I have frequently talked/moaned about our struggle to find holidays to accommodate all five of us. Being a larger than average family makes budget holidaying tricky, but not impossible!
I like to consider myself to be quite savvy when it comes to shopping and getting bargains and planning holidays is no different. Here our top tips to make your holiday a bit more purse friendly.
Be Careful With Your Dates.
If you’re not confined to school holidays, consider travelling when the kids are still in school. The prices rise dramatically when the kids are off so if you can it’s worth travelling out of season to get the most for your money.
Be Savvy When Booking Accommodation.
When booking your hotel, consider what’s most important to your break. Consider your hotel’s location, particularly on a city break. City centre locations are great, but also pricey. Check whether it would be cheaper to stay just outside the city and use public transport to travel in.
Everyone loves a luxury hotel but ask yourself, how long are you going to be spending in the hotel? If it’s just going to be somewhere to rest your head at night, is it worth splurging the cash on hotel with facilities you may never use?
If you’re planning a staycation in the UK then there are plenty comparison websites which will give you the cheapest price for available rooms.
If you’re venturing overseas, instead of heading for the bigger travel agents, it’s worth shopping around and doing your research. Websites such as Holiday Gems have fantastic deals on holidays in a variant of gorgeous locations – check their site!
Pack like a pro.
I love a packing list! When you’re packing for five you have to at least attempt to be organised! If you’re going to somewhere where the weather is unpredictable, pack for each eventuality to avoid having to buy it when you are there. Same with packing items such as toiletries, and essentials for the kids. You don’t want to be spending your holiday traipsing around looking to buy something you have plenty of at home!
Book Flights In Advance
It’s great to be spontaneous but it’s often cheaper to book well in advance, Last minute flights can be expensive so keep an eye on flight comparison sites to get a great deal on your travel. If possible it may also be worth travelling midweek as flights departing on a Tuesday are usually cheaper than any other day. It’s also worth trying to get extra discounts on flights (and hotel bookings too) through deals websites such as dealsdaddy and dealsplanet.
Hopefully these tips have been useful! Have you any to add? Let me know in the comments!
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