5 Money Saving Tips When Traveling As A Family

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.

5 Money Saving Tips When Traveling As A Family

5 Money Saving Tips When Traveling As A Family

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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.

Book Separately 

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.

Be Prepared

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.

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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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5 Money Saving Tips When Traveling As A Family

62 Comments

  1. 27th January 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Great tips. We have booked separate a few times now and save quite a bit. We also wait for the sales and pick up our clothes.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      29th January 2017 / 9:49 pm

      It can save a fortune cant it Sam xx

  2. 29th January 2017 / 7:54 pm

    We too have not booked a package holiday since 2011 which was the first year we went to Florida. Booking separately the following year meant we saved £1000, and I have not booked a package holiday since. Good tip about picking up clothes and toiletries all year round x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      29th January 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks Tracey, I know I cant believe the savings you can make its incredible x

  3. 30th January 2017 / 7:49 am

    Great tips – we are just booking our round the world trip and there are great deals to be had – shopping around is definitely the key! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Wow that will be incredible, what a trip. x

  4. 30th January 2017 / 8:58 am

    Great tips! We always book tickets and accommodation separately. Another tip is to book your accommodation when you arrive at the location. We usually book a place to stay for a night or 2 and then shop around. So much more choice for better prices! Depending on where and when you’re going of course… #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Ooh Lisa thats a great tip thank you x

  5. 30th January 2017 / 9:38 am

    Some really great tips here. We love travelling and we have found that going on holiday in the winter is another great way of saving money. We tend to go on cruises at the moment as they are family friendly and we get to travel. Like you suggest I watch the website, and I now know to either book as soon as a cruise goes live or very last moment (if my nerves can take it). We then arrange our own excursions off the boat as this is more cost effective, and we sign up to cruise chatrooms as they often have links to good excursion companies or ideas for trips you can do on your own. We have booked our next holiday which will be at Christmas and we booked that last May! Since then the holiday has gone up lots in price and we would not be able to afford it now! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Emma we love cruising and I agree about the excursions you can do them so much cheaper sometimes, some arranged trips are worth doing, some are worth venturing out by yourself x

  6. 30th January 2017 / 10:15 am

    Great tip about buying clothes all year round. I learnt my lesson the year my son started school. Because he wore his uniform so much, I didn’t buy him many clothes and we ended up, two days before the summer holiday, with only a handful of holey t-shirs in his wardrobe! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      1st February 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Yes and then you are rushing around like a mad woman shopping, never again x

  7. 30th January 2017 / 11:08 am

    We’re finding out another reason to book separately. Half of our family may have to cancel a trip and it’s so easy if it’s all booked separately. You don’t lose out too badly financially either. This had never crossed my mind before.
    #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Yes thats a great point, generally there are little or no cancelation charges x

  8. 30th January 2017 / 11:37 am

    Booking separately can save so much. I’m trying this right now after finding it as a package holiday on a popular travel website. And I love finding holiday bargains all year round, you can find so much in winter! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Yes you can and I too feel it is like a personal challenge to get a great deal x

  9. 30th January 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Booking separately is definitely the best tip! I never use travel agencies or package deals as I generally find them to actually be way more than booking my own hotels and flights. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:43 pm

      I so agree it can cost so much more that way x

  10. 30th January 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Great tips! I especially like how you buy clothes all year round. I rarely buy clothes at full price, especially for the kids. They’re still so little so they outgrow clothes really quickly. So I shop the bargain aisle for the next size unless there’s a sale or I have a coupon. I store all the bigger sizes in a box until they outgrow their current size and then swap it for the new size. It works great for us. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:43 pm

      I do that too, I have a suitcase of clothes all with labels on that were fab bargains for Joe x

  11. 30th January 2017 / 1:06 pm

    We booked our own thing last year for the first time and were surprised how easy it was #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Fiona its surprisingly easy and saves a fortune x

  12. 30th January 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Great tips. I always book my own things as I’m a bit sad and think that the planning is part of the holiday too! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Jo I am exactly the same the planning is a large part of the trip for me x

  13. 30th January 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Totally agree with you about booking separately. I was big on my package deals until I realised some of the offers you can get via a hotel if you just do a bit of research, #Mondayesacapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Yes some hotels have some wonderful deals as they want you to book direct with them x

  14. 30th January 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Great tips , would definitely agree with you on the book separately , especially if you need to fly from Scotland ! Also love the tips about picking up holiday clothes and toiletries year round -that is always an extra expense , makes sense to get it as you go. Great photo’s on this post too !

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Yes and then its a nice surprise when you are working out what you need to buy and actually dont need much x

  15. 30th January 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Will be pinning this for later. Can’t wait to take my baby to Disneyland when he’s old enough. Will definitely look out for those sales in the future. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Oh I remember our first family trip to WDW it was magical x

  16. 30th January 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I do avoid booking packages, too. I find you can do better when managing each item separately. I hadn’t thought to buy toiletries and clothes as you see sales – what a great idea! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Yes booking all the separate elements can save so much, its great when it makes your money go that bit further x

  17. 30th January 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I love the idea of sharing travel with children and teaching them so much about the world! I look forward to one day having kids and needing these money saving tips. Thanks!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Yes its such a wonderful gift to give your children isn’t it x

  18. 30th January 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Great tips! I always book separately and I also stock up on toiletries throughout the year! I have quite a lot of shampoo at the moment!! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Tracey its great to always be easy for that next trip isn’t it?x

  19. 30th January 2017 / 7:56 pm

    With 3 kids, and 2 teens, it’s harder and harder to save – but booking direct (and then getting the travel agent to price match) seems to be the way to go. We also usually fly budget airlines. Looking at Europe later this year, a lot of hotels won’t let us have 3 in a room!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Yes it gets harder as they get older when you need 2 rooms!

  20. 30th January 2017 / 9:42 pm

    My husband and I love Vegas but have only been as a couple. Good to know we might get some good deals with the children when we decide to go back, laura

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:01 pm

      Out 2 loved it, I know Vegas is fundamentally an adults place but actually there is loads for families too x

  21. 30th January 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Nice tips, and the toiletries one is key but rarely implemented by me! I need to keep that in mind bc I am always in a mad panic rush! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Ha ha it makes life so much easier I just add 1 or 2 items to my shopping a week x

  22. 31st January 2017 / 1:47 am

    I am glad you are teaching your kids about the world thought travel.. Like you mentioned, the lessons coming from that aspect are invaluable. I use flight comparison sites and I have noticed they work for hotels and car rentals too. Plus, I agree on searching for free things to do. After all, we are on century were travel have been democratized in certain ways. A lot of things have been made accessible (or free) to the masses. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Yes there are so many deals out there Ruth, its just finding them x

  23. 31st January 2017 / 2:05 am

    Yes, always book separately or at least compare prices before you book to make sure you’re getting the best deal. My mom and I use a tour group sometimes that have pretty comparable prices, but we never book flights through them because that’s where they’re apparently getting you. #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Yes flight prices can be so variable cant they, the way prices fluctuate day to day drives me mad x

  24. 31st January 2017 / 11:12 am

    Really good tips I’ve never actually thought of buying toiletries all year round, I should totally do that!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Yes it also means you are always ready for a trip x

  25. 31st January 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Some great tips there. Definitely don’t book package holidays – I can’t believe the costs when we do it so much cheaper – and that’s travelling with 10 or 11 of our children! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Gosh I bet it costs a small fortune x

  26. 1st February 2017 / 6:51 am

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!! I’ve just started using flight comparison websites, they’re fab!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:12 pm

      I know they are aren’t they you can safe quite a bit x

  27. 1st February 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Great, common sense tips here. Totally agree about Flight Comparison sights as they’re great if you have some flexility in dates as well and not just for budget airlines either. Just goes to show a little planning can really pay off in the long run. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Yes David its all in the planning isn’t it, its amazing the difference in cost it can make?

  28. 1st February 2017 / 8:28 pm

    What great tips- we are looking at Disney Paris at Christmas so will check out the savings to be had if we book separately xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st February 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Oh I would love the visit at Christmas I bet it is magical, I would most certainly look and book direct with Disney they generally offer some great deals x

  29. 2nd February 2017 / 2:55 am

    My parents took us traveling when we are still in diapers. One of many things I am grateful my parents did. I am so much more adventurous because of it.

    Great money saving tips! I love the one about purchasing toiletries through out the year.

    Kimberly
    #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th February 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks Kimberly, I think travel is the best gift you can give to child so much better than material things x

  30. 9th February 2017 / 6:54 am

    Brilliant tips Sarah. I really need to start buying things throughout the year to take advantage of the sales and spread the cost. I think free child places will become a lot more important to us too very soon. Tin Box Baby is on the cusp of paying full airfares – eek! #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th February 2017 / 7:54 pm

      It costs a fortune doesn’t it, Jack is only 16 yet now counts as an adult grr x

  31. 26th February 2017 / 10:29 am

    Great tips. We’re always on the look out for holiday gear year round. I literally got back from skiing in Italy yesterday but I’ll be looking for new skis when the season ends in a few weeks because they’ll be cheaper. Sorry my comment is a little late. #mondayescapes

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