How to Save Money on Family Travel


©Exploramum and Explorason – camping in the desert in 2014

Travel expenses may not be your first priority when managing the family budget, but chances are, it’s up there on the top of the list when it comes to the ones that you care about the most.

Since traveling together as a family can be just as much of an emotional investment as it is a financial one, many parents aim to plan as many family trips as they can in order to ensure that they create fun and happy memories for their children.

But, traveling together as a family doesn’t always come cheap – there’s transportation, accommodation, food, and more to think about – leaving many parents unable to afford it all.

Thankfully, there are plenty of different ways to save on family travel, and whilst we’ve listed some of them here:


©Exploramum and Explorason – camping in Croatia

Stay at Home

When it comes to making fond travel memories, there’s no need to leave your home country!

‘Staycations’ in the UK are becoming more and more popular, not only amongst parents of small children but also with other travelers who are hoping to see some amazing sights and save their money at the same time.

Staying at home makes it much easier, as there’s less to worry about – no checking in for flights, exchanging money, or dealing with roaming charges!

Road trips are an amazing way to spend time with your family, so if you or your partner need a driving license, check this site out for some practice theory tests to help you get one.


©Exploramum and Explorason – affordable vacations are an alternative to luxury travel

Alternative Accommodation

When it comes to housing yourself and your family, hotel prices can often be difficult to fit into your budget.

Finding a hotel that’s comfortable and has all the amenities that you need, as well as having a room or rooms large enough to safely house all of you for the duration of your trip, can often be expensive.

Hua Hin

©Exploramum and Explorason – watching the super moon (full moon) on the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand where we rented an apartment and cooked our own meals

Seeking out alternative methods of accommodation, for example renting a full house or apartment, staying with family or friends, or even considering a caravan or campsite to stay at can help you save money and be more comfortable at the same time.


©Exploramum and Explorason – kids love to camp too


Going self-catering might not be the full break that you wanted, but it can still be a lot of fun whilst being cheaper at the same time.

Staying all-inclusive in a hotel can soon add up when you’ve got little ones with you, and there’s always the added worry that the kids won’t like the food that’s served up, especially if you’re planning to travel abroad.

Before setting off, packing food along with your other belongings can be a good way of saving money and also making sure that everybody’s happy.

Do some research onto supermarkets in the area where you are staying, too – dining at restaurants can be great for family holidays, but it can also cut into your budget so it’s good to have meals for packed lunches and snacking readily available.

How do you do family travel on a budget?

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.


©Exploramum and Explorason – picnic lunch

Writer: Maggie Hammond – a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.
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