Has the task fallen to you to organize the family holiday? With Christmas on the way, you’ll be certainly looking to save a few dollars wherever you can. Here are a few suggestions on how to get the best deals on the annual family holiday.
Some people will swear that booking late is the way to go. That’s all well and good if you live by yourself or don’t have any kids, but when there are people than just you and your partner to think about, it requires a change of plan. If you want to go away in the summer, start looking and booking in November and you can make the most child-free deals and discounts before they expire in December, January or even, in some cases, February.
Choose a cheaper flight time
Flexibility is always a handy asset when you’re booking a holiday, but it’s not one that everyone possesses, especially families, who are bound by term times or by mom or dad’s working hours. However, if you can travel during the week, this is believed to be cheaper than on the weekend because you can purchase your flights for less. In fact, air fares are said to be at their lowest from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Catch an early flight and you can both save money and reduce the chance of delays (hooray!).
Hold on for the long haul
If you’re planning a long haul family adventure, you’d be better off holding on until passed the summer and travelling later in the year. Airlines will have increased their prices for the summer season and you’re not as likely to find low prices during the summer. As a bonus, you’ll also find the temperatures easing up in your destination, so your shirt won’t necessarily be sticking to your back!
Book a city break
Rather than your typical beach holiday, you may opt for a family break in a city, near or far. January is a good time to book one of these in time for the summer. You can get some especially awesome city breaks in Europe, and Europe’s cities are packed with sights and activities that all the family can enjoy. Why not get head over to cities like Manchester or London, in the UK, or Paris, France, and make the most of their cultural offering?
These are some of the best ways to get a cheaper family holiday. That said, you can also think about just packing your bags at the last-minute if time allows and bagging a cheap last-minute deal for the family. It is possible, if you plan carefully enough… somehow!