Apart from Christmas, organising a family holiday is definitely one of the biggest expenses of the year. When you factor in travelling costs, accommodation and spending money, the price can start to rise very quickly.
However, by being savvy, creative and prepared you can stay within a tight budget.
1. Compare package vs DIY booking
Before you book, discuss your plans with a travel agent and then have a look to see how expensive it would be if you did it on your own. You may notice a huge difference between booking a package holiday compared to going online and booking things separately.
2. Go self-catering
While it might seem more expensive to rent an apartment or house, you save yourself a fortune on buying breakfast, lunch and dinner for the kids. Simply do a big shop at the start of the holiday and you’ll notice a significant difference in the amount of money you spend on food.
3. Use public transport
While it is a lot easier to hop in a taxi upon arrival, check out the public transport routes before you get there. You will save yourself a lot of money and get to see so much more of the place if you catch a bus or train.
4. Stay outside of city
For convenience sake, many families opt to stay right in the city or in a popular location. And while this certainly does make things a lot more relaxing you will notice the price steadily begin to increase. Instead, stay in a nearby town or rent just outside the city – you will experience so much more of the local culture this way.
5. Stick to the markets
If you do want to pick up a few souvenirs make sure you stick to the markets and avoid souvenir shops like the plague! You will pick up things a lot cheaper and you are sure to find something more unique.
Walk as much as possible – you will soak up a lot more of the area that way and save yourself a penny or two.