Not every family is lucky enough to be able to afford to go on vacation. But if you can afford to go, it doesn’t mean that you always have tons of money to spend. Often you can squeeze in a family vacation, but you have to be careful what you do with the cash to make it go far. Or perhaps you have to choose between a flashy vacation close to home and a more frugal one further abroad. If you want to make sure your kids don’t miss out on some time away either this year or next, use these tips to help you budget for your next family vacation.
Find the Right Destination
Picking the best place for your trip is of course key to how much money you’ll be spending. If you’re tight on cash, you probably won’t be taking the kids to Aspen or Saint Tropez. You’ll probably stick closer to home if you want to stay on a tight budget, but you can still have plenty of fun. Even if you want to go further afield, you could save money by choosing a cheaper way to get there. Look for child-friendly destinations, so you know that there’s a better chance of family deals.
Choose Your Method of Travel
When you go away, travel can be one of your biggest expenses, next to the accommodation. The further you go, the more expensive it’s going to be. If you’re leaving the States, to Europe, for example, flying is obviously going to cost you less than catching a boat (and be much quicker). But once you arrive, you could find that there are cheaper and more efficient ways of getting around than driving. For example, many European countries have excellent public transport systems, and you can get from country to country by rail.
Look at Different Accommodation Options
When you’re travelling with the whole family, you need to find family-friendly accommodation. Unlike single people or couples, you’re unlikely to want to save money by staying in a hostel. But many hotels and resorts designed for families are very affordable, in order to attract people just like you. On Venere.com there are good deals for an hotel in Torremolinos in Spain, where you’ll find fun for all the family. Just make sure that the hotel can provide anything you require, such as high chairs or adjoining rooms. If you’re a large family, you might be able to save money by renting an apartment, instead of staying in a hotel. Of course, for rock bottom prices, you could always go camping.
Budget Your Spending Money
Unless you go for an all-inclusive deal, you’ll need to take spending money for food and other extras. But the worst thing you can do is spend indiscriminately. You should set yourself a budget for meals, activities, souvenirs and anything else that might come up. Stick to your budget, instead of just spending when you feel like it, and you’ll save yourself a lot of money.