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Travel cannot be considered as a part of household expenses, due to the frequency of travelling vacations that families take. But, having a huge budget for the vacations is something we all desire. With the crazy schedules and the ever-shrinking window when the kids actually want to travel with parents, we have only a handful chances to create meaningful memories for the kids that they can cherish when they are older.
And if this reason isn’t enough for a motivation, then there are researches that have proven that spending money on some great experiences instead of things is much more profitable for our long-term happiness. Plus some Instagram likes on your kid’s accounts won’t hurt your motivations.
With that in mind here are some tips and strategies that will let you get an experience for the money you spend.
Time of travel is important
The most basic way you can save a significant amount of cash is by having the perfect timing. When the rest of the world is zigging, you can save a lot by zagging. Like flying during less desirable hours, for example during midweek, late night or early morning. Compare the rates of the place you are visiting before making any plans. This way you can set your schedule according to the lowest prices and not the other way around.
Go for low-key fun over popular destinations
Not every trip has to be to Disney world, someone said ‘children will be happy when their parents are happy’ and how accurate it is. Consider a destination where the interests of the parents are more highlighted. Kids can usually be satisfied with an ice cream or cookies and parents that are paying attention to them and are relaxed and happy. These days you can find fun activities for the kids to do where ever you choose to go. And selecting a bit of a low key location will also allow you to save money on top of everything else.
Rent a house
For those who want to travel good and on a budget, the rise of home rental services is like a gift from the Gods. Renting a house through some of the popular sites gives you far more space for your money. But the most compelling factor is that you get the comfort of a home, you get huge beds and can sometimes great views at a cheap bargain. But, whatever you end up paying for a rental home it will always beat a hotel accommodation. Plus you can save even more on the food and parking as you can cook your own food and you get free parking with the house.
Choose rental over personal
When traveling, you should make it a point not to use your personal vehicle. Personal vehicles are for daily commutes and occasional day outs, when going on a trip or an extended vacation you will have a lot of luggage and the whole family with you, space will always be an issue. Plus the planning and taking care of parking and all the other issues that come with vehicles, opting for a rental service will provide you with enough space to spread your legs and also take care of all your travel planning and problems. It doesn’t have to be a long trip either even on a day out or picnic with family and friends can be more fun with a minibus.
Save on food
Always look for a place to stay where you can cook, home-cooked meals while traveling is like a godsend. Food is the third most significant expenditure after travel and accommodation, so why not take benefit of cooking where you are staying. This will save you a lot of money, and on top of that, you will avoid the most common enemy of traveling ‘stomach issues’ due to the change in food and spices.
Strength in numbers
To really save some money consider inviting other families or friends along with you on vacation. This way you can save a ton on accommodation and food as the bills will be split in half. If they have kids around the same age as your own, then it can be an even better thing. You can save money, kids can play together, and most essential adults can relax and have a good time.
So, these are some strategies that you can look into to make the most out of your next vacation. The best part about all these tips is that they don’t necessarily have to apply for extended traveling plans, if you want to go on a days outing then also they can be helpful. There are a lot of places in Romford that you can visit for a day out and also if you are visiting other countries.