I dream of being able to take my children travelling more, showing them lots of places and hopefully giving them the travel bug. However it’s not cheap, there is so many things to pay for once you get to the destinations but you have to get there first!
So I have put together some ideas on saving money when traveling with kids to help, and every extra bit of money saved is a bonus and possibly an extra ice cream!!
This is a must. I have been so surprised when I have sat down and spent a little bit of time comparing prices. Use comparison sites to check, visit websites direct, call up travel operators and visit the travel agent. They all have their own discounts and products so you might be surprised on the difference.
I know that isn’t always easy, but try to be flexible with your timings, days and places you can travel from. It made a big difference to the costs when we last flew by changing airports to Stansted and not Gatwick or Heathrow.
I noticed a big difference on price when you flew out from one airport and flew back into a different one. This is great if you’re using public transport for your airport transfers as it doesn’t matter which airport. Not good when you’re driving to the airport though!
Think about how you are going to get to the airport. Driving will cost petrol and parking charges. However you could use public transport and let someone else do the driving for you by checking out National Express travel offers on Groupon to pick up a deal.
Check passport dates as soon as you can to make sure they are in date, the last thing you want to do is end up spending out on urgent passport renewals!
Pack light as possible, small toiletries and lightweight clothing. You don’t want to be charged extra for suitcase weight.
Think about your destination, pick somewhere that isn’t as touristy to keep the costs down. Also look at the countries who have different school holidays to ours.
Look at the things you can do whilst you’re on holiday. If the destination doesn’t have many places to visit with the kids, does the hotel have a pool? Activities to do? What do you do when it rains?
Car Parking Charges
Watch out for car parking charges. Hotels can charge for parking on site and the places you visit during the day.
We hesitated when booking our flights last time and thought we would get some more things sorted and then when we came to booking them the prices had really increased. So book in advance!
Think about self catering, being able to supply all your food works out so much cheaper. Kids love picnics so go off out on an adventure and find a perfect picnic spot. But make sure before booking there is a shop near by to pick up items.
Consider tourist cards when visiting places. When we visited Copenhagen we purchased Copenhagen cards which gave us lots of entry into attractions, free travel around the City and discounts on restaurants.
Give the kids a spending money budget for the week or each day. This way they can learn to budget, buy just what they want and when it’s gone it’s gone!
Look online for pre-purchasing tickets for attractions you’re going to visit. They usually offer discounts on tickets
I hope some of these were helpful for you and it now means you might have a few more pennies for an extra ice cream!