How to Ensure a Fun Family Vacation on a Shoestring Budget
Vacations are an important part of functional family life. They take you away from day-to-day pressures and provide the opportunity to spend some quality time together. Despite tough economic times there are still plenty of options for taking a fun, family vacation on a shoestring budget. Here are some ideas of how to save money without compromising on fun.
The internet has opened up a host of new opportunities for families when it comes to booking a bargain holiday, from discount hotel rates to money off coupons. These can be valuable to two types of parents:
-The forward planner: if you are someone who works out where you are going and what you want to do several months in advance you have plenty of time to collect online coupons, money-off vouchers and family deals. This can include everything from restaurants and snack bars to hotels and attractions. By taking advantage of early-bird booking deals you could cut costs dramatically. Check in regularly on popular coupon sites and create a stock-pile of money saving offers.
-The last-minute planner: for those who can handle a last-minute decision the internet opens up a host of opportunities. Discount hotel rates and vacation packages are advertised on a number of specialist websites now, and you could bag yourself a bargain deal if you’re willing to wait until the last minute (or a few days before).
Timing is Everything
It’s amazing how much accommodation and attraction prices vary depending on the time of year, so when it comes to saving money on a vacation, timing really is everything.
If you can take a vacation outside of the main school breaks then you will instantly save money. Package holidays and flights are cheaper at these times.
Visiting coastal destinations a little out of season will save you money and can be great fun. Plan walks, bike rides and other activities that don’t necessarily depend on the sun shining. Coastal destinations will be less crowded and you could find that the place has more charm in its off season form.
So if you are in need of a vacation this year but have limited funds, don’t give up. There are a number of ways to save money without sacrificing one of the most vital aspects of your family's annual schedule.