January is all about planning and looking ahead at what the year will bring us.
What do I want 2017 to bring me? Fun time with my family is always top of the list and this year I want us to take our first trip abroad all together. I’ve been abroad with Maisy and Bella before Lottie was born but little Lottie has never been on a plane!
For two reasons; first being as a single parent the thought of me and three children in another country is quite scary. Secondly is the cost, it is so expensive to travel nowadays so as I shop around I am sharing some of my top tips for family travel on a budget.
Shop around online
As easy as it is to go straight to a big well known travel agents and book, it is usually more expensive. Have a look for online discounts think about booking the flights and accommodation separately while a package deal is quick it rarely works out the cheapest option. I am looking at Spain for the girls and I as the flights are short and it’s such a family friendly destination renting an apartment works out so much more cost efficient for us.
Take into account extra costs
It is easy to think oh that’s a good deal – book! You really need to do your research into the small detail’s first. What’s included with your airline, baggage or inflight meals? Are transfers included?What is there to do locally for the children?
I would always look for accommodation that is near to the beach it doesn’t cost anything to take the kids to the beach and if yours are anything like mine they will spend hours happily on a beach. Spain-Holiday.com actually allows you to property search by how distance to the beach, so handy for any like minded families!
Avoid expensive charges at the airport and don’t pack 4 pairs of shoes per person – you will not need it. Think about what you actually need and just take that. Having some space in your case is always a good idea because you are bound to bring extra souvenirs home.
Do you enjoy eating out on holiday? If so all inclusive will be a waste of time for you. Do you like chilling by the pool with unlimited cocktails? Yes!? Then all inclusive will save you money in the long run. Different board options are always available check them out first do the maths and see what is worth while for your preferences. Also check out reviews, they always talk about food if it sounds naff go for self catering or just B&B options.
Wait for last minute offers
Last minute offers can save you a fortune but they can be risky if you have specific dates you would like to travel. I am someone who needs to pre plan and know exactly where I am going months in advance but if you are less of a control freak last minute deals would be great for you.
So those are my tips for saving some money when travelling abroad, do you have any more to share?
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