You don’t need a huge budget to have a great holiday. Nowadays there are so many ways to holiday on a shoestring that you can visit incredible places without paying extortionate prices. From packing your own food to choosing your dates wisely, here are some tips to help you have a great holiday without going over budget.
Keep an eye on your favourite tour operators, as from time to time they’ll put up great deals and offers. From free places for children to huge discounts, you could end up bagging a fab holiday for half the price. Even smaller offers and add-ons can help reduce your overall spend, so it’s worth signing up if you’re on the lookout for a great bargain. The best deals are the free places for children, where you can get one child’s flights and hotel stay paid for. This will hugely reduce your costs, meaning you can choose a more exotic destination or a nicer hotel.
If you’re staying at a resort, check out the facilities and activities. Some places may charge extra to sign up for kids’ clubs and outdoor activities, as well as the use of some facilities. If you can find an all inclusive package, your children can enjoy all sorts of different activities without paying a huge amount. If you’re staying in a big resort, you may end up paying slightly more for the holiday, but you’ll save more once you’re there. If your food and activities are included, you won’t have any hidden charges or extras to pay. Plus, most resorts have great family-friendly clubs and sports – from huge swimming pools to spas.
Choose your dates carefully
Although most people are tied into term dates and school holidays, if you’ve got little ones who aren’t at school yet, make the most of the off-peak season – you’ll find that rates are considerably lower, and you won’t have to share the facilities and beaches with as many people. For those with school-aged children, try to book during the first week of August and September, as these dates tend to be slightly cheaper. Planning in advance helps, too – the earlier you can get your holiday booked, the less it’s likely to cost.
If you’re near the beach or the countryside, you can have a relatively cheap holiday. The children can amuse themselves playing, swimming and running about and all it costs you is a few buckets and spades and maybe an ice cream or two! Plus, it’s a great way for them to get fresh air and lose some energy before the evenings. You can pack a few outdoor toys and games, make your own picnic and spend the day in the sun. While city breaks are lots of fun, they can get expensive very quickly.
Do your research
Before you go, make sure you check forums and travel sites. You can scout the best places to go and where to visit when you arrive. You can find great attractions that have cheap or free entry and researching the ones you want to go to means you can budget, too. If you know your kids would love a day at a waterpark, you can find cheaper activities to go alongside it. You may also find that going online to book in advance saves you money, so it’s worth checking before paying on the door.
Take your own food
Food can be incredibly expensive when you’re on holiday, especially if you’re paying for several people. Get organised before you go out and get into the habit of packing your own lunches, drinks and snacks. If you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you can plan your trips out around on-site meal times, meaning you don’t need to pay for extra meals out. Make sure you know where the nearest supermarket is and stock up on family favourites – this will keep even fussy eaters happy.
With the warm British summers, glorious sunshine and beautiful surroundings, there’s no reason why you can’t stay in this country for your family holiday. The money you save on air fares can be put towards staying in a nice hotel, and you can save all the stress of flying. There are many great holiday locations around the UK, whether you want a seaside holiday or a countryside break, there’s plenty of choice.
A great holiday doesn’t need to cost lots of money. No matter where you choose to go, there are always ways of making savings while still having a good time. Always allow yourself plenty of time to research and make decisions. Sometimes getting creative with your budget and saving money can actually make the process of holiday booking more fun.
What’s your top holiday budgeting tip or success story? I would love to hear.
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