Traveling and being frugal don’t really go together, right? Wrong! It may not seem like it, but there are many ways to book a budget holiday. All it takes is some careful planning. You could even be surprised with where you end up if you plan your budget and holiday thoroughly! To help you make the most of traveling with your family on a budget, here are some of my useful tips.
Plan Your Budget Carefully
Before you even think about where you want to go, you need to work out how much money you have to spend on your trip. To do this, sit down with your partner and create a budget from now until you go away. Take a look at all your expected incomes and expenses and use those figures to see how much money you can save each month. Once you have an idea of how much money you can put towards your trip, you can move onto the next important step: planning!
Plan Your Holiday Thoroughly
One of the best ways to save money when booking a vacation is to book well in advance. This way you will find lots of great deals and offers. If you wait until the last minute to book, you could end up paying more than you had anticipated. During the planning stages, use your budget to figure out where you can afford to go. Only book somewhere once you are completely sure you can afford it. Take a look at things you can see and do at your destination. Even if travel and accommodation are fairly cheap, expensive activities might put it out of your price range.
Cheap Accommodation And Travel
There is no point looking at hotels or flights that are out of your price range. When you are looking for flights, see if there are any budget airlines that fly to your chosen destination. One thing to bear in mind is that it could even be cheaper to holiday in your home country and enjoy a staycation. There are many websites that now offer very cheap hotel deals. Hotwire deals are popular with many travelers these days. You should also consider staying in self-catering accommodation. This way, you will be able to cook for yourself during your trip so you won’t have to eat out for every meal.
Don’t Travel During School Holidays
If your kids aren’t in school yet, find out when the school holidays are so that you don’t book a holiday during them. Many hotels raise their prices while the kids are off as they know many families will be traveling during these periods. If you kids are at school, see if your teachers will let them have a week off school for their holiday. Many schools are okay with this if you take some work for your children to do during the trip. However, it is always best to check in advance before you book anything.
Hopefully, this guide will have given you lots of useful information for budget travel!