If you believe it is impossible to have fun and cheap holidays with the family, then you probably have not exhausted all available resources on the matter. No, you don’t have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars just to get that dream vacation. With a little bit of planning, a whole lot of effort and determination and the following tactics, you are bound to make the time you spend together abroad meaningful and exciting for your kids.
a. Always be on the lookout for special vacation deals. Sign up for newsletters and alerts from vacation websites so you could play around with different vacation plans for the family ahead of time. There are plenty of resources out there you can refer to for cheap holidays packages and you don’t really have to pay any fees or sign any waivers to get access to them. Getting information is the first step to executing the most memorable excursions. And nothing helps you stay on budget better than vacation packages from trustworthy travel companies. You could also watch out for special announcements on the television and radio. There may be contests and promotions you can join so you can travel for free with the family.
b. See to it that you travel during off-peak seasons. It may be convenient but avoid making travel plans during school breaks and at the end of the year; otherwise, you may be faced with outrageous flight and hotel accommodation expenses. Go for dates that have less demand so that the fees are less costly. Besides, you wouldn’t want to be in a foreign place, crowded with tourists, while dragging along your young children. Now, if your concern is their school time being cut off, take advantage of in between no-class holidays like the 4th of July that are near weekends so you could get them off schoolwork without harming their academic standing.
c. Study where you are to go and what your family can do in your destination so you avoid wasting time as well as money. There are a number of references you can check out online, from prices to schedules, facilities and routes, so you can plan a budget-friendly and stimulating itinerary ahead of time. Planning gives you a sense of control over how much you are likely to spend for an activity. And it gives you a chance to keep your expenses to a minimum since you can compare worth of options and not be forced into making a decision right away. Just take food for example. When you plot out where you are to eat for the next three days with your family, instead of randomly choosing any restaurant within the vicinity of your hotel, you don’t necessarily end up spending as much for a delicious dining experience. The same goes when you want to site-see or shop.
Cheap holidays are no longer a dream for families of four or six, locally or abroad. If you just go about smartly and save intently, you won’t have to go on years without getting your children the cultural exposure their young minds need.