Thursday, 30 January 2020

How to Save Money on your Family Travel


{This is a collaborative post}

Family travel! It can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences. Unfortunately, it can also cost a lot of money, making it tough for many families to travel as much as they would like. The good news, however, is that there are some strategies you can use to travel without busting your budget. Keep reading to find out what they are -

1.  Compare prices
The great thing about booking holidays these days is that it can all be done online. The advantage of booking online is that you can compare you break with similar ones to check that you are getting the lowest price possible. However, doing so isn't quite as easy as when you are purchasing a physical product. The reason being that what vacations include and how they are displayed can often be quite different from provider to provider. 

You may have also noticed that the low price you discover when first visiting the site fluctuates and even goes up daily. Although, searching again via a VPN, using an incognito page or after clearing your computer's cookies should take care of that particular problem, and you won't end up with overinflated prices.

2.  Use exclusive offers run by tour operators
Utilising the special offers that tour operators run can be very beneficial, many operators offer particular deals for families with younger children, such as free or half-price child places. These kind of deals that can save you a significant amount of money, especially if you have a brood that is on the larger side. But remember to book early, to bag them, as there is normally a limit number of spaces available. 

3.  Use vouchers and coupons
Another tactic you can use to bring the overall cost of your family holiday down is finding vouchers and discount codes. Many people are not aware that codes like the ones you can find on sites such as netvouchercodes.co.uk can be used against purchases like holidays. Sadly, that means they are missing out on some serious savings, including percentage reductions and amounts off the original price. 

The silly thing is that finding the vouchers that apply to the break you want is really easy, as they tend to be listed by holiday provider. You get searching now!

5.  Stay domestic
Travel doesn't always have to be international for it to be fun. Actually, as this post at mirror.co.uk suggests, exploring the country in which you live can be exciting and enlightening for the family as well. Of course, the primary advantage of this is that you won't need to factor in the costs of international flights, something that means you could make a hefty saving. 

However, if you want to make really good savings, it is worthwhile booking cheaper, self-catering accommodation such as an Airbnb, rather than staying in a hotel. Otherwise, you may not end up making the savings you would like, as popular destinations like London and Cornwall can have extortionate prices in the summer holidays particularly.  


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6.  Book at the right time
When you book your family break can have as significant an impact on the cost, as where you choose to go. This is because the travel industry tends to offer its lowest prices for flights or accommodation when the dates are first released. A situation that is motivated by their desire to get as many bookings as early as possible. Whereas, of course, when they are almost full, they start to charge a premium for those seats or beds. 

Now, it is worth mentioning that not every agent or travel business follows this pattern of yield management, and some still work on traditional peak times throughout the year. However, it is usually possible to get a better discount as the dates release, rather than later on in the year, closer to the time of departure. 

That is until you get very close to the date of the holiday, or flight. Then, there is often another opportunity to grab a bargain if they have a glut of availability. The reason being that travel companies start to worry that the seats or rooms will go unfilled. To that end, many offer ‘last-minute deals’ a topic you can read more about at which.co.uk. These tend to include tremendous savings for families if you manage to secure one. 

7.  Book separately
It may also be possible to make a saving on your next family break by taking things into your own hands and booking each part separately. Yes, doing so will involve considerably more work than going through an operator that offers a door-to-door service.

However, you may well find that the savings justify this extra effort. In fact, with apps like Skyscanner, you may find that working out the individual parts is more doable than you first thought. Just be aware that if you book separately rather than via a tour operator for a package that you won't be ATOL protected and if one of more of the businesses you have booked with go bust, then you're vulnerable.

8.  Consider all your costs
Finally, when it comes to keeping the costs of your family holiday down, you must consider all of the expenses involved. After all, getting a bargain flight is all very well and good. Still, if you have to get an expensive train or taxi to a faraway airport to catch it, you may not be making any genuine savings at all. 

Additionally, be sure to factor in the cost of keeping your whole family fed and watered throughout the trip, and of course, they'll want snacks and ice creams as well. In fact, as this post at express.co.uk discusses, it is the cumulative cost of these kind of small buys, on top of the price of flights and accommodation that often leads families to choose all-inclusive options. The reason being that while they seem expensive at the time of booking, they can actually end up costing much less in total. 


Summary 
In summary, there are several ways you can save money while travelling as a family, from staying in your country of residence to using special offers and vouchers. Additionally, you can plan when to book your breaks to get the best prices, you may even wish to book each part separately to save. 

Finally, do not forget that you can make some significant savings by taking the time to compare the prices on offer, and be sure to factor in all of the costs involved in your trip. Otherwise, you may end up with some unexpected expenditure to deal with. 

However you decide to book, I hope you have amazing fun and make memories that last a lifetime. After all, that's why we go on holiday!




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