Planning for that dream holiday can be stressful most of the time, but it is especially so when you are going on a holiday with the family. Unfortunately, traveling with kids is also quite a bit more expensive than whisking on to your vacation in your twenties. But luckily, money savvy traveling is possible and you don’t need to spend a fortune on your family vacation with these simple tips.

Travel outside the peak times

Traveling outside the peak times doesn’t necessarily mean traveling outside of the typical holiday months of your country. You can still spend your holidays at your usual times, but look for flights outside the so-called peak hours and travel to destinations that aren’t enjoying their peak time.

For example, if you choose to go to Thailand during the months from May to August, you could save almost 50% in hotel costs! This is the time of the rainy season, but the temperatures are still around the 90°F mark (30°C) and there are sunny periods to enjoy.

Plan your vacation well

‘Well begun is half done’ might sound like a cliché, but you can save a lot of time and money by preparing your vacation well in advance. Start looking for possible destinations at least a year before you want to travel, so you can conduct appropriate research on hotels, flights and things to do. If you don’t have the luxury of planning early on, you can always checkout some discount codes on to save money on last minute purchases.

Booking in advance can often be cheaper. Knowing what you want to do on your holiday will also prevent you from doing those panic decisions when the kids are bored. Many destinations also have plenty of free family events, but tourist guides or travel agencies don’t necessarily promote these and therefore, doing your own research will guarantee you find the hidden gems in your destination.

Check online resources

Overall, booking online is often the cheaper alternative to using a travel agency. Consider checking voucher websites such as for deals on not only the flights and hotels, but also the restaurants and shops in your destination. This can end up cutting down costs for food and entertainment.

You should also compare prices through websites like, as you can often cut down hundreds of Pounds on your accommodation costs by comparing what different websites offer. Booking through travel agencies can often cost a lot more – although it is worth checking whether your local agency can provide you with a better deal!

Think outside the box

Traveling with kids means you need to be creative and thinking outside the box can often help you save money as well. For example, instead of booking a hotel, why not consider renting out an apartment at your destination?

Don’t be afraid of eating in restaurants that don’t provide a kid specific menu, instead ask if they are able to provide something on the adults’ menu for a discounted price and size.

You can enjoy a fantastic holiday with the family without having to break the budget. Plan ahead, be clever with where you shop for a vacation, take advantage of discounts and you’ll have a wonderful time.

How do you stay money-savvy when traveling with your family?


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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