Tigerlilly Quinn: How to save on your next family holiday

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How to save on your next family holiday


Tom and I last took a proper holiday roughly three years ago, it was for valentines and we went for a city break to Barcelona. It was just perfect. Little did we know that was the last time we would go abroad for a while! Since Wilf has come along we've taken a family holiday down to Devon with Tom's family but have yet to take a real holiday jut the three of us. 

Over Christmas however I finally got it together to apply for Wilf's passport and I'm really hoping 2014 will be year we get to go away. Holidays are expensive but there are many ways in which you can cut down these costs. These suggestions will help you reduce the cost of your next holiday.

Research
A little research can go a long way to keeping your costs down. Check out several destinations to see how they compare price wise. Take a look at the cost of transport and accommodation and also check the price of local restaurants and attractions (many places have free attractions – London’s museums, for example). If you aren’t keen on flying (read, completely and utterly terrified of flying!) but want to travel abroad, the Eurostar can also be a good option.  Also, remember that the further you go, the higher your travelling expenses will be, and you don’t have to go abroad to have a good holiday.  

Timing
You can save quite a bit by travelling at off peak times. During school holiday periods, you should expect to pay a lot more than during other times, so if you can take your holiday during school time; you will also find your destination less crowded. If you check around, you’ll probably be able to find good off peak deals from airlines and providers of accommodation.
If you are planning to fly, the day of the week can affect the price; mid-week prices tend to be lower than those at the weekend. Prices also vary with the time of day; very often, early morning or late evening departures are cheaper than flights at other times.

Book early
When you have decided on your holiday time and destination, it’s generally best to try to book as early as possible. This will give you time to hunt around for the best deals and the opportunity to take advantage of early booking offers. You will also stand a much greater chance of getting the bookings that you want rather than having to make do with second best.

Use the Internet
The Internet is a blessing for travellers. You can check which airline has the cheapest flights to your destination, rather than being at the mercy of travel agents and you’ll also find that booking online is usually cheaper than going through an agent.
It’s the same with accommodation. You’ll be able to look at all the options at your destination and choose which suits you best and generally you’ll be able to find some good discounts. And, you’ll be able to contact the hotel directly yourself to see if they will give you an even better discount.
The Internet will also allow you to have a look at what other people have said about the airlines and accommodation that you are considering. 

Self-catering
A big part of the family holiday budget goes on food and drink. The cost of regular restaurant dining for a family quickly mounts up, so you should consider self-catering. Even if your hotel has no cooking facilities you can still cut costs by making your own breakfast – cereal, milk and bread need no cooking. Or, if your hotel has a buffet breakfast, eat well so that you need less at lunchtime.

Passes

For local travel, find out if you can buy travel passes; they are often much cheaper than paying for individual journeys and are much more convenient. Also, you may be able to buy passes that offer access to multiple attractions at a discount. These are fine but check the price of each attraction you plan to visit first - you may not want to go to all those included in the pass, so it may prove more expensive than individual entry. Check, too, if there are any discounted family tickets available.

Do you have any tips for keeping the costs down on planning a holiday?

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22 comments:

Katherine said...

Even if your child is under 5 and therefore doesn't pay on the train, it can often be cheaper to get a family railcard and pay for them as the discount you get makes it cheaper than your normal full fare ticket, if that makes sense. You even save on short journeys, my return for a day trip to Edinburgh is £7.20, but using the railcard and buying a ticket for both Bagl and I, it's £6.10. Plus it means on long journeys you can reserve a seat for your child, which is very helpful. That's my top tip!

Attachment Mummy said...

Freesia bouquet

fritha strickland said...

YES! this is a great tip, we do this too! I try to explain it to other people and they always say 'yes but they're free until 5' it always take me a few times of saying it before people understand ha! Such a great tip! x

Emily said...

You look gorgeous! I feel your pain about the lack of light. I hate using the flash.

Mia D Clarke said...

Summer Days

Emma Smith said...

Great tips. I definitely think it pays to shop around. What did we do before the internet hey?

NewMumOnline said...

Talk about Slim Jim - wow. Yes the photos are grainy but it makes them look retro or something like that. No makeup? Would NEVER have guessed if you hadn't said. All looks GREAT x

MummyNeverSleeps said...

Well despite all the dying technology, you still look bloody gorgeous Fritha! *wink*

Mary Chez said...

Amazonia

Anna said...

you look great as always. hope you sort your problem with all the devices! I need new boots too so might have a browse

Mrs Chasing the Donkey said...

Are you sure you are not wearing makeup? I am a huge fan of stripes so I love that sweater!

Laura Jayne Bates said...

fairytale love

rakhshanda said...

Love the cardigan <3 Great outfit!!

http://rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.blogspot.in/

missingsleep said...

Reflection looks nice :) x

AliThorpe said...

I like the Bali Hai bouquet.

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

On our honeymoon, I snuck a few extra bits from the hotel's breakfast buffet into my bag for picnic lunches!

Sara said...

I'd get the Mrs Tracy Klein bouquet. :)
http://www.serenataflowers.com/product.asp?prod=105741&refpage=Home_Page&position=pos32

Emma L said...

Dreamland looks lovely, would match my new flat.

Jennifer Rhymer said...

I would get Beautiful Smile - They are gorgeous and what a lovely name for a bouquet :)

Gemma Snell said...

Strawberry Sundae :) it's beautiful xx

fritha strickland said...

haha! brillant! x

fritha strickland said...

I know right! x

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