For many people, the biggest thing standing between them and the vacation of their dreams is money – this is especially true for families. Planning a trip for yourself and your children can be overwhelming, and it makes sense that many parents assume doing so is simply out of their budget. There is no denying that traveling can be expensive, especially if you are worrying about the cost of traveling with children. The good news, however, is that there are ways to greatly minimize the cost of travel without having to make sacrifices that will affect your trip in a negative way.
If you’re planning a trip this year, here are a few simple tips for saving money on family travel.
1. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Plan
Thoroughly planning a trip takes time, and so does saving money. While you might feel eager and want to take a trip shortly after beginning to plan it, scheduling your trip as far in the future as possible will give you time to save up money, and time to hunt for deals on everything from flights, to experiences, to lodging. Some destinations, such as major theme parks, offer layaway payment plans, giving you time to pay for your trip in small increments over an extended period of time and lessening the financial burden of the trip. Giving yourself more time to plan than you think you will need is the key to avoiding a vacation taking a major toll on your budget.
2. Weigh the Pros and Cons of Driving vs. Flying
One of the most expensive parts of any trip, regardless of your destination, is transportation. At first glance, airfare can be expensive – but the truth is, so can fuel if you are traveling a long distance. Flying might save a bit of money in the long run, and can cut travel time in half so you can get to your destination and begin enjoying your vacation sooner – but traveling to an airport and on a plane with young children can be difficult, especially for first time flyers or young kids with a fear of flying. While money is an important factor to consider when determining how you will travel to your next vacation destination, it is also important to consider your family and what would make the most sense for you and your trip. Whether you’re traveling in your family vehicle that has been newly restored by Precision Car Restoration or taking a flight, be sure to consider how each would benefit your family and the costs associated with both.
3. Consider Lodging Options
Finding a place to stay can also be one of the most expensive aspects of traveling, especially if you are traveling in a big group that would need to rent more than one room just to have enough space for everyone. For families or big groups, renting a condo or entire house might be a better option. This would allow for everyone in your group to stay in one place and would allow your entire party to split the total cost, making it much cheaper for each person individually.