Keep calm and research
This is key to getting a good deal. Check the papers every week, scan the web for online deals, sign up to travel company ezines and compare quotes.
Tip! Remember to clear your cache (delete those cookies!) before making a final booking as almost all websites will increase the price if they know you’re already interested (so to speak!).
The cost of living varies from country to country so do your homework and choose somewhere your budget will cover. Places like Croatia, Bosnia, Poland and Bulgaria all have beaches, plenty to explore, and your money will go a lot further, while Lanzarote and the Canary Islands are out of season and ripe for the taking (or booking).
Book well in advance or wait until the last minute
Anything in between will usually be more pricey. Well in advance is better if you are tied to certain dates.
This is perfect for families. If you know someone abroad it is always an option but if not check out Home Exchange or Airbnb. You can make great savings on accommodation through these websites and give you and your family the freedom to come and go whenever you please which can sometimes be tricky in hotels.
Turn away from the packaged holiday
Yes, they usually have great deals but not all the time. We recommend buying flights and accommodation separately too.
Parenting chat rooms are great nuggets of information and advice. No-one knows better where the best places are for families or how to get value for money than other parents. Netmums have pages upon pages of travel ideas from other families and weddingsonline is another great forum to check out.
Pre-book holiday trips
This is a definite cash-saver. There is no doubt about it, especially if you’re planning a trip to Florida, Disneyland Paris or any other popular park.
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