A family holiday is probably one of the biggest family expenses after the mortgage or rent. There are many advantages to travel and for many of us, it is the highlight of a year. There are some super easy money-saving travel hacks that will help you save money on this big spend each year. All it takes is a little planning and you can make some great savings.
Before you even think about booking your holiday research where you want to go. Location can affect the cost of a holiday dramatically and there are expensive and more value for money resorts depending on your budget. For example, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Tunisia are cheaper than visiting Italy or the Canaries Islands.
Secondly, you can still great some fantastic deals by booking last minute family holidays. Becoming a member with Voyage Prive is a great way to ensure you get the best deals on your last minute holidays. You can even save in popular resorts like Tenerife which we have enjoyed previously. Tenerife is such a family favourite Lee and Dylan are heading there for a week at the end of July. They are having a boys week away to kick off the summer holidays after GCSE exams are done and dusted! This beautiful island is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and enjoys worldwide renown as an affordable holiday destination. Tenerife is a Spanish territory just off the coast of Africa, giving a great combination of Spanish culture and African climate. The island plays host to several resorts, most of which are located on the warmer, dryer south coast. You’ll find a mixture of locales and atmospheres; you can party in Playa de Las Americas, relax in Los Christianos or sample the shopping in Costa Adeje. All these resorts boast fun nightlife with excellent restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy the warm evenings with delicious Spanish cuisine. For those who prefer the beach life, Tenerife has both its signature volcanic black sands and golden beaches imported from the Sahara. It really makes for a lovely family holiday.
Thirdly book car parking in advance, never just turn up unless you want to pay premium rates we have used Holiday Extras they take the hassle so you take the holiday. Holiday extras offer airport parking and hotels before travel for good rates.
If you plan on eating at the airport consider an airport lounge as they have snack and drinks included in the price. We all know food places are expensive at airports and we have actually fared better using airport lounges that we have prebooked. It is also a real treat to sit quietly in a lounge away from the hustle and bustle of a busy airport.
Check your school dates really carefully. We all know you risk a fine if you take your child out of school but check when inset days and term dates finish. Different areas have different term dates you may get lucky especially if you can catch the flight from a regional airport when they are still on term time. I benefited by taking Chloe for a post GCSE break before the rest of the schools broke up. I got us a 5* holiday for two, fully inclusive for under 1K, the same break costs well over 1K per person just a few weeks later! This year Dylan and Lee are jetting off the day before many schools finish for the summer as they are taking advantage of a inset day. This saves lots of money as even a week later the prices jump right up.
Next consider whether fully inclusive will really work for you. For those with young children fully inclusive may seem convenient but it is expensive if children don’t eat or drink much. For those with older children and teenagers it may be a good option as they eat all day!
Finally, you don’t need to go abroad to have a holiday. We have had a couple of wonderful breaks in the UK recently including Hawkchurch Spa and Resort and also Waterside Holiday Park in Weymouth.
What do you think? How else can you save money on travelling?