When travelling with kids, it can get a whole lot more expensive. Not only do you have extra flights and food to purchase, but even something as simple as finding reasonable priced accommodation is suddenly not so simple anymore.
Travelling with kids involves a whole lot more planning and sometimes a whole lot more money, but there are ways to avoid your family travel becoming too expensive.
The Best Ways to Save Money on Family Travel
For some reason, parts of the world think a family is 2 adults and 2 kids. Anything beyond this and it all becomes overpriced and difficult. Instead of going for the usual hotel style accommodation and having to spend a fortune on a multi bedroom suit (if you can even get one big enough), consider alternative accommodation.
Consider staying in a holiday home that will accommodate a family. It will be roomy and self-contained as an added bonus and often cheaper than multiple hotel rooms. Many of these are rented privately, so you may need to expand your search to find a holiday home in the area you plan to visit.
Kids love anything a little different, so don’t rule out tents, caravans, cabins and dormitories for your travels. You may prefer your accommodation a little fancier, but the kids will see it as a new adventure. This way you can afford multiple tents or cabins if needed, at a fraction of the cost of a family hotel room.
There are also services that allow you to house swap with other travellers around the world while on holiday. This can often mean free accommodation in exchange for letting other travellers use your home while you are away.
Accommodation outside the city centre is a cheaper alternative that can save you money, however before you book, make sure you research transport costs to and from the city so you aren’t ending up worse off with the extra transit needed to get around.
A great way to cut costs on family travel is taking up a kids stay free offer. A lot of resorts offer this special deal, particularly in tropical destinations, such as Fiji and Vanuatu. Often the deal includes free meals for kids too, which is yet another big saving while travelling with kids. You may only need to purchase their flights (unless that’s included too).
You will save a lot by keeping an eye out for special holiday deals for the places you are travelling. You may be able to get a package day significantly cheaper than if you were to arrange separately. Last minute travel deals are often heavily discounted too.
Personally I subscribe to a lot of travel deal websites and keep an eye out for specials, even when I’m not planning a trip. You never know when you might find a deal too good to refuse! Some of our favourite holidays have happened this way.
Instead of having restaurant food for every meal, buy the ingredients and make your own meals. If you have a self-contained apartment, you can put together pretty much anything from the local supermarket, or at the very least, with no kitchen facilities, you can buy bread and meat or salad and put together sandwiches.
Food close to famous landmarks or in the inner city will likely be more expensive, just like accommodation. Take a bit of a walk from the hustle and bustle of tourist hot spots and you will likely save some money on food. Keep this in mind when trying to cut costs eating out when travelling with kids.
Everyone wants to travel when the weather is great, which means summer in every part of the world tends to be popular, unless you are planning a ski holiday, in which case bring on the freezing winter weather. Peak season holidays are more expensive.
If you are able to, travel during the off season to save money on your family travel. Not only will it be cheaper for flights and accommodation, it will usually mean less crowds too. Bonus!
Good Value Destinations
Instead of travelling to destinations known for their high price or poor exchange rates, head somewhere that will give you more bang for your buck. When your dollar goes further, you can have a whole lot more fun without worrying about the high price of everything.
This is one of the best ways to save money on family travel simply because you can enjoy a taste of luxury without the luxury price tag.