.@TeddyOutReady: Planning a cheap family vacation

Friday, February 1, 2013

Planning a cheap family vacation

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People who love to travel are often eager to pass on that love to their children. However, it is much different travelling alone, or even as a couple as compared to travelling as a family. The price tag associated with travelling with a group of people is often enough to make some people stay home. By making a few small concessions and following some words of advice it can be easy to plan not only fun but cheap family vacations.  

Choose your hotel wisely: Accommodations can carry the brunt of your holiday travel budget. However there are several ways to make your hotel budget stretch further. Firstly try to book a hotel room that can be suitable for a larger group. If your children are smaller, a room with two beds may be sufficient. As the children grow, you may consider booking a suite, which will provide everyone with ample room for privacy but will still be more affordable than two rooms.Many hotels offer additional perks for the people staying in them. If possible to look for a hotel with free shuttles, or offering free parking. Free continental breakfast is now offered through many hotels, and is a great way to save money feeding your family.

Cheaper meal ideas: As mentioned previously, free hotel breakfasts are a very economical choice to save some money while travelling. Why, pay for an extra meal if you do not have to?When exploring new areas, it is important to bring plenty of snacks and beverages with you, so that you are not spending money on foods that are not meals. A spend dollar here and a dollar there, for all the family members, can quickly add up to an expensive vacation.When on a budget, instead of going out for lunch to a restaurant try visiting a local grocery store which will not only offer you some healthy food options that are quite a bit cheaper than restaurants, but will also expose you to the local culture.

Investigate the family pass: There are plenty of places that offer a cheaper family plan to encourage the patrons with children to come and visit. Family passages can be found in many places with public transportation as well as entrances to attractions such as theme parks or even national museums and art galleries. If you are thinking of booking a visit somewhere, be sure to enquire if family pricing is available.

When in doubt go all inclusive: The all-inclusive vacations seem to perfect for a family vacation. They are extremely affordable and they do take all the worry out of planning a stay in a foreign land. Since your package includes the flight, shuttle to hotel, the hotel and all your meals and drinks, all the money you have to bring are just for any additional fun activities you may want to do such as shopping. Many resorts offer free and fun activities for children, which allows their parents to have a little bit of time to enjoy themselves.


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