What Are the Best Ways to Save on Travel?

When you’re a mom, the responsibilities of travel planning may fall on you. You want a great family vacation that will allow you all to enjoy your time and one another.

You want to build memories with your family as a mom, and the rigors of busy everyday life may not allow for that like a vacation will.

At the same time, vacations are expensive, particularly when you’re traveling with kids.

You may want to balance getting the best experience and maximizing your time with staying within your budget.

The following are some general tips that can help you save money on family travel.

 

Look for Packages

If you’re going somewhere that has a lot of attractions and you want to do several of them, start looking for vacation packages. An example is Myrtle Beach.

If you’re planning to travel to Myrtle Beach, there are a lot of different family-friendly attractions, but the ticket prices can add up quickly.

Look for a Myrtle Beach vacation package which might contain multiple discounted tickets to different attractions and in some cases may also include discounts on lodging and accommodations.

What’s great about packages is the fact that not only can you save money, but these packages can also make it easier to plan and organize your trips, since they can offer a built-in itinerary.

 

Be Strategic with Flights

If you’re going to be flying to your destination, there are a lot of ways you can save money on flights. One is to use a travel rewards credit card and accrue miles. Look for a card that lets you earn miles on everyday spending such as groceries and gas.

Some airline cards will only offer generous rewards when you’re spending with the airlines themselves, but others will give you competitive rewards for regular purchases.

As well as using miles or airline points for flights, there are other ways to save money.

You can take the evening flights, which may be cheaper, for example.

If you’re traveling with kids, this may actually be better than daytime flights because your children are more likely to sleep.

If you can be flexible with your dates, you might also be able to save money.

Be cautious of budget airlines too.

Sometimes they can be a good deal for family travel, but not always.

Once you factor in all the added fees, budget airlines may end up costing more than traditional carriers.

 

Saving Money on a Cruise

A cruise, in general, can be a good family-friendly vacation that’s also budget-friendly.

With that being said, there are certain ways your expenses might start to add up on a cruise, and you should be aware of them so you can avoid these extra costs.

For example, excursions when you’re in port, aren’t included in the price of a cruise, and you pay for them later. They can be outrageously expensive, particularly if several people in your family are going.

One option is to avoid the excursion altogether and enjoy the quiet of the boat when everyone is off it. Another is to book your excursions outside the cruise company. This can save you quite a bit, and the companies you can buy from are generally the same ones the cruise company uses.

You can also book a car and serve as your own guide in the ports.

 

Look for Favorable Exchange Rates if You’re Going Abroad

If you’re going out of the country, when you’re selecting a destination, you should think about the exchange rate because you can save quite a bit if it’s favorable compared to the dollar.

Of course, with that being said, don’t go to a dangerous country for the most competitive exchange rate.

There are a lot of places where you can find smaller differences in the exchange rate, and you can still save around 30% on the cost of your trip.

 

Use a Cashback Website

A cashback website is something you can use as part of your booking process, so you get something back for the cost of your booking. There are certain browser plugins that will automatically identify any cashback opportunities when you book anything related to travel.

Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of perks like free breakfast options in a hotel because you end up saving quite a bit each day. Even if you choose a hotel that doesn’t offer free breakfast, you may be able to contact them directly and negotiate to have it included with your stay.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Clever Ways to Save Money for Your Next Family Vacation

 

Family trips are great ways to bond with your children and take a break from your daily routine. For parents, this includes work and household chores while children get to take a breath from their school and homework routine. It’s a win-win for everyone, however, we all know that family vacations can be pricey!

 

When planning a trip with the entire family you need to consider the following:

  • Airfare
  • Home rental or hotel
  • Food and supplies
  • House/pet sitter if necessary

These are only a few of the expenses you’ll face when planning a vacation and as you can see, it all adds up quickly. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money for your trip and have an enjoyable family experience without breaking the bank!

Here are 5 ways you can save money for your next family vacation:

  1. Be Flexible with Dates

If you’re on the hunt for the best rates when it comes down to airplane tickets and hotels, stay away from holidays or weekends. Instead, consider mid-week stays. If you’re certain of the destination you want to go to, compare costs throughout the year. Sometimes flying out a day earlier or later makes all the difference.

  1. Stay Outside the City

You’ll be surprised by how much you can save when you decide to stay outside the city center. Because these are tourist attractions you’ll be looking at higher pricing as opposed to staying at a hotel outside this area. The benefits of doing this include saving money but also sleeping in a quieter area. You’ll also be able to see another part of the city that you wouldn’t have visited if it wasn’t because you decided to stay a bit outside the city.

  1. Save Money in Unlikely Places

Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars if you made simple changes like lowering your electric bill? You can do this by watching less TV and turning off those lights when they’re not needed. Some people also like to unplug appliances like their toaster and microwave to lower electric bills.

Moreover, compare energy rates to see if there is a less expensive provider in your area. There are companies like Power Setter that will do the busy work for you and help you save on your energy bills. You can get more information from the Powersetter website and be on your way to family vacation savings!

  1. Rent Out Your House

If you’re comfortable with this idea, you can rent out your home while you’re away. This is a great way to make some money while you’re out traveling with your family. It will also give you back most of the money you’re already spending on renting out a hotel or home while away.

There are several companies like Airbnb that makes the process of setting your home up for home rental easy. We also recommend you hire a professional cleaning service to clean up before you get back home. It will be as if no one was ever there!

  1. How About a Resort?

Resorts are a lot of fun and make vacationing easy. There are hundreds of family-friendly resorts to choose from that will fit your budget! The reason so many families decide on going to a resort is because they’re usually all-inclusive. You’ll have a place to sleep, eat, swim, lay out and have fun without having to worry about transportation or where to dine out.

Using these 5 tips will help you save money when planning your next family vacation. We wish you the best of luck and happy travels!

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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What To Do On A Weekend In London

When you’re thinking of visiting Europe, you’ll find that there are some locations that you just have to make time for. Like London. And while you may not want to spend an entire week there, you could certainly enjoy a great weekend. Here’s what you had to do while you’re there.

Visit The Attractions

To start with, you’re going to want to make sure that you get to see some of the sights. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, there are so many notable sights in London, that’s it’s nice to be able to see as many as you can while you’re there.

Go Shopping

Of course, whenever you’re in London, you are then going to want to make sure that you can hit the shops too. The British capital is known for its shopping, and you’ve certainly got a lot to choose from here. Oxford Street with its copious amounts of stores, Selfridges with its many floors, and even Westfields, the largest mall of them all!

See A Show

And finally, you’re definitely going to want to make sure that you see a show. When it comes to visiting London, there’s always a lot that you can do. But one of the main attractions for a lot of people is the excitement of a West End show. So, make sure this is on your agenda. The only issue is, what should you see? Take a look at the infographic below to decide.

 

 


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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Bandung: A Mysterious Palace, Modern Architecture And Earthquake Simulation

 

 

Known for it’s amazing colonial architecture, Bandung is continuously evolving into a modern city right before our eyes. It’s one of the most visited cities in all of Indonesia. It’s trying to rival the cities of the modern Western nations of New Zealand and Australia which are just off to it’s eastern coast. However we see that it’s also trying to be contemporary, and rise above its neighbors in many ways. You get a sense that the lifestyle of the residents is truly being studied and catered for. It’s one of the best places to visit purely for this reason because you get to witness how the city is also trying to adopt a more Western approach to it’s infrastructure. Thankfully however, it’s also not going to forget it’s heritage anytime soon. One of the must-do things is to visit some of the more traditional Indonesian buildings like the temples. But just how is it becoming more modern?

 

A tectonic simulation

As many of us know, Indonesia is situated in a place on the earth that has many natural challenges. It’s one of the few places on earth that has volcanoes, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis. This is a great place to learn if you’re a scientist and hence why the Geology Museum is definitely one thing to keep your list of things to experience in Bandung. Inside you will find a life size skeleton of a mammoth. The huge tusks and even bigger spine is something to behold in person with your own eyes. There’s lots of information about the nature of the islands but one thing you must try is the earthquake simulator. For those that don’t live in a country where you get many tectonic plate movements, this is something you’ll never forget. The first time you can feel the ground beneath you move at a great pace and vibrate, you’ll form a newfound respect for mother nature. It’s not dangerous at all so you can bring along your children if you want to also.

 

A place to stay

As aforementioned the city is full of colonial architecture. What you see in the heart of the city is really a mixture of post-modern and art deco. It’s a great take on these styles but it has it’s obvious twist to it. However when you have come this far, maybe staying in the epicenter of the city is not really what you want if you’re looking for quiet. Check out rumah dijual di bandung houses which you can buy and or rent. Depending on the size you require for yourself or for your family and friends, you can choose from the different kinds of neighborhoods and home styles. The common kind is that of 2 or 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Much like you see in amazing cities like London and New York, modern urban block homes are available too. They wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo, Paris or Madrid because they have adopted the Western style completely.

 

 

Exploring the ancient world

Indonesia has been the set for countless movies. It’s a land that mixes exotic landscape with ancient mystery. It’s a good thing then that Ratu Boko is still remaining a focal point for the city. It’s an ancient palace made of a hardened black rock. It was a fortified settlement for the ruling family of the country in the latter part of the 8th century. Some say that the site is even older than that but the mystery remains unsolved. There are three staircases that lead up to a plinth which you can experience as there are no off-limit sections. Some believe that the fortification was used as the main residents of the ruling family as there are around 4 gates in total to which you can exit and enter. This would mean that supply lines were coming from all around the country. All around the site is a large flat terrace which makes this the perfect site to built a stronghold from as you could see any hostile forces approaching. King Boko is now a folklore figure and the locals have many different tales about how he lived and what kind of impact his reign had on the city of Bandung.

Bandung is an incredible city that is in the midst of a transformation. You can see how much the architecture has changed over the years. It’s one of the first cities in the continent to adopt modern Western urbanized architecture and house-building techniques. The museums and shopping malls are pretty much on par with any neighboring nation too. The earthquake simulator is something you have to experience while you’re here.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Summer is Coming: Holiday Fun the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Now that May is officially upon us, we can safely start to plan our summer holidays without feeling premature. There are still some great deals out there, after all, and particularly if you plan on vacationing in August rather than the middle of July.

 

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The only problem with these family holidays is, of course, the endless moans about being bored unless you’re constantly keeping your kids entertained.

While it might be tempting to just hand them an iPad each and call it a day, you’d still like them to experience the kind of summer you used to have as a kid; you know, the one where you laid by the river for hours, getting slightly sunburned and eating ice cream all day.

Luckily, there are ways to accomplish this without having to ruin your own hours of relaxation this holiday. Here is a handful of fun family activities that will keep your kids entertained and give you the cookie points you need to enjoy a full afternoon without any nagging.

First: Relaxing the rules a little

A part of leaving work busy work-mind behind means that you should also try to leave your busy parent-mind behind slightly. Of course, you’re still the parent and in charge regardless of any holidays, but it’s good for everyone to feel that the rules are a bit more flexible once in a while.

Allow your children to go to bed a little bit later, for example, let them have that extra ice cream if they want it, and try to wake up in the morning without having an agenda for the day. It gives you that sense of freedom you crave in your everyday-lives and makes the whole holiday-vibe a lot nicer.

Wake up a bit later, spend the entire day by the pool and go to bed a few hours later than usual – it will make it feel a lot more like a holiday.

Next: Spending the afternoon in a boat

It’s summer, after all, and you’re not going to feel like you experienced it fully if you spend every waking hour in the hammock with a book – however tempting it may be. Try to find some family fun that you will enjoy just as much as the kids; being out in the water is definitely one of those and it’s something your kids will remember as they grow up.

You can start by checking out some local boat rentals or even a yacht Miami rental site if you have some extra money to burn. That way, you might be able to make a proper boat trip out of it and the kids will definitely have something to tell their friends about when they’re back home.

Try to think about everything that you enjoy doing that the kids will also enjoy – and that will get them to spend some of that energy they’ve got bundled up. Go on a hike, for example, see the scenery and give them a sense of adventure at the same time.

While watching movies and browsing the web are great activities for when you’d like to unwind, your children will definitely get restless and rowdy with time; get out there, experience the surroundings together, and they’ll be soundly asleep so that you can enjoy the evening a bit.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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