Top tips for a budget-friendly family holiday

Going on a family holiday doesn't have to put too much strain on your budget.
 
There are plenty of money saving tips, that will allow you to stretch your cash a lot further than you thought, and enjoy some quality time away with the family.
 
1. Do your research
If you want to save money when planning a family holiday, make sure you research your options. Choose a destination that doesn't have a big impact on your budget, with expensive dining and accomodation. If you're planning to go overseas, it'd be wise to pick a location with a good exchange rate, or a spot where there are lots of free activities to do.
 
2. Be flexible
Be flexible with the length of time you stay away. Escaping for a weekend can be just as good as taking a fortnight off, if you use your imagination and fill it with plenty of fun things to do. 
 
3. Travel at cheaper times
Wherever you’re travelling to, you can save money by travelling at off-peak times. Check the school holidays calendar to find the best time to travel. School holidays tend to coincide with high travel periods, but with a bit of planning you may still find a bargain.  
 
4. Save money on flights
When flying with your family, opt for a discount airline to save money. Book your plane tickets online rather than using a travel agent. Another simple saving measure is to book your seats well in advance because as your holiday draws closer, cheaper departure dates and times may no longer be available. You can also save money by flying mid-week (on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) rather than on the weekend which is the most popular time to travel.  Flights that depart early in the morning or late at night on those days are often the cheapest.
 
5. Consider transport alternatives
Instead of flying, compare the prices of taking a bus or train to your destination if possible. 
 
6. Save money on accommodation
Accommodation websites offer last minute discount deals for hotel rooms all over the world. Or, rather than staying in a hotel, save money by renting a fully-equipped holiday home or an apartment at your destination - especially for longer holidays. They offer weekly rates and in some cases the longer you stay the more money you'll shave off the rate. It also means you can cook your own meals instead of eating out all the time. 
 
7. Arrange a house-swap
Better still, arrange to house-sit or house-swap at your holiday destination if this is something you're comfortable with, and your accommodation could be completely free.
 
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