Saving money on the family holiday

When
booking

If
your willing to travel last minute you can get some amazing deals but
personally I like knowing exactly where we are going so I can plan ahead, read
tripadvisor and look for deals on attractions in the chosen area. If you book well in advance you can get free
child places though that does make a family holiday more affordable. The number is restricted so they do get
snapped up. Apparently the cheapest
time to book is 11 months before you travel according to this article, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

Consider
bringing the grandparents along so you can bring down the cost of accommodation
and have some live in babysitters for the week! Plus its wonderful for the whole family to create memories
together, I promise my motivations are not entirely financial!!!

At
the airport

My boys are quite fond on the words
“Can I have?” and this continues wherever we are, they are not great at
following my “look with your eyes and not your hands” mantra so want to grab
everything in sight, turn it over, see what its about until I feel obligated to
buy it! On our one and only foreign
trip I did get stung at the duty free. 
My eldest insisted he needed a massive tub of tic-tacs, the box was so
big it literally could have been used by a giant and my youngest decided he
MUST sample ALL the different Toblerone in existence. So I can completely relate to this article
by Columbus
Direct
saying that on average each passenger spends £52 at the
airport.

In our case what we spent was led by
my two beady-eyed boys that were slightly overwhelmed with the contents of the
duty free shop (a literal treasure trove of goodies!), we are hoping to book
another holiday abroad next year but the highlight for eldest he has already
told me is to return to duty free… so this time I will be prepared with a few
tactics to divert them away from the shop and further spending.

Try not to get lured into buying
unnecessary travel tat, do your children really need an animal shaped travel
pillow! If you think they might have a meltdown if they don’t just buy it
somewhere cheaper before you get to the airport and are stuck with paying those inflated prices (well they have you there as a captive audience, stuck until
your ready to board!).

Keep your children busy so they are
not complaining to have a go on the massage seats or venture into the airport
arcade. Bring books and mini games from
home, anything to stop you spending more at the shops and facilities.

Be aware of the hand luggage
restrictions
so you do not waste money throwing away drinks you have
just bought and opened before boarding. But do take your own snacks to avoid the expensive costs of dining on the plane. Children are always hungry so best to be prepared.

If you’re worried about your luggage
costing extra try and make sure you have utilised all your available pocket space and put the heavier things in them! It pays to be
as crafty as possible, as those extra costs soon add up…

Wishing you happy (and affordable) holidays wherever you are off
to!

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