Everyone deserves a break from the daily grind and a chance to get away from their everyday surroundings. Taking a family away on holiday can be expensive – you don’t only have to pay for your trip but your kids too. Fortunately, there are many ways to make a family holiday more affordable. Here are just a few tricks.
Booking a holiday over six months ahead can often get you early booking discounts – especially if you’re able to pay the whole cost at once. Hotels might throw in a free night or even a free room upgrade for booking early. Airlines meanwhile may offer discounted seats for children.
Or book last minute
Similarly, there’s a lot to be gained from booking last minute. Wait until a week before and flights will be slashing prices to fill seats whilst hotels will also be cutting prices in order to fill up empty rooms last minute. Most people have to give warning when taking time off work, which makes this impractical. However, you could always book off the time in advance and take the chance of waiting until a week before to book your holiday.
Go out of season
Summer and the week over Christmas are the most expensive times to book a holiday. Consider going away between January and April or between September and November – it might not only be cheaper but less crowded (it’s a great time to visit theme parks!). This may involve pulling kids out of school so make sure there aren’t any hefty fines for doing this.
Consider indirect flights
Indirect flights can often be cheaper than direct ones. This may involve stopping off at another airport for a few hours. Even if you stop for the night and book a hotel, it might work out cheaper overall than taking a direct flight – especially when it comes to long-distance journeys.
Go all inclusive
All-inclusive holidays cover the cost of the flight, hotel, transfers, food and potentially drinks too. If you eat and drink a lot when on holiday, all-inclusive hotels are certainly the way to go. If anything, they can cut out a lot of hassle by not having to individually book everything.
Take part in competitions
There are always competitions out there with the prize of a family holiday as an incentive. Some of these competitions may be free. Take part in as many as you can and see if you win any trips away.
Be careful borrowing
Borrowing some money might allow you to take advantage of a deal if you don’t have the money in your account at the time. Cash advances are great for this purpose. You may even be able to pay some of it on your credit card. Just be sure to be aware of interest rates – you could end up paying a huge amount in the long run by taking out the wrong loan.
Limit your spending money
Try to keep to a spending limit when on vacation – you don’t want to put yourself in debt or have to pay unnecessary transaction charges for getting money out whilst there. Take money out in cash and budget yourself for each day.