Travelling has so many benefits for both adults and children. From taking a break to recharge your batteries to enjoying mind-blowing experiences, there’s a raft of reasons to see more of the world. If you’re looking to travel more with your kids, but you have a tight budget, here are some affordable ways to get away.
Compare flight prices
The cost of flights varies hugely according to the dates and times you choose, and the airline you select. Before you book a flight, it’s wise to use a comparison site or to search other airline websites to see if you could get a better deal. Changing the date by a single day or opting for an evening flight, rather than a morning departure, could save you a substantial amount of money. If you can be flexible with dates, use filters to check prices on the days you can jet off, and aim for weekdays and off-peak times. It’s also a good idea to consider the total price of your flights. Often, discount airlines charge low fees, but they add extras, which could make the gap between quotes much smaller. If you need to take cases, for example, this could bump the cost up significantly. For long-haul flights, it’s also worth looking at indirect routes. This might not be ideal if you have toddlers, but if your children are older, you could save hundreds, maybe even thousands of pounds by taking a flight with a stopover.
Consider accommodation options
Most of us automatically think about booking hotels for short breaks, weekends away or a week in the sunshine. If you’re travelling with friends or family in a group, or you’re planning an extended break, there are other options available, which might offer better value for money. You could look for flats for rent, you could hire a villa and split the cost, or you could look into doing a home swap with another family that wants to enjoy a holiday. These alternatives are likely to work out cheaper than booking a series of hotel rooms, and they might also be more practical when traveling with children. Once you’ve decided where you want to go, use the Internet to compare prices and find out what kinds of properties are available within your budget.
Book transfers, parking and car hire online
Even if you’ve booked a package holiday, you might find yourself needing extras, which will cause the cost of your trip to rise. If you need airport parking, transfers from the airport to your accommodation, or car hire while you’re away, it’s usually beneficial to book online in advance. With parking, it’s wise to subscribe to mailing lists for travel companies and airports to take advantage of special offers. It’s also a good idea to get a quote for taxis if you’re traveling with others. The cost of transfers varies according to whether you choose to take a private car or to share with others. Travelling by bus may take longer, especially if you have to go via other hotels or apartments, but it can save you a lot of money. Another option is to look at public transport options, for example, taking a train or the metro if you’re visiting a city. If you plan to hire a car, search for rates online before you go. You can use filters to choose a vehicle type and pick-up and drop-off location. Once you’ve entered the information, you’ll be presented with a list of prices for different makes and models. Booking online can save you money, and it also saves time at the airport.
Explore budget-friendly holiday options
If you’re on a budget, but you’d like to take more holidays, changing the type of break could make all the difference. If you’re used to all-inclusive beach breaks, for example, have you thought about booking a cheaper package and adding another trip in the form of camping, a city break or a road trip? By lowering the cost of your normal holiday, you can free up funds to take another break. Read reviews before you book, do some research online and ask friends, neighbours or colleagues for recommendations.
Would you like to travel more with your children? Is a lack of funds the main reason you don’t get away more? If so, there are ways to make travel more affordable and to stretch your budget further. By saving on individual trips, you can take extra breaks, enabling you to create more memories and see more of the world.