October 17, 2018


A family vacation is a great escape from day-to-day activities at school and at work. And while holidaying with the family is already a fun experience, imagine doing it with your friends as well. As they say, the more, the merrier. It will surely be a memorable time for everyone.

At a glance, package deals are expensive but if you’re with your family and friends, these offer better value for your money, from airport transfers to meals and transport costs.

Of course, traveling costs money. Sometimes, it can be really expensive, but it shouldn’t be the case. Going on a family vacation with friends can be done without leaving a hole in your pocket. Here are some simple tips on cheap holidays and why holidaying with friends is a good idea:

Planning early is key.

It has been said over and over again and yet some people still find themselves getting frustrated when planning a family vacation because they keep putting the planning stage off. Before you know it, you only have a few days and there are no more deals to save money. Plan early to take advantage of cheaper airfare and tours.

Have more flexibility on travel dates

Airfare takes up a large chunk of your travel budget. You can save money by being flexible with your travel dates. Even the time of your flight can make a difference. For instance, flying on a weekday, before or after 8PM, or on public holidays can be much cheaper.

Go online for family holiday deals

When planning a cheap holiday, spend some time online and check deal websites that offer a wide range of low cost holidays for family and friends. Or better yet, sign up for their email newsletters. While you may get annoyed by the numerous emails on deals and alerts, this is a good way to stay in the loop so you don’t miss out on travel deals.

Friends can share with the expenses

One great thing about going on a vacation with friends is that they can chip in for just about anything. From your accommodation and food to transport and tour packages, you are more likely to save some cash by having a few people to share the expenses with. Another advantage of holidaying with friends is that you can take advantage of group discounts, whether in tours, accommodations, or transport.

Consider off-peak seasons

You can save a lot of money just by choosing travel dates at the end of a holiday, for instance. You can also expect higher prices during weekends so if you can, consider travelling on weekdays.

Choose serviced apartments or holiday houses

Skip the hotels. Instead, opt for accommodations where your family and friends will feel at home. With a serviced apartment or holiday house, you can cook meals which is way cheaper compared to eating out. This will save you money while on vacation.

Book an accommodation that is close to where you want to go

Transport costs money, so it may be better to book accommodation that is near to where you plan to go during the trip. Having easy access to different tourist sites can make a big difference to your travel budget. It saves a lot of time, too.

Go for tour packages

 At a glance, package deals are expensive but if you’re with your family and friends, these offer better value for your money, from airport transfers to meals and transport costs. It can also be an ingredient to a stress-free holiday since everything will be taken care of.

Look at budget-friendly activities for kids

Theme parks are greatly popular especially among kids, but tickets can be expensive. To save money, look at activities that are both enjoyable and much cheaper, if not free. National parks, adventure playgrounds, museums, and bike tracks are sites that can be explored by kids. Beaches are also great destinations that don’t cost as much compared to theme parks, and kids and adults alike can surely find something to do while at the beach.

Head to the local supermarket for food essentials

Know where to shop so you can cut grocery costs. Instead of going to the mall, consider buying food items at a local store which offers items at much lower prices. If you’re planning to have a drink or two, save money by buying a few drinks at a local bottle shop, rather than spend a lot in a bar.

Low cost holidays with family and friends are possible if you plan early and know where to look. These are just some of the numerous ways to go on a cheap holiday in Australia or abroad. It may take some time and effort but it will be worth it once you see that you’ve kept the travel costs down. Bear these simple tips in mind and you’ll be surprised at how much money you can save for your vacation. Spending time with your friends is a lot more fun, too. You can save money and at the same time, have an amazing vacation with friends

Know other budget holidays tips for families who love to travel? You can share your ideas in the comments section.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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