As soon as we became parents we knew we wanted to ensure our boys experienced and enjoyed our love of travel.
So when the people at Opodo asked me what tips I would give to families to save on travel, my mind was overflowing with ideas. Travel need not cost the earth; a little research really goes a long way.
It’s incredible the knowledge of the world the boys have picked up, that they could not have ever have learnt at school. Yes, school is wonderful, educating our children and giving them knowledge. But it’s not the same as seeing, smelling or feeling a place. You could never fully get your head around the Trevi Fountain unless you see it. Or comprehend that the Vatican is a city within a city, unless you are able to actually stand and put your toe over that invisible line.
To learn to say hello and thank you in several languages, wander through a locals market, whilst soaking up the atmosphere in Jamaica. Stand inside the Grand Canyon looking up at the sky or at the top of the Burj Khalifa looking down on life below. Life and travel is an education and travel is an adventure that creates so many wonderful memories.
And yes with price hikes in term time travel can be expensive. But with a little planning you can make considerable savings on traveling as a family.
We hardly ever book a package holiday, booking separately can save a fortune. Gone are the days of booking a package and knowing you have got the best deal. Yes, there are great deals to be had. But independent booking gives you the choice to choose between airlines, hotels and service providers.
Follow the resorts you want to visit and get an idea of when they release special offers. Disney always offers a free dining plan incentive at some stage throughout the year. And many cruise companies offer free drinks packages and buy one get one-half price on cruise fare’s, which offer a huge saving. For our up-coming trip to Ikos Resorts we were able to access an early booking offer and free transfers by booking direct with the resort.
Look For Free Child Places
We have accessed free child offers for cruises, Las Vegas, and many other holidays you would not normally expect at peak time. Keep your eyes open, these offers are available its just knowing where to look and doing your research.
Use a flight comparison site
Flight comparison sites can save substantial amounts of cash. And if you are flexible which airport you fly from you can save in some cases hundreds. Opodo have just published a great survey identifying the best days and months to book flight to make the greatest savings. The results of their survey show there clearly is a right time to book.
Shop for holiday clothes and toiletries all year round
Always have one eye open for holiday clothes; I pick up some real bargains this way. I generally collect clothes and toiletries throughout the year and store them in a suitcase. Sales are a great way to pick up kids essentials for a bargain. And prevents the mad panic buying rush the week before you travel. Shopping for toiletries thought the year saves that huge toiletries bill the week you go, because lets face it the cost of that can be eye watering at times.
As the main travel planner it is great to have tricks up your sleeve to ensure you make that family travel budget goes even further and gets you out there and see the world with your family. Then all you have to do is enjoy it.
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