Planning an affordable family vacation is possible now more than ever. Of course summer vacation deals may seem to be more difficult to come by when you’re traveling as a family during the peak summer months.
The following eight tips will show you it’s still possible to save money even in the busy summer travel season.
1. Start Planning Your Vacation Early
If you really want to get the best deals then you’ll need to start looking for them early. Not only will this help you take advantage of early-bird discounts, but it’ll help to give you the time you need to work out all the details that can lead to lower costs.
2. Sign Up for Travel Deal Alerts
Signing up for airline and travel deal alerts is another way to find an affordable family vacation. Most all major airlines and travel sites such as Priceline, Travelocity, and Expedia all allow for e-mail and text alerts.
Be sure to also check Groupon Getaways and LivingSocial Escapes for travel bargains. Just be aware their travel deal are only available for a few days so you need to be ready to book when they become available.
Another site to definitely check out is FamilyGetAway.com. You can create a family vacation package for up to 65% off. The hotels are offered by auction and buy-it-now.
3. Cook your Own Meals
When you can cook your meals you are in control of a large part of your travel budget. Self catered accommodation options is an affordable option to pricey hotels and expensive dining options.
4. Share The Vacation With Family Or Friends
Another way to have an affordable family vacation is travel with another family or friends. By booking a self catered accommodation with another family, you can split the cost between more people.
5. Always ask for Discounts
Always ask for discounts when booking your accommodations. Can you get a discount if your kids are under a certain age, or if you’re traveling with senior citizens? Do they have a family rate that’s not advertised on their website.
6. Check Your Local Paper
Although the internet is a great place to find the latest travel deals, don’t overlook the travel sections of your local paper. During the summer months there are often travel deals targeted towards families looking to get out of town.
7. Last Minute Travel Deals
If you are flexible about when you can leave for your trip, you may way to consider booking last minute. Believe it or not, you can sometimes save more by booking at the last minute. Two sites to check for these type of deals are Groupon and LivingSocial.
8. A Long Weekend Vacation
You can also save money by opting for a long weekend getaway rather than a full vacation. If you’re flexible on travel dates, weekend getaway deals can be found on many travel sites such as Travelocity and Expedia.
With so many travel deals out there, affordable family vacations are possible when you take the time to plan where you want to go and how much you want to spend.