Before you had kids you were able to celebrate the privilege of spontaneity. You could jump in the car and head off to the airport and buy a ticket for the first flight out of there, no questions asked. What was a couple of hundred bucks back then? This somewhat changes when you have a family, though. Even a trip to the supermarket can require military-style planning. As for the cost, well, that cheap $200 flight will now be the best part of a thousand bucks. Yeah, the game has changed.
Luckily for you, we live in the day and age of money-saving hacks and disruptive technology, and that means there are a ton of bargains hiding away out there; you just have to know where to look.
Life Is All About Timing
The first thing we recommend you do is to look at what flights are the cheapest and go from there. We know this may sound a bit backward to some, but if you get the timing right you could easily save yourself 300% on flights. The best way to do this is to use a website that gives you an overview of all the fares on and around your ideal dates, which can easy to do with Skyscanner.com. To fully understand how amazing this service is, we recommend you just go on their site – or app – just for a fiddle and see how much you could save by leaving 24 hours earlier than originally outlined.
Live A Life Of Luxury
Once you have your dates confirmed and your flights booked (not to mention all that extra money sitting in your pockets), the next place you can save big time is your accommodation. Repeat after us; no more hotels, not more hotels. Airbnb.com is the ultimate in disruptive technologies and allows you the chance to save a small fortune without compromising on luxury. Quite the opposite in fact. Hotels will cost you upward of $100 a night per room easy. So why not work out what you were going to spend on a hotel, figure out how many separate rooms you were going to need and then use two-thirds of your hotel budget on a luxury private villa. You’ll be surprised at how amazing the places you find are. It is a guarantee that your kids are going to absolutely love it, and so will you (and not just because you’ve saved yet a load more dollar).
Born To Be Explorers
With the two big parts of any holiday booked – flights and accommodation – the next thing that could well be fluttering about at the back of your mind is car hire. You have a private villa to call base, now all you need is a chariot from which you and your family can explore your destination. You have two clear winners on this front. Websites, like DontPayFull.com, which offer free online coupons and discount vouchers, and price comparison websites. Of course, you don’t have to use these services exclusively for car hire because you can get great travel insurance packages at a discounted rate too, as well as the other things that may be bubbling away on your ‘to-get sorted’ list. One thing is for sure, though, you’ll now be able to spend that money you saved on driving across the island to that world famous Water Park.
Make The Deals Come To You
Perhaps you are going on a winter holiday to the mountains, or maybe you are chasing the sun with your little ones; either way, there is always things that you need to buy especially for that trip. It could be a jacket, hat and gloves, or sunscreen, beach towels and water bottles. Whatever it is, it all adds up. That is why it is worth knowing what hidden gems you should pack and then have your eye on the internet to see what deals pop up. We know this can be time-consuming, but if you don’t mind a little retail intrusion, then a great way to make the deals come to you is to simply go on Amazon, look at the things you need to buy and then wait as these items start popping up on adverts everywhere you go. The prices will change and you can snap up that family pack of sunscreen for next to nothing.
Don’t Let The Little Things Catch You Out
The little things are tempting because they are almost insignificant costs, but they all add up. Besides, anyone who has ever hopped into bed with a mosquito will know how much something small can sting. So, always be conscious of the little charges; things like internet costs, going on an organized sightseeing tour, picking a petrol car over a diesel, avoid road tolls if possible, skip the mini-bar, and take water with you wherever you go. These little $1 and $2 savings can quickly add up to a nice family meal in that nice restaurant by the beach you saw on your first day.