We all remember the holidays from our childhood and, now we’re parents, it’s important to create the same memories for our children. However, in these times of economic struggle, it’s not always easy to find a break that’s within our budgets. Fear not – cheap family holidays do exist and there’s lots of fun to be had.
Your first step is to find a holiday provider that specialises in family breaks. While mainstream providers may also be able to help, there’s likely to be more security in using a travel firm that has expertise in offering holiday packages for families. There are a number of online family portals and magazines that have a comprehensive cheap family holiday offering.
When you search for your fun and cheap family holidays, it helps to come with a few ideas of what you do and don’t want from your break. A good way to get to this point is to talk to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them for suggestions of places they’ve been to with their children. If friends have children of a similar age, then they may have experienced a number of different places. Perhaps some resorts were more suitable than others, in which case it’ll be helpful to know which to avoid as well as which to consider. You may also benefit from visiting popular family websites to seek inspiration. Some have close ties with holiday providers, so are able to offer suggestion and discounts to help you find cheap family holidays that definitely tick that ‘fun’ requirement.
Once you have suggestions, you need to think about where you want to fly from and what time the flights will be. Your nearest major airport will usually be the most suitable; however, that choice may be restricted depending on where you want to fly to. When it comes to choosing the exact flights, it’s important to think about the time they depart (or, more accurately, the time you need to leave the house) and the time you’re going to be arriving at your destination. The beginning of your holiday could be ruined if you or your children are too tired to enjoy themselves or if you arrive so late that you miss most of a day.
One of the biggest obstacles of finding cheap family holidays is that the cost of all the little extras can quickly mount up. One way to avoid this is to shop around before committing to airport parking, hire cars, taxis and travel insurance. Specialist family magazines and their respective websites may be worth looking at for discounts. They can often help you get cheap family travel insurance and airport parking that will help keep the cost of extras to a minimum.
As fun is the aim of the holiday, it’s absolutely paramount that family health is your number one priority. By making sure you have plenty of high-factor sun cream and keeping your children covered up or shaded from the sun, you can make sure your children can enjoy themselves and have a great holiday they remember for years to come.