Traveling with kids is a different proposition from when there was just you and your partner. Here are 10 Effective Ways to get more out of Family Travel:
#1. Time Your Holiday
If your children have not yet reached school age you can avoid high season premiums and take them on a holiday whenever it suits you.
If you are confined to school holidays try booking when it is not as expensive. You might find for example that is cheaper in the last week of August when parents are keen to be home to get ready for the back to school frenzy than the first week in August.
Look at midweek flights which are better value.
#2. Look for Special Packages
There are lots of fantastic deals for families on the market such as free child places and you should investigate these early in the year as they do go quickly. Check the small print and what you are paying for.
Generally you will have to share with your children and you should check the size of the room you are expected to share as the holiday company’s idea of how many beds fit in one room may differ considerably from yours.
You should also look into the hidden or additional charges, whether travel insurance is included, what the cancellation policy is and how far in advance you need to book.
#3. Check Age Limits
If you are travelling with children, check carefully whether or not they qualify for reduced prices. The age limit on child prices varies depending on your choice of flight, hotel accommodation and package holiday, and you may be charged a full adult fare for children as young as 12. Check each travel operator’s policy before making your booking.
#4. Time Your Flights
Try also to travel at a time when the airport might be quiet rather than jam packed which can lead to extra stress.
Try to make the airport seem like fun with things to spot, trolleys to push and planes to watch landing and taking off.
The DIY holiday option is generally better for families as the flight times can be better and overall it gives more flexibility and independence.
You have the option of a self catering, camping, on occasion staying in upmarket hotels or alternatively renting a villa or a farmhouse. Other options could include renting a big house with family or friends to save costs on babysitting services.
The DIY option will involve a bit more planning and will usually (but not always) save you a good bit of money which you can use on your holiday.