Traveling across the world is something that everyone needs to experience. Now, traveling with your family on the other hand, can be sort of a hassle. Prices are higher, more people to take care of, but that does not mean you can’t make the best of it. Here are my top 5 tips for cheap family traveling to maybe help you save a few bucks here and there.
1. Avoid Travel Season
If possible try to stay away from peak season traveling at all cost! Prices tend to jump up greatly during the holidays such as, Christmas, Easter, or just summer in general. Not only will you save money avoiding these holidays but your experience will be that much better in a less busy location!
2. Be Adaptable While Booking Your Flight
Plane tickets are half the battle while trying to travel. Just remember, it does not matter how you get there, as long as you get there. By that i mean, you do not have to spend all of your money on a one way flight. If you have the time and you aren’t in a rush book a flight with a few stop overs. Yes, it is longer but tends to be cheaper as well.
3. Travel With Friends
Traveling with friends not only enhances the experience but also can save your family money. You can split the cost of the hotel, the rental car, and the food. You are on a budget so remember, don’t be embarrassed about cramming into a room with your buddies. Or you all could pitch in to rent out an entire house on Airbnb, which possibly could be way cheaper.
4. Walk (Mostly) Everywhere!
Now I know, while on vacation especially with your family, walking can be tough. But if you can find a cheap hotel right next to your desired location you can save loads of money. Walking saves you the trouble of all the rental car fees, gas, or calling an Uber which will take your whole budget for a 10 mile drive. So if you can, walk! It’s also healthy for you so win-win.
5. Spend Money Only When You Have To
Just because you are on vacation with your family, you don’t have to go to a 5 star restaurant. Honestly, depending on where you are, eating like a local can be a way better (and cheaper) experience. And yes, you are technically a tourist but that does not mean you have to look like one. Stay away from all the fancy T-shirts and coffee mugs that will only get you in trouble. Instead of spending money on small things that you really do not need, save that money and splurge on one big experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Being on a budget should never stop you from enjoying quality time with your family. Of course traveling on a budget has it’s difficulties but at the end of the day making memories with loved ones is absolutely priceless.
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