Taking time off work and spending some quality time with the family is essential when the stresses and strains of everyday life become too much.
However, not every part of going on holiday is as simple as it should be. In addition to the preparation and planning, making sure you have the finances to cover the initial expense and ensuring you take sufficient spending money are things that must be carefully considered.
Nevertheless, there are ways in which you can save money and cut the cost of a family holiday.
An all-inclusive package holiday deal can work out a lot cheaper than buying flights, accommodation, food, drink and entertainment separately. With everything paid for and organised before leaving, all you need to do is enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
It is often cheaper to book online rather than in a travel agent or from a brochure. What’s more, this will also give you the opportunity to compare deals.
Try and plan your trip in advance, as this is when package holidays are the cheapest. Make sure to you read all the small print as to what is included as well as guaranteeing that the operator is ATOL protected.
If you decide to book your holiday by yourself, a significant amount of money can be saved when it comes to flights.
Be flexible over the times and dates you wish to fly, as ticket prices will be significantly more expensive over the weekend and at peak times in the year such as Christmas, New Year and the summer holidays.
Don’t always go straight to a low-cost carrier’s website, as comparison websites will also tell you what airlines fly to your chosen destination. If you are a frequent flyer, signing up to a program that rewards this can also save you money. Mailing lists will inform you of any promotions and special deals, too.
Although we’d all love to stay in a five-star hotel, this is not always possible. There are, however, some superb alternatives to traditional hotels at a fraction of the price.
Modern youth hostels have become a great cost-effective alternative with high levels of cleanliness, furniture and fixtures on offer.
Camping a few nights of your holiday will also save you a lot of money. Children typically love outdoor adventures and are sure to enjoy sitting next to an open fire under the stars at night.
Unfortunately having an accident abroad is often unavoidable, so having the right insurance to ensure you’re protected is essential.
But don’t just accept the insurance option that your airline or car rental firm offers you, as this is usually needlessly expensive. You can purchase annual cover for a fraction of the cost – simply browse online for the best deal.
Don’t wait until you’ve got to the airport to change your money as they’ll charge a premium rate. Shop around in your town or city for the best deal.
Most banks and building societies will impose a foreign loading charge every time you use your card abroad. However, these institutions also have debit and credit cards designed specifically for use in a foreign country, with no excess charges.