How to Have an Affordable Family Holiday

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Travelling as a family can be as tricky as it is rewarding. It not only requires many compromises to ensure everyone gets to enjoy their preferred activities, but also takes a well-managed budget to prevent costs from spiralling. If you and your family are beginning to plan your next holiday and are wondering how to keep costs low while still having plenty of fun, here are a few tips to find the best holiday deal.


1. Book in Advance

On rare occasions you can find fantastic last minute offers on trips away, but when you’re travelling as a family you’re far better off planning in advance. Reserving your hotel rooms and flights a few months before departure will help you get the best price, and give you plenty of time to continue saving for your daily holiday budget.

2. Create a Daily Budget

Holidays tend to have two major costs: the initial cost of purchasing flights and hotel rooms, and the daily cost of activities, events, food, etc. It is easy to forget that your daily budget is just as important as your up-front costs, and many holidayers get swept away in the moment, spending far beyond what they’d initially thought they would. By researching the basic costs of things like meals at restaurants, amusement parks, or museums, you can easily set and stick to a daily budget. Alternatively, you could…

3. Consider an All-Inclusive Resort

The stresses of having to organize all of your daily and stick to a budget can weigh on you over your holiday. An all-inclusive holiday relieves this stress as it includes your food, drink, as well as entry to pools, game halls, gyms, and water parks. By going all inclusive you don’t have to worry of having to face a huge bill at the end of your trip.


4. Rent a Self-Catering Property

All inclusives can help you save money by lumping all general costs into one discounted sum, but a self-catering holiday can also help you save money by allowing you to control your own food budget. For a family, self-catering properties not only provide you with the opportunity to cook for yourself and live like a local, but also provide your family with a little more privacy than a hotel or resort.

5. Travel Off-Season

Another great way to save money when travelling as a family is to head to destinations that are off peak season. This doesn’t mean that you need to miss out completely on what makes a destination memorable, but simply that you will avoid the premium prices and crowds. For example, if the general recommendation for a beach destination is to go in July or August, then consider June or September; on the other hand, if the best skiing conditions for a winter holiday spot are in January and February, then consider going in December or March.

The main thing to remember is not to stress about planning your family holiday, just follow these easy steps and everyone is certain to have a holiday worth remembering!

Images by Kiran Foster & Phalinn Ooi used under Creative Commons Licence


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Cette année c’est décidé on prend nos billets tôt pour la France l’an prochain (avant que Tempête ait deux ans)