I know planning a family holiday can be very stressful. You have to think about everything to suit your family, stick to a budget and also make sure you have a stress free travel plan. I thought I would share my top tips for a stress free and budget friendly family holiday.
Choose the right destination
When you have children travelling far can become very stressful, especially if they’re young. I always go by nowhere further than a 3 hours away is the perfect destination, whether it be abroad or at home. This means there is very little time for them to get bored, they can easily watch a movie for most of the journey keeping them entertained and they don’t get too uncomfortable.
It’s also not too tiring and doesn’t leave anyone with jet lag, something that can really kill the first couple of days of a holiday meaning you get less days to enjoy it.
Keep within budget
Make sure when looking for a family holiday you know everything that is included in the price. Options like going all inclusive can save so much money as long as you know you’re going to be in your hotel to eat when food is available, otherwise if you’re thinking of eating out a lot it will just save you if you go for basic bed and breakfast.
Another option for saving money is booking an apartment, although many think they’re more expensive they actually end up being cheaper. Apartments are normally priced at a certain amount for the apartment, not per person like a lot of hotel rooms are. This means it can work out as a money saving hack, especially due to the fact with an apartment you can cook all your own food which saves you from purchasing a ‘food plan’ from your hotel.
When we’ve been on one of our Cheap holiday’s to Spain we have actually booked apartments and saved over £400 on what a stay in the hotel with food included would have cost.
Check out the local area
Before settling on your destination, make sure you check out the local area by googling. You need to know what the local weather is like for where you are, whether there is a lot of child friendly places around and if there is a bustling night life that will keep you awake at all hours.
Normally when we are heading away with kids, we want peace and quiet with a lot of things to keep them occupied. Children don’t like laying round the pool all day and sunning themselves, they become bored so a good few places we look for are water parks, local museums, tourist attractions and zoos.
Book before you go
One thing I have noticed is that everything is cheaper before you leave. Transfers from the airport to the hotel, tickets to attractions and everything else for that matter.
If you have the cash to spend a big chunk before you head off you will most definitely save a small fortune. A lot of places not only have discounts for booking beforehand, they also have discounts for booking so far in advance. Also, I have noticed when buying before you leave you can often get two or three attractions for the price of one which makes it well worth the money.
Be a packing professional
Packing is probably the most stressful part of any holiday for me. Not only do I have to make sure I have everything I need I also have to be responsible for making sure the kids have everything they need too.
To make it less stressful I make a list of everything everyone needs and check it off as we go along. I also then pack all the essentials in mine like suncream, shower gels, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Another thing I have found keeps things stress free is packing without children around, we know what they wear and we know what they like. It saves a lot of whinging and moaning about the fact they want to take everything, if after you’ve packed they find something they really want to take with them you can always add to it but I have found this normally isn’t the case.
So, there you have it – Five simple tips to keeping things as stress free and low cost as possible when preparing for your perfect family holiday.
If you have any tips you can add please do let me know!