Money Saving Tips for your Next Family Vacation

Tips to Save you and your family money while traveling

Summer is over for another year – deep sigh – but you may still have plans to go away with your family on a vacation. Perhaps those wintry slopes of a ski resort lie in wait, or if the cold isn’t your thing, and your hometown is prone to those annual visits from cheeky Jack Frost, then you may be thinking about heading to sunnier climes. Or you may be thinking about next year, planning your annual family vacation when summer rolls around again. Whatever the case, here are some tips that will help you save money on your travels.

  • Start your vacation fund. If you still have a long way to go before you head out on your holidays, start to put money aside now. The more you save, the more you have to play with when away. You might even start to make some extra cash, so you won’t have to donate huge chunks of your pay into your vacation fund.

Vacation tips for families

  • Book your vacation early (or late).  If you know where you want to go, look for early booking deals with your travel agent, or visit travel sites online. You may be able to get cheaper prices on flights and hotels. Some travel companies also allow you to set up price alerts, so you will be notified by email when prices drop. If you’re not ready to book early, then book late! Conflicting advice we know, but there are sometimes special travel deals for late bookings, as travel companies try to cut the losses of any cancellations.

 

  • Sign up to a travel rewards credit card. A credit card is one way to lose money, but provided you act responsibly, signing up to something like the Amex platinum edge credit card can be cost-effective. Not only will you get a signup cash bonus, but it doubles as insurance, meaning you have a backup should your flight get cancelled, or you lose your luggage.

 

  • Choose a cheap destination. When traveling with kids, nowhere is particularly cheap, especially if you give in to their ‘I want’ demands (hint: don’t!), but some places are cheaper to travel to than others. Consider the cheap family vacation ideas here, as this useful guide may hold the ticket to the next place that captures your family’s heart. Alternatively, head to somewhere that is less touristy. This way, you are less likely to fall prey to hotel and food diners who hike up their prices to ‘steal’ money from gullible tourists.

Travels Tips for Families

  • Research available discounts. When you have chosen a place to visit, research the destination, and look for any discounts that may be available. Some places offer a CityPass for discounted admissions into popular attractions, and there may be family travel passes available that will make getting around a town or city on bus or train cheaper than it otherwise would be.

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These are just a few of the ways you can save money on your family vacation, but if I have neglected to mention any money-saving idea that you use, please share in the comments!

How to Make the Most Out of Your Staycation with Your Toddler

We are not always up for a long haul vacation, especially if we have little kids. They are less patient on the plane, not to mention the motion sickness that affects babies and toddlers. A staycation will not only save you money, but also help you plan your days around your family. To make it a success, however, you will need to make sure that you adjust the programs to the needs of the little ones. Find a few tips below.

Know their Limitations

It is important that you know your kids’ limitations. Take a note how long they can walk, and don’t stretch them further than needed. Ask them about the attractions you are about to visit, so you can see their understanding of the venue and spot hidden fears of animals or spaces you should be aware of. If you are planning to walk longer distances, you might want to get a sturdy stroller, such as the XL3 BEST v2 so you can help them preserve their energy for later and the playground.

Check Age Recommendations

Before you pick your attractions to visit every day during your staycation, it is important that you read the reviews and make sure that they are suitable for your toddler. If there are some challenging paths or the climbing frames are designed for older kids, chances are that your child will not be able to make the most out of the time. You might also want to check whether there’s a child friendly bar or restaurant on site.

Have Outdoor Programs

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Kids love parks and running around. If you happen to live in an apartment, you can spend your vacation finding your favorite playground in the neighborhood or the city, so you can take them out regularly to have some fresh air and exercise. There are also some great toddler-friendly climbing centers and outdoor trampoline places you might be able to discover during your staycation.

Add Variety

Zack (left) and Eden work with clay during craft time at the Peterson Vacation Bible School. This year’s VBS ran July 9-13 and was based on the scripture Phillipians 4:19. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lea Johnson)

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Kids get bored seeing the same places and type of attractions. Spend a day at the zoo, then go to a theme park, and get them to enjoy a paddling pool nearby. Spend a day walking and visit a child friendly museum or exhibit they can get a hands-on experience at and improve their skills. Check local craft centers for toddlers where they can make their own souvenirs.

Have a Picnic or a Special Lunch

To celebrate time together and make your staycation memorable for your kids for a long time, you can plan a special picnic lunch in their favorite park or get them some healthy treats at a local cake shop. Give them a treat for behaving during the day, and you can instantly find a place where you can reward them during school time, too.

Staycations can be a simple solution for young families looking to explore their city and avoiding toddler tantrums. Plan each day carefully and take into consideration your little one’s interest and limitations.

Staying at Legoland Florida Beach Resort

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

*A discounted room rate was offered in exchange for my honest review.*

Staying at Legoland Beach Retreat was high on my priority list when organizing our Florida vacation. I had seen amazing reviews and photos of the Beach Retreat and boy were they right! The retreat features bungalow style housing (designed to resemble real legos!) In between all of the bungalow style rooms is a small playground perfect for kids.

From the rooms, to the pool, to the beautiful landscaping done at the property literally no detail goes forgotten.

I’d have to say one of the biggest reasons I wanted to stay at the beach retreat was the rooms! Take a look at our room below. I loved that there was two separate spaces for the parents and the kids. This is a must for our family when traveling. There is also an outdoor area which we loved hanging out in at night or early in the morning.

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

The rooms also come equipped with plenty of legos for kids! My kids really got a kick of this and the legos that float in the pool. The pool opens around 9:00AM and closes around noon for a few hours. It then re-opened around 4:00PM for those wanting an afternoon swim!

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The proximity to Legoland can’t be beat! They offer shuttles to get you and your family to and from the park all day (but it is literally a 30 second drive). I also loved the dining that was available right at the hotel. Additionally, we explored the surrounding town a bit and found plenty of other restaurants and shops.

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

We will definitely be going back to Legoland and when we do we can’t wait to hang out at the beach retreat! It it’s the perfect family friendly hotel.