Every child deserves to go on holiday abroad, but with bills to pay and food and clothes to buy, finding the cash to spare can be difficult.
But don’t despair – here are 5 thrifty tips for saving money when you’re going on holiday.
Create a budget
Begin by creating a holiday budget – it’s a soundproof way of controlling your spending.
First, determine how much money you can afford to spend, then make a list of all things you’ll need to pay for (such as flights, food and accommodation) and work out how much they’ll cost.
You can play around with your budget by creating different scenarios, and in turn, work out the most cost-effective option for you.
Not sure where to start? Check out this wikiHow guide to creating a travel budget for more information.
Bring your own goodies
Airports are notorious for charging extortionate amounts for food and drink – so if you’re strapped for cash, bring your own.
You know what snacks your kids like best, so don’t risk relying on limited airport stock, but shop around in advance and bag yourself a bargain.
The strict rules on liquids in airports means bringing your own drinks isn’t really an option, but you can bring your own bottles and fill them up with water for free once you’ve passed security.
If you want to find the cheapest flights, you should start looking as early as possible – you’d be surprised how sharply prices will rise.
With so many airlines and providers to choose from, you can save time and money by using flight comparison site Skyscanner. This site compares different routes and airlines using a range of filters which will help you find the perfect flight for your budget.
Don’t just book your travel early, follow suit with accommodation and holiday activities too.
Imagine – you’ve found the perfect flights, you’re at the online checkout and the airline rep tells you there’s umpteen additional budget-breaking charges for luggage.
It’s a common conundrum, but one that you circumnavigate by packing light and taking carry-on luggage only. There’ll possibly still be extra charges but they’ll be far lower than the costs for cabin luggage.
You’d be surprised how much you can fit into carry-on size luggage without going over the weight limit.
So don’t dismiss this option – challenge yourself and save some pennies.
Drive to the airport
The last thing you want is to bundle yourself, your kids and your luggage onto a cramped and overpriced train or bus
So consider driving there instead — you’ll have more space and comfort in a car and you can keep the costs down by booking Liverpool Airport parking with Looking4.com in advance.
Follow these terrific tips as you plan the perfect holiday for your family, all without breaking the bank.
What are your holiday money saving tips? Share them in the comments section.