free deals
Plenty of family-friendly destinations know that the way to
purse-wielding parents’ hearts is to offer free kids places, which is why you
should be able to find a wealth of offers to take advantage of. From cheap
meals to buy-one-get-one-free on attraction entry fees, if you bookmark any and
all useful discount vouchers and plan your holiday around value-added days and
nights out, you can save a lot of money.
If you have very young children, it’s worth checking to see
if any attractions offer free entry, as over the course of a week or two, this can
quickly add up.
4. Take the plunge
On the face of it, all-inclusive holidays seem more
expensive than other options, but when you start calculating the cost of three
meals a day per person, plus snacks and activities, a set-price break can
translate to excellent value.
A lot of all-inclusive resorts that are family-friendly host
plenty of activities to keep you and the kids entertained and those with
private beaches can include water sports, which are a big expense on most
breaks. Just be sure to check all of the conditions for your stay, to avoid
being charged for extras, as these
are what makes an all-inclusive holiday more expensive than other options.
5. Go for an
unpopular flight time
If the thought of a
2am flight with kids fills you with dread, that’s how most other parents are
feeling too, hence they will pay extra for a more sociable hour. If you can
handle the fallout from some tired little ones for a few hours, choosing these
unpopular flights can save you a lot of money, with mid-week offerings
maximising your savings. Just try to remember that they can sleep on the way to
the airport and on the plane, so it won’t be as bad as you think – especially
if you make sure everything is in the car and ready to go the day before.
Family holidays are
always going to wield sizeable price tags, but by being savvy and choosing
savings over convenience, you can reduce them a great deal.