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Debt expert Tolu Frimpong considers ways in which families can still enjoy holidays without breaking the bank
Planning a Summer holiday that’s both enjoyable and debt-free is a goal that many families aspire to.
Following some savvy tips can ensure you have a memorable trip without breaking the bank.
This blog post explores practical suggestions for achieving a debt-free summer holiday with your kids.
So, let’s delve into eight tips to make this summer holiday a financially responsible yet enjoyable experience for your family.
1) Set a realistic budget
The first thing you want to do is assess your financial situation and determine a reasonable budget for your holiday. Allocate funds to different categories such as travel, accommodation, meals, and activities. Having a clear budget will help you effectively manage your expenses and avoid unnecessary debt.
2) Flexibility with dates and destinations
Consider planning your holiday during off-peak periods and exploring less popular destinations. By doing this, you can take advantage of lower rates and fewer crowds by avoiding peak travel times. Additionally, choosing unconventional destinations can offer unique experiences while saving you money.
3) Clever accommodation choices
Explore alternative accommodation options beyond traditional hotels. Consider caravans, home exchanges, or even camping to reduce accommodation costs. These alternatives will provide financial savings and add a sense of adventure to your holiday.
4) Leverage loyalty programs and memberships
Make the most of loyalty programs offered by airlines, hotels, and car rental companies. You can access exclusive discounts, perks, and rewards by signing up for these programs.
Additionally, research memberships or discount schemes provided by organisations such as National Trust or English Heritage to further enhance your savings.
5) Get clever with meal planning
Eating out can quickly skyrocket your holiday expenses, especially when travelling with children. Try opting for self-catering accommodations that allow you to prepare your own meals.
You can also pack picnic lunches or explore local markets and supermarkets for affordable and fresh ingredients. Making these minor adjustments can significantly reduce your dining costs.
6) Embrace low-cost activities
Discover free or low-cost activities and events in your chosen destination. Research local festivals, community events, or outdoor concerts that offer enjoyable experiences without the hefty price tag.
Also, explore nearby parks, beaches, and hiking trails for nature-filled adventures that will not break the bank. Visit museums, galleries, or historical sites that offer discounted or even free admission for families.
7) Research free educational opportunities
Take advantage of free educational opportunities during your holiday. Look for workshops, nature walks, or educational tours that provide enriching experiences for your children.
By doing this, not only will they learn something new, but it will also be a cost-effective way to keep them engaged and entertained.
8) Take advantage of local tourism discounts and passes
Check with local tourism offices or websites for discounted passes or bundled ticket options for popular attractions. These passes can offer significant savings, especially if you plan to visit multiple attractions during your holiday.
Embarking on a debt-free summer holiday with your kids is achievable with careful planning and thoughtful choices. Following the eight savvy tips in this article will help you create lasting memories while staying within your budget.
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Tolu is a Money Coach and Content Creator, passionate about helping others break the payday-to-payday cycle and achieve their financial goals, through the power of intentional budgeting, saving and investing. When she’s not talking about money you can find her spending time with her 3 boisterous boys.