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How to save money on your family holiday

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If while planning a family holiday this summer you have started to add everything up and you’re getting more than a little flustered with just how expensive things are likely to be, then don’t worry. There are lots of great ideas for places to go that won’t work out too costly and you’ll still be able relax and enjoy yourself. Below are just a couple of ways that you can save money this summer holiday.

Take the car instead of flying

Whilst cheap flights may abound, they do tend to skyrocket between mid May and September. A great way to combat this is to take the ferry over to Europe and drive to where you want to go. Ferry tickets are cheap and most destinations in Europe not only pass through jaw dropping scenery but can also be reached in a maximum of a day and a half’s drive. Besides, it’s all part of the fun. Far from being a long slog through main roads and motorways, a driving holiday across Europe can be an enriching experience for the whole family. (Related reading: Could you survive without a car?)

Take your car or hire one?

Ferry crossings are naturally more expensive for those with vehicles than foot passengers, so why not board the boat by foot and hire a car in your chosen destination? There are also some very good deals on UK car hire insurance out there, so you don’t need to worry about crippling costs.

Taking your own car may be a viable option too but with the added cost on your ferry crossing, not to mention the rise in premiums you’ll encounter to extend your car insurance to cover European destinations and any breakdown services you subscribe to whilst you’re away, it may make more financial sense to hire one instead.

At least you will know that you are protected at every turn and you can also benefit from some extra peace of mind. Not only will your holiday be more enjoyable as you’ll have less to worry about, you will also have the freedom to go where you want, when you want and for those who love to explore, that’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in a new culture. Also, don’t forget about the money you’ll save and with more money comes more fun.

More money, more fun

In making these savings you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more on your holiday because the money you’ve saved on travel can now be used for admissions to attractions, souvenirs and other holiday spending.

So don’t waste your money on expensive peak season flights and destinations, instead try to think more frugally when you come to plan your next holiday. If you do catch a ferry abroad, enjoy cooking with fresh local produce and take advantage of the free fun attractions and beauty that nature has to offer. After all, a holiday doesn’t have to be super expensive to be enjoyable.

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One Response to How to save money on your family holiday

  1. We drive as much as we can on vacation. Having three little ones means it’s a bit of a nutty drive, but it’s much cheaper than having all of us fly.
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