Cheap Family Vacations
For the Frugal Lifestyle
Cheap family vacations that will keep everyone happy are a reality
for a family used to the frugal living lifestyle.
Planning ahead and spending your money wisely can still lead to a
great vacation, all you have to do is to stay away from all the tourist
money grabbing traps and to tell your children before you go that you
are all on a budget.
I find that if you let them know this before hand it causes fewer
arguments and upsets later and most kids are reasonably understanding
if you treat them as grown ups.
Here are my cheap family vacations tips to help you plan your trip
away as part of your frugal living plan:
When to travel
- If it is possible to travel during the off season then this can
save you lots of money, often these holidays are 30 to 40% cheaper.
It may mean that the kids will miss one week of school, make sure
that this won't be too disruptive and make sure that the school is
aware of your trip.
- Check with your destination when their off peak starts, this may
not necessarily coincide with other places and so you may be able
to go during their first week of their off season and not disrupt
your children's schooling.
- Make sure that when you want to travel does not coincide with any
festivals or events at your destination. This can raise prices considerably
and reduce your choices of accommodation.
Where to stay
- The all inclusive cheap family vacation is often a good choice for
families with small children, as everything is included in the price
including kids activities.
- For families with older children booking your own accommodation
directly will work out better, as you won't be paying for things you
won't be using, like a kids club.
Telephone hotels directly to see if they have any special rates
or family deals on offer. When being frugal with your vacation plans
it may mean having to take extra time to sort things out for yourself
to save in the long run.
- Home swaps - why not arrange with family or friends who live far
away to swap each other's house for a week or so.
It will still feel like a vacation and the cost of accommodation
is just reduced to paying for utilities.
- Time-shares - if you have a place you like to visit regularly for
your vacations then why not consider a share in a time-share apartment.
Top tip though is to deal directly with the owner of the apartment
and not through an agent.
- Book accommodation on the outskirts of your destination rather than
in the centre, prices will differ greatly and buying a season ticket
for your whole family can further reduce local bus fares.
Where to go
- For a cheap family vacation stay in your own country and either
drive or take a coach and avoid airfares.
Even though airfares look very cheap once you have added all the
taxes and luggage costs and insurance it can work out far more expensive
than you first thought.
- If your heart is set on one of the big family resorts like Disneyland
and your frugal living budget can't stretch to these then it is still
worth checking out any discounts they may have on offer.
Again it may be worth finding your own accommodation and travel
deals yourself rather than relying on agents.
What to eat
Eating out with the whole family all the time will cost a fortune.
Instead be frugal and:
- Always carry snacks for the kids. Cereal bars and bags of crisps
are a great way to fill them up and to steer them away from other
takeaway options available.
Cheap family vacations activities
- Always plan in advance if you can what you are going to do every
day. Remember that you do not have to do everything and the main reason
for your holiday is to enjoy spending some time together.
- Take advantage of any free activities offered. Including local play
grounds and beaches.
Make your own frugal fun activities for the kids, what about:
- Walking along the beach
- Climbing rocks
- Rock pool searching
- Shell collecting
- Flying kites
- Rounders or cricket
- Keep away from the local shops as much as possible, especially gifts
shops and arcades. Instead go to the less tourist areas of the town.
Keep your frugal living hat on even when away and your holiday won't
come back to haunt you later.