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Planning Budget Family Vacations?

Tips for Saving Money on a Trip

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Family travel doesn't have to break the bank. Exciting budget family vacations are possible in most destinations around the world. Use these family vacation money saving tips below to plan a wonderful trip with your kids.

  • Consider the total cost of the trip when choosing a destination. For example the flights to Asia may be expensive but there are many budget friendly Asian countries with cheap accommodations, sightseeing and dining.


  • When booking flights check the total price for the adults and kids when comparing prices as some charter flights do not give a child discount. It may end up being cheaper to pay a higher adult fare if the kids are getting a discount.


  • See if you can book an open jaw ticket where you fly into one city and out of another. This way you can see 2 destinations and you only need to pay to travel one way.


  • Travel during the low season or shoulder season to get deeply discounted prices on hotels. 


  • If you are booking a budget family vacation package look for deals where the kids stay free. Early bird or last minute travel specials can save you a lot of money.


  • You can save a lot of money by skimping on accommodations. Look for somewhere that is affordable, clean and safe so you can spend more money on sightseeing and activities.


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  • Hostels often have low cost family rooms with private bathrooms and can be a fun economical place to stay.


  • Stay in a holiday apartment or hotel room with a kitchenette so you can save money by cooking some meals.


  • Do some groceries at your destination to save some money. Look for a hotel room with a fridge so you can stock up on drinks and snacks. Breakfast can easily be made with fresh fruits, baked goods or cereal.


  • Eat where the locals eat. Food is often tastier and much cheaper then in restaurants geared for tourists.


  • Consider your transportation costs when picking a hotel. Look for somewhere centrally located with lots to do within walking distance or somewhere close to public transport.


  • It is often cheaper to hire a taxi for your family for the day and a lot more flexible rather than doing organized tours.


  • Look for activities that are free for the kids or give a child's discount. Some cities offer free museum entrances on certain days. Check if there is any combination ticket packages that give you entrance to multiple sites for a lower rate.


  • Check out the local parks for a free or low cost activity. Your kids will have a blast making new friends and trying out the playground equipment.


  • Book overnight flights or train travel to save the cost of a nights hotel.


  • Bring all your toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, bug spray from home. If you forget to pack these you may have to pay the expensive resort or hotel pricing.


  • Pick up dinner and bring it back to the hotel. Save money on drinks (buy at a grocery store) and tips. 


  • Avoid expensive room service or mini bar.

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