When it comes to family holidays, we want to make sure they’re something to remember – a treasured memory that we’ll all look back on with full hearts.
However, there can also be a lot of stress and worry when it comes to booking them, especially when it comes to finances.
So how do you enjoy a budget-friendly holiday without cutting any corners?
Make a Budget and Stick to It
Before you even start shopping around for the latest deals, figure out what budget you have. This should include flights, accommodation, spending money, airport car parking and any other expenses you may encounter.
Having this in place from the get-go helps you avoid any urges or temptations to book something that’s out of your budget (i.e. that 5-star holiday in the Maldives).
Set search filters before you start browsing through your holidays so you can see exactly what you’ll get for your money.
Shop Around and Don’t Be Afraid to Haggle
Now that you have your budget in mind, start looking at package holidays as well as DIY options to see where you can get the most value for your money. Often, package holidays will include great discounts but if you don’t want to be pushed into flying on certain days or staying in specific places, you may want to try the DIY route.
If you can be flexible, DIY routes can often save you money because you can fly outside of peak times.
Choose Self-Catered Accommodation
Food bills can often be where your budget takes a huge hammering, particularly if you’re staying in accommodation that doesn’t offer any catering facilities. Eating out all day every day can get incredibly expensive. And you may even find that you’re spending more than you thought in all-inclusive resorts because you’re upgrading meal options or are venturing out of the hotel for something else to eat.
Self-catered accommodation, however, can give you the flexibility and affordability you need. Look at companies like Villa Plus for cheaper options, especially if you’re travelling with a larger group.
This type of accommodation allows you to save food by cooking your own some nights and taking advantage of the local supermarkets’ cheaper prices.
Avoid Unnecessary Add-ons
Now that you’ve found the perfect accommodation, flight times and transfers (and all within your budget), you’ll probably find that you’re faced with even more options for your holiday. From travel insurance to priority boarding and food on the plane to car hire, these add-ons are how many operators make their money. So, rather than being tempted by what seems like a good deal, consider whether you really need it or whether you could get it cheaper elsewhere.
Throughout this entire search, comparison sites will be your friend as they’ll help pinpoint the best deals and may put you in touch with a company you hadn’t thought of before.
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