Traveling on a budget with a family seems to be a lot of work. It often comes out as an extra expenditure added to our monthly bills of healthcare, kids’ education, house rent, and so on. Often, the quality family time takes a backseat among all the imminent responsibilities, and the bonds which we value the most aren’t given adequate nurturing. But with proper financial planning and a few compromises, traveling on a budget is possible, especially in recent times where we are offered a number of options to choose from. It will require your skill of research, a bit of math, and a sense of timing to travel cheaply and stay within your budget.
Here are a few effective budget travel tips;
- Travel out of season
Avoid trips during the school holidays, this is when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of families who can only travel during these weeks. Research the best time to visit your destination, and then travel just before or after these dates. Hotels and airlines lower their prices to attract customers during this time.
- Pack properly
Make sure you bring everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away. No matter where you’re going, take at least one pair of long jeans, a warm hoodie, and a waterproof jacket for unpredictable weather conditions.
- Saving on Airfare and Train fare
It is common knowledge that if you book during the peak season or near your dates of travel, the airfare is double what you’d have to pay 4 months earlier. This is why you need to plan your vacations well. Another option is to compare the prices of planes and train tickets. To some destinations, traveling on a budget with family is possible via air as it’s cheaper than trains. For short distances, consider chair car tickets to save money. Look for cashback options while booking and use gateways that offer discounts.
- Car rents
Choose the best budget travel destinations wisely because some cities are costlier than others. You can book a self-drive car to avoid spending more money on car rentals. Avoid falling upon online services until it’s necessary and stick to local hires. If you get a discount or cashback for hiring online, go for it.
- Best hotel deals
Book your lodging at the time of buying your travel tickets to avoid the booking rush. Go online to check out the best deals available for your budget travel destinations and compare hotels based on their pricing and services. To save further, go for apartment stays which are comfortable and safe for your family as hotels, that too at half the price. You will have your own kitchen to cut food expenses and you can choose an appropriate location to minimize transportation costs.
- Earn while traveling
Working holidays are a brilliant way to afford to spend several months of the year or more doing the travel. Teach skiing in the winter season, take care of holidaymakers traveling to the Mediterranean in the summer, or earn by teaching a language in Thailand, you could freelance even in traveling if you’re able to work. The opportunities are endless.