7 Ways To Save Money On A Family Holiday


Want to plan a holiday with your family, but don’t think you can afford it? Here are a few ways in which you can save money on going away with the kids, allowing you to book a holiday on a budget.  

More families are choosing not to leave the UK. This can save money on flights, visas, currency conversion and various other costs of going abroad. There are countless fascinating places to visit across the country to try out that are suitable for kids from Cornwall to The Lake District to the Scottish Highlands. Sunny weather may not be guaranteed, but there’s still no shortage of beaches, castles and national parks to explore. You can check out sites like Great Little Breaks for inspiration on where to go.  

Try non-traditional holiday destinations abroad

If you’ve got your heart set on going abroad, you may still be able to save money by avoiding the traditional tourist traps. The likes of France, Spain, Italy and Greece have all got more expensive, however you can still find places off the beaten track in these countries that are cheap and family friendly. More modern tourist hotspots like Turkey, Bulgaria and Croatia could save you a lot of money and could still give you and the kids the thrill of going abroad.

Time it right

You can also save money on a family holiday by avoiding peak season. Prices are much higher in late July and August, whether you’re going abroad or staying at home. Going away in June or September could save you a lot of money and there could be just as much likeliness of good weather (just be careful of any fees that you may be charged for taking the kids out of school). When it comes to flights, you may also be able to save money by flying out on a weekday as opposed to the weekend. Early morning and late night flights can also be cheaper. The likes of Skyscanner can help you find cheap flights.

Take advantage of early bird deals

It pays to book far in advance. Many airlines offer early bird deals to families that book nine months or more in advance. Some hotel companies such as Accor Hotels also sometimes offer these deals. You may also have the chance to pay for the holiday in instalments over a long period, which you don’t get when booking a couple months before. By spreading out the cost, it could make it more affordable.

Consider alternatives to a hotel

Hotels are the accommodation of choice amongst many UK travellers, but there are cheaper options out there that are suitable for families. For example, why not consider camping? Even if you don’t like the idea of staying in a tent, you may be able to save money by renting out a caravan - may of these still come kitchen and showe facilities so that you’re not completely roughing it. Family hostels also do exist and can be a cheap option if you’re planning a city break.

Shop for discounts online

There are plenty of places online where you can grab great discounts on family holidays. Such discounts could even allow you to afford the likes of Disneyland - if you purchase Sam’s Club Disney tickets you could even get a free day at a park. Such coupons may have strict terms and conditions, which are important to read first before committing.

Take advantage of free activities

The types of activities you do whilst on holiday can also push the price up. Try to take advantage of free activities - you don’t have to spend money to have fun. There’s lots of free stuff that you can do whilst by the coast such as building sandcastles, going for long walks, hunting for crabs and snorkelling. As for family city breaks, consider whether there are any free museums or free walking tours.

Kirsty McManus