Holidays are some of the fondest times we share together as a family, however, saving the pennies and making them happen is often difficult to do, especially if you have a large family.
But you don’t need to break the bank to be able to enjoy a holiday both you and your children will remember for years to come. With holidays right here in Great Britain becoming ever more popular, family breaks are also becoming more affordable, but there are still ways to put your holiday money to better use. There’s potential to save a fortune not only on accommodation but also food, days out and other expenses that may come up with a holiday, meaning your money will go further.
When it comes to saving money on your accommodation, self-catering is the way to go. Caravans and chalets are just some of the options, but for plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your stay, a holiday cottage is the best option and there are plenty available for an affordable price. Prices for a family of 4 on holidaycottages.co.uk start from £415 per week – that’s just under £15 per person per night! Many cottages are also dog-friendly, so if you have a pet, you can also save on kennel costs by bringing them too.
Another perk of going self-catering is you can save money on food too. With hotels and bed and breakfasts, there is no option to prepare your own meals, meaning the costs soon add up on meals out every day – and then of course there is the challenge of catering to fussy eaters. Using self-catering accommodation means you can stock up on all your favourite food and drink in the supermarket and tuck into some of your favourite meals without a hefty price tag.
Even if you do opt for a self-catering holiday, it’s still nice to treat your family to a meal out together – you are on holiday after all! One way to save is with discount cards. There are now several available, with two of the most popular being from Tastecard and Gourmet Society, offering discounts and 2 for 1 deals in restaurants across the UK. They include several top chain restaurants such as Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquito and Pizza Express, but also a selection of local restaurants too.
Another great way to save with the family is to look out for kids eat free deals. Look out for these on boards or posters outside restaurants and pubs when exploring your holiday destination. There are also several chain restaurants which run kids eat free offers, such as Beefeater, Giraffe and Las Iguanas.
You needn’t spend a fortune to enjoy a day out with the kids – in fact, the UK has so many great things to see and do which are completely free of charge. In the summer, you can’t beat a day at the beach – just pack a picnic, some sun cream and go! Parking aside, this is an extremely cheap day out.
The UK is also home to 15 National Parks, with hills to climb, rivers to splash in, amazing places to discover and plenty of stunning backdrops for the perfect family photo. Again, parking would be the only charge to pay – a brilliant day for under £10 guaranteed! Little explorers should also give Geocaching a go – a GPS treasure hunt with thousands of caches to find across the country.
On a rainy day, a museum offers the perfect free day out. There are several museums across the UK which have catered to children with plenty of hands-on exhibits and things to do, meaning your kids can have fun and learn something at the same time. Among our favourites are Cardiff’s St Fagans National History Museum, Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland and Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum.
The National Trust also offers over 500 different days out, from beauty spots to historic houses and castles, and for £120 a year, you can enjoy family membership and free unlimited access to all of its attractions. There’s the added bonus that under-5s go free too.
If you’re looking to visit some of the more costly and popular attractions, take a look at the Kids Pass. The Kids Pass offers discounts on huge UK attractions such as Go Ape!, Diggerland, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Bristol Zoo.
Time for a holiday!
With so many simple ways to save money, you can hopefully put those pennies to better use and enjoy a fun-packed family holiday you’ll never forget.
Got any other ways to save money on family holidays? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear them!