21 Feb

Written by Kristin on February 21, 2018

 

Winter is the time when we’re all dreaming and planning for sun and fun, but affording that dream summer holiday can be another matter entirely. Adding up the cost of airfare, hotel, transfers or car hire, meals, activities and attraction tickets, not to mention the cost of holiday essentials like travel insurance, new clothing, luggage, toiletries, and so forth … well, it’s overwhelming, isn’t it? And once you’ve gone through the basics of money-saving, like cutting out any extras in your life (expensive meals out, concert tickets, those new shoes you don’t really need), you’re still going to be spending hundreds if not thousands of pounds on a family summer holiday.

We’ve rounded up some easy tips to save money on your next big trip:

Be Flexible with Your Dates

Obviously, this isn’t always possible, but if you compare the dates and times for flights to your destination, you can easily save 50 percent or more. For example, on a recent holiday I booked on British Airways I saved nearly £1,000 by altering my travel dates to May instead of June. Even changing your flight to either one day earlier or later can mean £50 or £100 difference per person in the cost of your flight. Also, travelling during late August or early September is definitely cheaper than peak times in July or early August.

Watch for Promotional Codes and Sales

This might seem like an obvious tip, but loads of people don’t realize that most travel websites regularly offer voucher codes and special offers on flights, hotels, car hire, and more. Check our travel and holidays category regularly as we are constantly updating the site with these types of codes – for example, £150 off short and mid haul summer 2018 holidays at TUI, £200 off 7-night school summer holidays at Haven Holidays, or 20% off travel insurance at Flexicover.

Use Kids Go Free Offers

Traveling with kids, especially multiple kids, is hard enough, but adding on the additional cost can make you just want to stay home. Fortunately, many resorts and hotels offer free children’s places when you book a holiday, so it’s always worth investigating. Most often these sorts of offers apply to the first child, so if you have additional children you’ll need to pay their full way (luckily, I’ve only got the one!). Still, this could still mean hundreds of pounds of savings on one property vs. another if you can take advantage of a child staying for free, especially if you are staying at an all-inclusive resort. At First Choice Holidays, selected summer 2018 holidays include a free flight, hotel, food and drink, and activities for one child per two paying adults, or book a family holiday with Butlins and the first child eats free on selected 2018 breaks.

Avoid Surcharges

Airlines love to charge extra for things like additional legroom, priority boarding, luggage, etc. And if God forbid your luggage is over the weight limit, you’ll pay even more. Make sure to always weigh and measure your luggage before you leave for the airport, and if you cut out the upgraded seats, that’s easily £100 or more in savings for a family of four.

Book Attraction Tickets in Advance

Most attractions such as museums, zoos, stately homes, and theme parks offer a special online discount if you buy your tickets ahead of time. Sometimes you can even get additional savings the further in advance you book. Legoland Windsor, for example, charge £36-£60 at the gate, depending on date, but if you book even 1 day in advance you can take about £10 off, and a further £5 if it’s a week or more in advance. Also, check out sites like Attractiontix or 365 Tickets where you can buy discounted tickets for attractions around the world including Spain, Dubai, and many other countries.

Happy travels!

 

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