A family holiday doesn’t need to turn into a contest of wills or precarious bank balances. We have listed our four top tips to get the most out of your pounds: you will still be able to have unexpected adventures to little known places in the process.
Book In Advance and Save
The early bird catches the worm, and in the case of airfares, the earlier you book the bigger the savings. The heyday of £1 flights on budget airlines is pretty much over. However it’s still possible to bag a bargain, if you consider taking holidays during the off season, or going to lesser known destinations rather than capital cities. If flying to Italy for instance, consider airports such as Milan, Bologna or Pisa to start your trip instead of expensive Rome. Or perhaps go north to a colder climate, where the off season is as cheap as it gets: from Oslo, Norway, to Kaunas in Lithuania or Billund in Denmark, the options for budget flights are numerous. Picking holiday destinations this way can mean a fantastic saving!
Go Away as a Group
Families should consider buddying up with other like-minded families, and taking the clan of kids and luggage, in order to share a villa or large house. It’s a surprisingly cheap to experience a luxurious home, if the costs are shared between several families. Do a giant shop for supplies and then cook up a storm in the self-catering house, it’s a lot cheaper and healthier compared to take away. For day trips, cut down on additional costs by hiring a mini bus for the whole crew.
All Inclusive Holiday Bargains
Getting an all-inclusive package holiday for the family takes the hassle out of organising the meals, entertainment, flights and accommodation. This means less worry about money during the trip, and no unexpected massive bills afterwards. Check out Benidorm, Menorca and Ibiza for some family friendly resorts that offer good quality experiences for a reasonable price. Family friendly resorts usually also offer parents spa and therapeutic treatments, bar and pool facilities, as well as bespoke entertainment packages. To keep the little ones amused, make sure that the resort has a host of activities for the kids, such as sea kayaking, guided walks and movie marathons.
All in all, cheap holidays are not really that hard to plan: it’s just a matter of setting aside some time for researching the best possible deal, comparing prices and keeping your options open for travelling outside of the peak season.