Time is a-tickin’!
If you’re planning to take the family away on a summer holiday this year but haven’t made reservations yet – you better get cracking.
Summer is the peak season for most holiday destinations around Australia, which means that accommodation sells out quickly and prices are also at their highest.
All the more reason for you to get super-savvy when it comes to planning a family holiday on a budget. Read on my friend…
There are a few good tricks that you can keep in mind when planning your family vacation – all you need is a little time, patience and the will to save yourself some money!
Let’s get started.
Do your research.
Unfortunately, sometimes our dream holiday destination isn’t the same place that our saving accounts want to take us.
If you can’t afford to travel to your first choice this year, do a bit of research into some other places that offer similar activities/climates/sceneries. Is there something similar available for less money? Jump on it! You might discover somewhere you really love.
Check out package deals.
Travel agents and travel websites always have package deals on offer for destinations. If you’re lucky and get in early enough, you might be able to combine flights and accommodation, or accommodation and activity hire.
If you’re not already signed up on the mailing list for a few of those coupon websites, do it now. New deals are released daily and there are always an abundance of travel, hotel, activity and theme park deals that come up around this time of year. Just make sure you’ve unsubscribed once you’ve made your bookings so that you’re not tempted throughout the year to purchase things you don’t need (I get sucked into a good deal pretty easily!).
If you’re booking a trip to a family-oriented destination, look out for all-inclusive deals. Sometimes you can snap up accommodation, meals and extras packages that provide daily activities for the kids and treats for the grown-ups too.
If you’re really keen to save yourself some cash, book a self-contained room. You’ll have your own kitchen to cook in which means you don’t need to go out for 3 meals a day. Sweet! Even if you’re just keeping milk and cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch in the room, you can still treat yourselves to dinner and enjoy a night off from cooking.
Check for membership discounts.
Oftentimes insurance companies or health funds will offer discounts on various things to their members. Check out the websites of your membership groups to see what you might be able to snap up. Restaurant, theme park and hotel group discounts are usually available.
As a side note – after you’ve booked your holiday for this year, think ahead for next time. Sign up for the hotel group’s mailing list to get access to offers throughout the year and VIP rates.
Make the most of your surroundings.
A holiday to the Gold Coast doesn’t have to mean expensive trips to all of the local theme parks!
Before you leave for your holiday, research what else the area has to offer apart from the obvious. Make the most of beaches, picnics in the park, museums and other unfamiliar sites. Bring along games for downtime at your hotel and involve the whole family in cooking meals together.
If you do want to pay to do specific activities, book ahead of time. Look out for deals online and don’t be afraid to ask vendors if they offer family discount packages.
Travel as a group.
If your family and your friends are both looking to book holidays around the same time, why not book together? You can save a lot of money by renting out larger holiday houses that you can all stay in together.
Better yet – go camping. Camping is great fun if you’ve got friends to hang out with! Pool your camping gear together, BBQ together in the evenings and share surfboards, games and books to keep everyone occupied during the day.
If this post hasn’t given you plenty of ideas for lowering the cost of your family holiday, I don’t know what will!
Jump on Google, check out the best deals and let us know what you find in the comments below. Have a great summer!