Going on holiday as a family is a wonderful experience. After all, you get to spend some quality time together, and you can go wherever you want. However, if you are on a budget, you might think that going on holiday is a dream, but there are ways that you can still get away for a few days without going over your allocated money. Plus, you can also save for some spending money while you are there. Here are a few tips on planning your next holiday on a budget.
Creating Your Holiday Fund
Before you can start looking for holidays, you need to begin the process of starting your holiday fund. It is a good idea to have the money for your holiday in a separate account to your main account. You can then keep this money and build on it without worrying that you are using it from your main account. You can find this information about the best savings account online, where you can compare and select the best one for you. It is also a good idea to have some spare money that you can save. To do this, you need to look at your regular budget and see if there is anything that you can do without. Any money that you can save will add to your holiday fund.
What Do You Want to Do?
The next question is what are you and your family looking to do on holiday? If you are an adventurous family, then you should concentrate on those getaways that offer this type of activity. However, if you love the idea of sitting on the beach, then there are many options around the world for that. If you have some conflicting ideas about what to do, then try looking at some resorts. These can often offer a mixture of adventure and the beachside relaxation that will suit all of you. They also often have excursions that you can take for those that are interested in the local history or architecture.
Start Doing Your Research
The most important, and for some, the most enjoyable part is researching your holiday. Now you know what your family wants, it’s time to start scouring the internet to look for the best deals. Don’t settle for the first website you see, even if you think it’s a great deal. Instead, make a note of the deal and the website and carry on searching. You can always come back to this site afterwards if it’s still the cheapest. Although it is a good idea to look for the holiday packages, you should also look at the cost of booking them separately. Although this will take more organizing and time, it can save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, if you choose to take an indirect flight, then this can save you money, although if you have young children, it might not be the best option.
Consider Alternative Options
Although you are looking to book a nice hotel and perhaps a resort as well, your budget might not be big enough to accommodate that. If that’s the case, don’t get disappointed, there are alternatives that you can do that won’t cost as much, but can still be a good break away. For example, why not think about a camping holiday? Even if you need to buy a family tent, the cost of camping for a week will still be less than staying in a hotel. Another option is staying outside of the main areas. Instead of choosing a hotel in the city, pick one outside the city and travel in each day. It should be a lot cheaper, and there may be other amusements there that you and your children can enjoy. The same goes for airports; if you pick an airport outside of the city, the cost will usually be less. However, you will need to factor in the cost of getting from the airport to your hotel. If you find that booking a holiday in another country is too expensive, then why not think about a location in the country? There are many nice resorts which will be local to you, and it will still feel like a holiday for the family.
Choose Your Dates Wisely
One of the biggest problems with booking a holiday with a family is the fact that booking during school holidays is usually more expensive. However, some of the holidays later in the year can be cheaper, so try a variety of dates to see what has the best deals. The earlier you book, the cheaper it can be, so try to book at least a year in advance. Not only will this make it cheaper, but it will also give you more time to save for the holiday.
Plan Your Days Out Before You Go
Once you have decided where you are going, research the location to see what’s on offer. Perhaps there are some free activities that you and the children can do, or maybe there are a few vouchers online that will save you money when you get there. Some places also offer a discount if you book early online so be aware of those. Check to see if there are any parks, woodland walks or beaches nearby as they will offer an interesting day out for free.
Take Your Own Food on Day Trips
Even if your day trip is free, you will still need to eat while you are out. To cut the cost, take some of your own food with you. You can shop at the local store and use that food for lunch while you are out. You can then always eat at the hotel when you get back. Taking your own food is also a good idea for those that have allergies as there might not be alternatives available.
No matter what your budget is, there is always a way that you and your family can take a happy holiday together.
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