*This is a guest article*
Affording a family vacation in these uncertain times isn’t easy. According to recent YouGov research, 52% of people in the US did not take a vacation during the previous 12 months, with 72% of those who did not go away saying it was because they could not afford to.
But if you have managed to save up so you can take your family on vacation, you want to make sure your money goes as far as possible. Your hard-earned cash should be spent on having fun with your family, instead of paying out for charges which could easily be avoided.
Here are our top tips for making your vacation money work for you:
If you’re travelling outside the US and need to change your dollars to pounds, Euros or pesos, never leave buying your currency until the last minute. If you do change your cash at the airport, you’ll find you are hit with low rates and high commission fees. Ordering your money online in advance is the best way to ensure you get a good deal.
Package or flight only?
While it can be tempting to think that trawling the Internet to find your own flights and accommodation must surely be the cheapest way to put together your vacation, this often isn’t the case. Because package operators are able to negotiate discounts on hotel stays, they can pass these savings on to you. As well as the benefit of everything being organised for you, opting for a package vacation can actually be the most affordable option. Package options are available from most countries, compare the cost of booking your accommodation and travel separately with packages from sites like orbitz.com, jet2holidays.com or unitedvacations.com.au to check which option is cheapest before you book.
While family day trips to zoos or theme parks can be costly, searching out coupons which give you money off or free child tickets can make a big difference. Pick up free tourist guide leaflets from airports and in resort, along with local newspapers, as they often carry money-saving coupons.
When in Rome…
If you want to enjoy a family meal, do what the locals do and enjoy a leisurely lunch rather than eating out at dinner time. That way, you can usually enjoy the Plat du Jour or Dish of the Day for a fraction of the cost of an evening meal.
A little forward planning truly can make a huge difference to the cost of your family vacation.
About the author:
Katie is a rookie food and travel blogger from the UK. You can follow her adventures in food and foreign climes on twitter.com/delightsomeblog.
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