The annual family holiday gives everyone in the family the chance to reconnect, relax and make some very special memories. As your family grows the cost of going on vacation can grow too, making it seem almost impossible to get away without accumulating a debt you will be paying off until next your holiday. Ditch the stress and plan ahead to save money and stay under budget while having the best holiday ever.

Book ahead of time

Although anything last minute in your life probably expired with the addition of little ones, resist the temptation to book a trip on the spur of the moment. Last minute equals expensive and even if you get your plane tickets cheap, your accommodation price could be through the roof and vice versa. Plan ahead and save your pennies, we recommend checking out Webjet for affordable family holiday packages. 

Going overseas

Planning an overseas getaway, remember to consider the basic things like currency conversion and make sure to research which companies provide the best exchange rates to convert your hard-earned dollars so you aren’t losing out.

If you love it, book in next year

Stayed somewhere amazing and want to visit again next year? Before checking out, check in with reception staff to see if the dates you want are available for your next family getaway. Often hotels and resorts provide a discount for advance bookings in non-seasonal times.

Book activities ahead of time

Let’s face it, your family holiday is going to involve at least one visit to a kid-friendly local attraction. Whether it is a zoo, theme park or waterpark, once you know your travel dates keep your eye on discount sites for reduced ticket prices. Also, do some research, have a scan to find local parks, playgrounds, and beaches close to you… these outdoor activities can be just as much fun and provide hours of entertainment.

Dreaming of your next family holiday but don’t quite have the funds right now

Don’t be ashamed if you can’t quite afford to pay upfront for your family holiday. There are many ways to get around this and lots of organisations our there to offer support. Check out CUA’s personal loan schemes here which is designed to help families plan their dream getaway.

Think about the timing of your holiday

Travelling during the Christmas break is often the best time because almost everybody has a break of some description. The problem this presents is that prices skyrocket for accommodation and travel! If you can achieve this, think about splitting your annual four-week break over Christmas into two, two-week breaks during the June/July and September/October holidays. Not only will you save a heap of money by going when it’s off-peak, but your family will be able to create two separate lots of memories that will be remembered forever.

With some well thought-out planning and plenty of time in advance, your dream family holiday will be here before you know it.