Summer is over and as the colder nights are coming we can be forgiven for thinking about holidays for next year. The trouble is with Christmas on the horizon, this can sometimes come with the worry that a holiday may be an expense we can do without. Holidays don’t have to cost a fortune if you know what you’re looking for so today I’m going to help with some holiday ideas for families on a budget.
It kind of goes without saying but do your research. In the past, I have spent hours upon hours scouring the internet looking for the best deals. Prices really can vary across different websites and so it makes sense to use the internet to your advantage. Start looking early too, this way you will have the time you need to get the holiday that you really want.
Consider All-Inclusive holidays
Whilst we have always gone self-catering in the past because we had a fussy eater on our hands, I have always wanted to go on an all-inclusive holiday. The money that can be saved on drinks and ice creams alone are worth it. Money easily gets frittered away on the small things and an all-inclusive holiday can really help clamp down on excess holiday spending.
Camping holidays can be a much cheaper option than a hotel or apartment stay. But don’t be tricked into thinking a caravan will be just as cheap. Some mobile homes can be more expensive so make sure you look at all of your options.
Look outside the box. Staying near the beach will likely cost you more than if you were to stay somewhere that you need to travel for ten minutes to get to the sea. Weigh it up and think about the cheaper options.
Consider your travel dates
We all know that the school holidays are the most expensive time to travel. The last week in August is usually marginally cheaper, although not ideal for some with it being the week before the kids go back to school. Last year I booked Portugal for the October half term and bagged myself a bargain because I booked it six months in advance. It was the perfect weather – not too hot and it was a fraction of the price than it would have been in the Summer holidays. It was also nice to have something to look forward to after the Summer was over.
Plan your days out in advance
Once you know where you’re going, look around, again online for days out in advance. You might be able to book before you go and save yourself a considerable amount of money. If you aren’t successful in doing this, look out for vouchers at the resort or park you are staying at, most places have offers for families.
Go food shopping if self-catering
The first thing we always do when going on holiday where food isn’t provided is go shopping. Normally a quick dart around Aldi to get the essentials in and we save a fortune immediately. Money spent on breakfast and lunch can be avoided if you get things in to prepare yourself. No one is saying you can’t eat out at all but be sensible and you can cut your food bill in half by doing this.
I hope these holiday ideas and tips help you in some way. They are the little things that I have picked up over the years since having a small person. Gone are the days when we didn’t need to worry about what we spent. The extra mouth to feed and bottom to seat on the plane really makes a difference to the holiday budget. Hopefully, these will go some way to helping you plan a holiday without spending a fortune.
Do you have any holiday ideas and tips for families on a budget that you can add to this list? Let me know in the comments.
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