A family holiday is a fantastic way to spend a little time relaxing with your loved ones, and it’s something that many people spend the whole year looking forward to. With budgets being tightened though in the wake of the recession, it’s wise to start looking for ways to keep the costs as low as you can, without compromising on having a good time.
Let’s take a look at some practical tips for sticking to a realistic budget when planning your next family holiday.
Be more flexible about when you travel
You’ll probably have to stick to school holidays, but you could pick up some bargains if you can be flexible about your travel dates. The weather is still likely to be good during the October half term in many destinations, so that could be a viable option for your break. At the very least, price up the varying packages for the destination you have in mind, so you know how much you could possible save.
Let the experts take care of your arrangements
Many people are now preferring to put together their own holidays, especially since the rise of budget airlines and the increase in online purchasing options. The truth is though, doing things this way can end up being much more costly than you initially imagined. The price that you first see on a website is rarely the price that you’ll end up paying, especially when you consider taxes and surcharges. Whilst it’s worth doing a little research into DIY options, make sure that you also consult a travel agent. Their expert services could get you the very best deal out there. Click here to find out more about deals from The Holiday Place.
Consider sharing with another family
If you like the idea of having a villa with plenty of space to relax, but you’re not quite sure if your budget will stretch that far, consider sharing with another family. The costs will be lessened, and it may be fun to have others around to share your holiday with.
Carefully assess whether self-catering is really the best option
The choice between self-catering and all inclusive options seems to divide people into two clear groups, but there isn’t always a definitive answer. To work out what would be best for you, look at food prices in your chosen destination and carefully assess whether it would really be cheaper to cook your own. It’s also worthwhile looking at bed and breakfast options, so you’d only have to cook or eat out for your evening meal, with some snacks during the day to keep you going.
Are you looking for ways to cut the costs of your family holiday? Have you found any other ways to get away for less? We’d love to hear about your experiences.