Some of the most cherished memories a family makes are those associated with travel and family vacations. If you are interested in planning a family vacation, you likely are also interested in strategies that you can utilize to save money in the process. With this in mind, there are seven important strategies or tips to bear in mind when it comes to planning your next family vacation.
Travel Timing is Everything
One of the most important strategies to employ when it comes to saving money on a family trip is to consider timing of your travels. This particularly is the case when it comes to booking airplane tickets and hotel or motel rooms.
Booking flights at less desirable times is a solid way of saving money on plane fare. For example, book flights early in the morning and you are highly likely to get good fares. In addition, the first flights of the day are nearly always on time. As the day progresses, the odds of flights running behind schedule, and being cancelled all together, increases significantly.
Flexibility in regard to the day of the week in which you travel can also save money. When looking for airplane tickets for a family vacation, experiment with what fares are from one day of the week to another.
Think Off Season
Many popular travel destinations have specific peak seasons. Spending time at these destinations is most expensive during “the season.” Indeed, a great deal of money can be sent on nearly everything associated with a family vacation to one of these types of destinations during the off season.
The Disney resorts in the United States are a prime example of family-friendly resorts that do have off seasons. While the truth of the matter is you may have to pull your kids from school to enjoy a vacation of this type during the off season, in the grand scheme of things, you’ll find that decision worth it. Missing a few days of school will not derail your children’s academic careers. In addition, with fewer people onsite at a place like Disney, the overall experience will be enhanced for all. And, of course, you can save a considerable amount of money by taking this course.
Rent a House
The burgeoning online vacation home rental services are great for families interested in saving money on vacation. A family can save what amounts to a decent amount of money renting a home at a vacation destination as opposed to staying in a hotel. Moreover, by renting a home, a family nearly always will be far more comfortable than is the case if they are bunking up together in a hotel.
Sign Up Kids for Frequent Flier Accounts
Many parents have both signed up for airline frequent flier programs. What some families are missing is signing up their children as well.
By signing up the entire family for airline frequent flier programs, your family is able to accumulate a significantly greater number of airline miles. This practice can end up saving your family a considerable amount of money when it comes to booking airline flights for a family vacation.
Use Travel Apps
Take advantage of the myriad of travel, and related, apps that are available today. With this apps, including those with the “near me” feature, you can identify a variety of resources that can make your travels easier, and even less expensive. For example, if you need to find a place to eat, you can use an app to locate suitable priced restaurants near your geographic location.
Food to Go
Dining out oftentimes adds to the fun of a family trip. However, eating out three meals a day can become costly, as well as unnecessary. One simple strategy you can employ on a family vacation is to make sure that any uneaten menu items are packed to go. In this day and age, many restaurants offer very large portions. In fact, eating only part of the menu item served is a healthier dining practice, saving a portion of the entrée or other selection for a later time.
Eat at Your Rental
If you are renting a home, you can save a significant amount of money by eating “at home.” You can pick up necessary groceries at the market and enjoy family meals together at the rental as part of your overall vacation experience. Indeed, most families love the convenience of being able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the rental before taking off for a day of sightseeing.
Keep in mind the grocery delivery services are becoming more widely available. Thus, even if you don’t rent a car, you very well may be able to have groceries delivered to your vacation rental for a reasonable cost.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.
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