Here are 7 tips to help your readers save money when taking a family vacation from
- Consider alternative housing – You don’t have to stay in a hotel – consider a home swap, house sit, or apartment rental. And don’t forget to check bed and breakfasts – they may be considerably cheaper.
- Family deals – Some hotels offer discounted rates for families or offer free meals for kids. Some booking sites may offer family packages that save you more than booking things individually.
- Vacation alternatives – Who says you have to travel? Stay-cations can be fun with exciting activities for the whole family. Take mini vacations in the summer – camping one weekend, a theme park for another.
- Get the kids involved – Involve them in decisions to build enthusiasm; look for age-appropriate books or movies about the destination.
- Travel with others – Traveling with another family might be worthwhile so the adults can take turns watching the kids. Make sure roles are clearly established before leaving so bills and budgeting are discussed.
- Pack well – Take all the medications you might need – even for sicknesses you don’t think will strike. A visit to urgent care or the ER can be costly if you’re out of network with your health insurance.
- Safety first – Explain to your children what to do if you get separated and tuck a business card from your hotel in their pockets with your contact information written on it.
Tips provided by MyBankTracker.com, a financial comparison site helping consumers make smarter banking decisions.