Are you hoping to jet off to somewhere sunny this summer with the kids in tow for a fun and relaxing family break? However, despite being excited about the concept of actually taking a family break, you are also feeling a little stressed out due to the high cost that can come with family getaways, particularly during the summer months when school is out.
The good news is that although family travel can be expensive, it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are smart about how you go about planning your trip, you can significantly reduce the cost that comes with it, making family travel much more affordable and budget-friendly. For everything that you need to know to do that, read on.
Go self-catered or all-inclusive
When it comes to cutting family travel costs, you have two options. One is to choose self-catered accommodation so that you can cook for yourself. Two is to choose all-inclusive, so that the cost of your trip includes all food and drink, from breakfast and lunch to dinner and even snacks. Both options can be cost-effective, the one that you pick will depend on your family’s dietary needs and whether or not you are happy to cook while you are away.
The earlier you book your trip, the cheaper it will be. So make an effort to get your trip booked as soon as possible so that you don’t end up having to pay the higher prices that come with travel the closer you get to your going away date. By booking your trip early, you can save up to 25% off the cost of it, so this is something that is most definitely worth doing.
Take advantage of the benefits of a credit card
Do you have a credit card that offers you travel perks? If you don’t, consider getting one. Did you know that a range of credit cards come with various travel perks, such as bonuses on hotel bookings and airfare when it comes to credit card points? These points can be used for things like car hire, days out, and the cost that comes with using a travel agency to book your trip? If you need some help getting to grips with which credit cards are best for travel, the credit card travel blog The Points Mom could be a resource that it’s worth taking advantage of. Not sure what your current credit card company offers? Give their customer service team a call and find out.
Fly at night
To beat the cost of airfare, a hack that can work well is booking tickets for late at night. Admittedly, with kids in tow, this is far from ideal, but the fact is that late night flights are undesirable, which means that they can be up to 50% cheaper than daytime flights. If you are keen to make your trip as cheap as possible, flying at night is an option that it is worth considering.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about reducing the cost of family travel more easily. Holidays in the summer don’t have to be off limits; it’s just a case of taking steps to make them as affordable as possible.