Is it worth paying more to get the holiday you want?
Over the years I’ve always looked for ways to save money and this has included saving money on holidays. Whether it has been last minute deals, travelling out of season or taking advantage of special offers, I have always liked to save money where possible.
Since having kids though – and especially now I have children of school age – it has become more and more difficult to do this. If you decide to go for the last minute option for example then you run the risk of landing yourself in a place where the surrounding attractions on offer just won’t be all that entertaining for the kids. Sure you could make do, but do you want to? We also have the same problem with travelling out of season. Yes it’s great to grab some cheap accommodation but if most of the enjoyable attractions in the area are closed for the off season, then what’s the point? Like I say, this has only really become a problem recently because our kids are getting older and I want to give them an enjoyable holiday, not just a cheap holiday. It is funny how kids make you loosen the purse strings a little, isn’t it?
So for the first time I’m actually considering booking somewhere well in advance next year and paying that bit extra to book somewhere where I know the kids will have a great holiday. It pains me but I sort of feel that it just has to be done.
It’s a lot extra though
While I do feel willing to pay the price and book somewhere in advance this time around, I still have to say that it is shocking how much prices jump in those prime summer months! I came across a really nice apartment on the North Devon coast with a Sea View and the price jumped from around £600 to £1200 during the summer holidays. It almost makes it worth paying the fine for taking your kids out of school during term time but I wouldn’t want them to miss out on any of their education regardless of the fine, even at such a young age.
Is it worth paying the extra to go the full haul?
So it seems as though I’m going to have to pay prime rates for my holiday this time around and as I’ve said the plan is to book somewhere well in advance to ensure it is worked nicely into the budget and we get the place we want. One thing I’m still undecided on though is whether I should pay even more to rent a holiday cottage or apartment in a prime location with a sea view, like the one I have my eye on? I have a bit of a thing for the ocean you see. Yes it will cost that little bit more again but as I only plan to have one big holiday next year I’m starting to think it might be worth paying that little bit more to get a place that I’m truly looking forward to staying in. After all, who doesn’t want to be relaxing on the balcony with a cold beer looking out onto the ocean, right? Especially when you’ve worked so hard all year?
Am I losing my financial mind or is it worth paying the extra to spend your holiday in an ideal location at the right time of year?