These Six Tips Can Help You Save Money Planning Your Vacation

Taking a vacation is a great way to relax and escape the stresses of home, but traveling as a family can quickly escalate the costs of your holiday and you may soon find yourself worrying about going over budget. There are, however, some great tricks to ensure that you keep the costs of traveling as a family low while still allowing everyone to enjoy their special time away. Here are a few suggestions to save a little money when traveling with kids.

Plan your trip in advance

The best way to save money on your family vacation is by planning it out in advance, which most importantly means purchasing all plane tickets and hotel rooms early. Be sure to also research what paid activities are available and whether or not they’re kid friendly, as people will often buy tickets in advance only to find that the event is not suited for kids.

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Consider an all-inclusive

Perhaps the easiest way to ensure that you both save money when traveling as a family and that you don’t surpass your budget is by purchasing an all-inclusive vacation, there are some great deals available and you can relax knowing all your meals, drinks and snacks are included. This will mean that the only things you will have to pay for when you arrive are things you decide to do outside of the resort, or specialty activities such as massages.

Travel off-season

Traveling out of season will not only mean that you pay less for all your bookings and the purchases you make on your vacation, but it will also mean that you travel during a period that is less crowded, which is always a welcome option for a family. Remember, you can still enjoy great holiday weather by booking a few weeks in advance or after the major tourist season.

Look for free activities

It can be easy to get sucked into paying for activities while you’re on vacation, but there are often plenty of free activities to keep you occupied, including everything from museum and galleries to tours and water sports.

Look into group transportation

Many public transportation and train systems will offer either group tickets for families that will cut costs, or you can purchase a day long or multi-day pass at a cheaper rate than the single ride tickets.

Look for last-minute bookings

Going against the number one rule of travel, always planning in advance, booking a last-minute holiday can actually be the best way to get a great price, as travel agencies, hotels, and airlines are trying to fill seats and rooms, try looking around 8 to 4 weeks before departure for the best deals.

However you decide to book your holiday, a cost-effective family vacation is something you will all be happy to enjoy together.


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12 thoughts on “These Six Tips Can Help You Save Money Planning Your Vacation

  • August 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    These sound like great tips! I know from a few, less then well planned trips, just how expensive things can get if you don’t do it right.

  • August 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I do a lot of these things when I plan a vacation (off season, all-inclusive, etc) and it really does help. Planning and booking in advance is definitly one of the best tips and it gives me time to pay it off (if I haven’t paid cash up front) before the trip actually rolls around.

  • August 28, 2015 at 5:38 am

    These are all really great and useful tips! These tips are a must when planning trips with kids and we use them as much as we can when we travel. Traveling with kids is a lot of work so you want to make sure the trip is well planned so you have a chance to relax! Traveling off season is usually a lot of fun for us because there aren’t many people around, but if it means everything is closed around you then it’s not worth it.

    • August 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Yeah I like traveling off season especially with little ones when the big kids are back in school. Much more enjoyable experience. I won’t be able to do that in a few years though when my youngest heads to school.

  • August 28, 2015 at 6:15 am

    These are awesome tips. We are trying to save for an awesome trip next summer and it is really taking some planning for sure. I think last minute gives some of the best deals around! One of my favorite places to get last minute deals is last minute

  • August 28, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Family vacations are the best! We really enjoy all inclusives because it covers all your costs in one bundle. We also use Name Your Own Price from Priceline to get some great deals on hotels.

  • August 28, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Love these ideas. We went on our first family airplane ride last winter to Florida. It was great except that my hubby had the stomach flu, so we are planning WAY ahead this year for a great (and healthy) trip!

    • August 28, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Oh stomach flu can totally change the vacation yuck! Good luck in your planning!

  • August 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I wish we could do off-season, but with the kids in school its a no go for us. Keeping that tip in mind for a romantic long weekend. I have to look into the All-inclusives for the entire family


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