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Holidays can be expensive, particularly when travelling with the whole family to a popular destination. Once you have booked your transportation, travel insurance, hotels and budgeted for food, entertainment and spending – it can quickly eat up your entire holiday fund.

So, with this in mind, here are a few money saving tips for families when travelling to save those all-important dollars when booking your next family holiday.

Packages deals and special offers

Around the summer break from school and Christmas, you can find a number of special offers available for family holidays. Two-for-one deals, ‘kids go free’ and family discounts are available to it is worth shopping around online before booking your holiday. Here, the Internet is your friend and you can compare dozens of package holidays and do-it-yourself alternatives to find the best one for you and your family.

Book in advance

Most people know the year before where they are heading for their next big holiday, so get a jump on things and start looking for bargains well in advance. Like train tickets, booking your holiday early can save you a lot of cash and also gets the stressful part of your planning out of the way sooner than later. Also, if you know where you are going in advance, you can start saving early and build up a proper holiday fund in preparation for your time away.

Book last minute

As an alternative to booking way in advance, for all you easy-going types out there you can also book last minute. There are some terrific deals out there for anyone happy to travel on a whim and see where fate takes them. Through cancellations, changes to circumstances and one-day special offers, you can bag a real bargain if you’re not too fussed about where you spend your holiday. There are a number of websites online now that list available spaces on planes and in hotels, giving you quick and easy access to a fantastic last-minute deal.

Go off the beaten path

The more popular a destination is, the more expensive it can be. Therefore it is worth taking a look at some holiday locations that aren’t as widely known about. You can still find fantastic destinations filled with entertainment, sightseeing and activities if you’re willing to put a bit more effort into finding them. Ask friends, family and the Internet for suggestions and maybe you’ll discover a hidden treasure out there somewhere for your next family holiday. However, remember to make sure you organise some adequate holiday travel insurance that will cover you and your family, no matter where you end up – the last thing you want to happen is your big adventure turning into a big financial nightmare, should you run into some difficulties.

Look at alternative transportation

Flying may be considered the quickest way to get where you’re going but it might not always be the cheapest. When booking for transportation for your holiday, browse around first and see if travelling by boat, coach or train will save the pennies. You can even make your travelling part of your holiday, with scenic train routes, whale-spotting cruises and coach journeys through the countryside becoming part of your holiday experience.

  • Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • We’ve booked flights off season and saved so much money… But we are going to Europe in their winter :)

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  • Eating out in holidays and entry to attractions places are costly too. So we usually just eat simple for a couple of days and also research on places that are free to entry or have discounted prices.

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  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article; good to have handy tips for travelling.

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  • we got a price through an online booking site and rang them up to confirm the price, they said that they would do an even better deal that this discount site because they pay the site to adertise them and the more people booking direct, means the less that they have to pay the site in commissions–so they basically did us a favour and passed the savings on

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  • yeah and supermarkets for food definately! maybe get some self contained accomodation because all those takeaways will add up

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  • When we did some research before going to Perth it was cheaper to fly than go by train with a economy sleeper and a day less time getting there. Some are more expensive than others – or they were then.

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  • Thank you for sharing great tips !!

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  • Thank you for sharing a good read

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  • I never take a holiday without looking for the best deals. Some good tips there.

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  • If possible to travel out of season but sometimes hard when children are at school

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  • MMM maybe someone would like to take my children and me on a holiday. That would be nice.

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  • Booked last minute and got seven nights at a resort for the cost of one. Bargain!

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  • I found that while the kids were little and didnt have to worry about school its a brilliant idea to go away 2 or 3 weeks before school holidays start. The rates are lower and there most places and attractions are quiet.
    Some times it pays to get a holiday home rental rather then a motel as you have more space and its often much cheaper.

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  • we like to travel out of season

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