When it comes to traveling as a single person or even as a couple, the experience is relatively cheap. That is to say that it isn’t so cheap everybody is doing it, but it isn’t as expensive as say, traveling with a family.
If you are raising a family yourself then you know just how challenging it can be to find vacations spots which the whole family can enjoy without breaking the bank.
To help you out in this regard, below are some great tips to help all families enjoy time away.
Book Ahead. As Far Ahead as You Can
If you know that your whole family will have vacation time in the future, look to book your flights and accommodation now. Even if you are considering traveling 8 months in the future. Airlines and hotels will allow you to book their services up to a year in advance.
The benefit to you, as a traveler, is that the prices are often remarkably lower when you book so far in advance. The reason for this is that the airline and the hotel are able to rely on your booking and not have to think about assigning a seat or a room. While you may think that one seat or room doesn’t really matter, when there are millions of travelers doing the same thing, it makes sense.
In saying that, it’s important to realize that many of these bookings don’t’ include refundable operations, meaning that while you can take advantage of a low rate, if you aren’t able to make the booking, you may lose your deposit or the full fare price. It’s best to double check first.
An All-Inclusive Resort
That’s right, an all-inclusive resort! The very same ones that you see in the movies, with lots of people partying around a pool. However, in place of the college students doing silly things, there are activities for your children. And instead of beer pong, the resort will provide drinks and food for you 24 hours a day, to your room or to the pool or beachside. Many of these resorts also offer child-minding services, with many parents choosing to make personalized shirts for their children from the Groupon Coupons page for Vistaprint with their family name on them and who they belong to for an extra bit of peace of mind.
While there was once a time when these resorts were exclusive and unable to be accessed by those without seriously deep pockets, more and more resorts now target their services to families. In particular, budget-conscious families. For this reason, when you book an all-inclusive resort stay, you can rest assured that there will not be any surprise charges or expenses that you will need to accommodate for along the way.
This is a great way to keep overall travel costs down, as you know exactly how much you need before you leave.
Pick the Right Dates
Did you know that there are particular times of the year where it is cheapest to travel and to stay in hotels and resorts? While you may think that these are all of the off-season periods which offer bad weather and unpleasant experiences, if you choose the right dates, such as those in the transition period, then you can both take advantage of the low prices and the relatively good weather.
For example, a cruise up the inner passage of Alaska around July can be booked for a relatively low price. And while you can’t expect to see snow falling from the snow, you can absolutely expect to see and touch snow, including watching animals from the ship and on land.
Enjoying everything that the world has to offer with your family doesn’t have to cost a fortune, you just have to make some small adjustments and allow the right tips, such as the ones above, and you will be well on your way to family adventures!