Side Street Style: 4 Easy ways to save money on Family Travel

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26/08/2018

4 Easy ways to save money on Family Travel



When you love to travel as a family, it can sometimes seem like all your spare money gets spent on your adventures. In fact, you may even be holding off on doing some things and visiting particular places because you are worried about the cost involved. Happily, if you put the tactics below into action, family holidays don't have to cost a fortune. Something that means you and your brood can get away, and still have plenty of money in the bank. Read on to find out more.

Explore the UK

One way to get away on a regular basis without breaking the bank is to explore the UK instead of always heading abroad. After all, UK breaks usually mean that you don't need to pay for flights, or if you do they will be cheaper. You can also choose to travel there under your own steam in your own vehicle as well, something that can help save a fortune on public transport. Lastly, you have the option of choosing a short break, of one or two nights, something that can make your travel as a family a lot easier on the wallet.

Also, even if you don't want to drive to the opposite end of the country to where you live, there will be some fantastic places that are local to you that you haven't explored. Remember no rules are saying that you have to travel hours to you given location, and you might just find an exciting gem of a place less than an hour from your doorstep!




Get Discount Savvy

Next, if you are looking to make travelling with your family as economical as possible, it's an excellent idea to book flights, accommodation, and packages in sales, with discount vouchers and alway make sure you use price comparison websites.

Happily, there are plenty of sources like Net Voucher Codes online that you can use all year round to get a hefty reduction in the price of your break. If you book your flights and accommodation separately, you may even be able to combine the savings of more than one voucher, further decreasing the cost of your chosen break.


Find bargain flights and train fares

Of course, everyone knows about those fantastic flight bargains that you get, where it costs £50 or under return, to travel to Europe. However, not everyone understands how actually to get these. One way is to wait until the airline release their news seats, as prices are usually based on demand, so when they have a glut to fill, you will pay less, also being flexible with your times and dates is key to getting the best deal and signing up to airlines newsletters means you will be sure to know when they do have sales on. Then there are the smart apps that allow you to search for cheap flights either by destination like Skyscanner or by how much you want to spend like Kayak. 




When it comes to trains it's always a good idea checking if the fare is cheaper by splitting the train journey up and you don't even have to change trains. Visit sites such as Split my fare which will give you the cheapest option and best of all if your really savvy you can still book these yourself and apply voucher codes or cash back options to these. When it comes to international trains signing up with Eurostar newsletter you will be the first to know when they release their annual £50 seats, also look into an Eurorail pass if you are planning to travel a lot in Europe as this could save you money. 

Consider your dining options carefully

Lastly, if you genuinely want to save money as a family when you travel, it's important to review your dining options carefully. Why? Well, because eating out at restaurants twice or even three times a day can really add up and can add a hearty amount even when your just on a staycation. With this in mind, it may be more economical in the long run to consider self-catering and even all-inclusive packages for your family breaks. We are huge fans of self-catering because it gives us more freedom with regards to when we eat which fits our family dynamic better and also reduces costs massively as we can eat budget friendly healthy meals on our travels without paying triple the price as we would eating out.



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13 comments:

  1. Love these tips, I always shop around to cheap train and air travel - some of the bargains are amazing!

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    1. Totally! Bargains are out there if your happy to search for them

      Laura x

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  2. These are all really good tips for saving money on family outings. We don't go on any but we are pretty savvy when we do.

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  3. Great tips, and many that we do. We like exploring the uk, as well as self-catering if we go abroad. Can make it a lot cheaper!

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    1. Yes to staycations and self-catering - we love both too

      Laura x

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  4. You can get some great deals if like you say you look around, uk breaks are great for something a bit closer to home and you do get some great places to stay and explore. Train fares can be a bit pricy but if you plan ahead you find some cheaper tickets, or as we have found, sometimes it’s cheaper to buy directly from the station on the day

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  5. These tips are great. As a family of 5 we are always trying to save money were we can. Being organised with food always helps.

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  6. I think we do most of these as I'm super savvy and always look for the cheapest way to do and buy everything. We had a UK holiday and I pre paid for a lot of stuff and also got discount vouchers for places to go in that area.

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  7. I am so into bargain flights. I just love it when you get big discounts. That's why I'm always on the watch for seat sale.

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    1. Me too!! Always great finding a really good deal

      Laura x

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  8. Although I don't travel with kids (and a lot of the time I travel solo anyway), many of these tips apply to any traveller, regardless if they have little ones in tow or not. I always spend time checking various websites for flights and hotel deals, and will never pay full price for anything ;) x

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    1. Yes I totally agree, these can be transferred over to any kind of traveller, at the end of the day there are plenty of ways worth looking into to be a bit more savvy and save money - meaning more money to travel! :)

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