Mummy says….Travelling is not our household’s biggest expense, but I do admit that it’s the expense I care the most about because we LOVE travelling. I love all the planning and scheduling, our family holidays are an investment of my time and emotions as much as money. I have some great tips to help you book your family holiday and save….
Remember that children grow up very fast and the moment when your children will not want to go anywhere with you is getting closer and closer every single day. Now is the time to make holiday memories for your kids, organise some crazy schedules and have fun!
We have the best time on our holidays which is why my 21 year old still actually wants to travel with us! Well, at least for another year.
Decide where to go
First, you should decide where you want to go. There are plenty of ways to do that, and you can include your children in planning – they will love it!
A great game at Christmas time is to get a globe (or map) to pick out the best places to visit. Rotate it, close your eyes, start counting and on THREE everyone puts their finger on the globe (or circle your arm above the map then point). You can talk about the destinations and learn more about them, even if you don’t end up visiting Zambia or Australia!
Choose the right time and save money
Choosing the right time for travelling is usually an excellent way to save a lot of money. If you choose the best time to book a hotel you can save even up to 55% on early bookings. You could visit popular and very expensive destinations during off-season or during shoulder season (the time between peak and off-peak).
In Greece, for example, the shoulder seasons are May and September generally, but for islands such as Santorini or Mykonos, it is November too. Or, if your children dream about Disneyland Paris (as mine do), the best time to visit is during the school year. Choosing a long weekend and making the most of inset days and our half terms are a great option.
Another option is to travel in October, but be aware that it could be a tricky time of year for weather in the Mediterranean. If you decide to organise your family holiday at this time, you could consider the Canaries or Morocco.
How to get there
For us, one of the best ways is to get in the car and just go. This gives us a great opportunity to avoid a strict timetable and see so many things on the way. This may not suit everyone, especially if you travel with a baby or really small children. Travelling by car can be pretty strenuous and boring for them.
In many cases the best choice for a family is flying. The cheapest way is to fly during less desirable times such as midweek, late at night or early in the morning. Considering an indirect flight may not be the best option when you travel with children, but the savings may be worth it.
When booking online, check more sites and take advantage of the feature called flexible-travel- date search. They let you compare fares for dates.
Choosing the right accommodation is essential
Regardless of whether you travel alone, with your partner and especially with your family, a beach hotel is a great choice.
Dragging everything to the beach from your accommodation half an hour away is never relaxing!
Imagine waking up with the sea in front of your eyes and drinking the first morning coffee with the smell of salt water and sun cream. Not to mention that going to sleep with gentle sounds of waves in background is absolutely heaven!
A perfect option to save money and have some more space is to rent a house or villa. You could share with grandparents or really good friends to save even more.
Try something new
Take advantage of any special offers for beach club holidays around. They can offer water sports, cycling, island excursions and so much more.
Make your little children happy by finding an awesome kids club to entertain them. Many of these clubs are free and run seven days a week so you can get some precious me-time!
Just imagine that your children can try new things and meet lots of new friends under
Don’t forget to check if you need to pre-book your places even they are free and inclusive.
Always compare holiday prices in high street travel agents and online, and remember it is never to early to book! Have you been thinking about next years summer holiday yet?