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Tips for Having a Great Family Holiday on a Budget

For many families in the UK these days, being able to enjoy some quality time away together has become a real struggle. Family holidays are an important tradition for many households, but with the ongoing challenge posed by the economy, many have had to think twice about having that all-important break.

The good news is that you don’t have to do away with your family holiday altogether as a result of increased financial strain: you simply need to think smart and find ways to enjoy time away together within a set budget. There are a number of steps you can take to cut the cost of your family holiday without compromising on how much fun you have.

4 steps to an affordable yet fun family holiday 

If you want to avoid the need to settle for staycations rather than heading off to the sunshine for a week or two, there are a number of tips to help make a great family holiday abroad more affordable. Some valuable tips to help cut the cost of your next family holiday in the sun include:

  •    Opt for a villa rather than a hotel: It can be far cheaper to rent a villa or apartment for a week or two than to pay for hotel rooms for the whole family. You will also get to enjoy far greater freedom with an apartment or villa. On top of this, you can enjoy self-catering facilities so you can avoid the need to spend a fortune on eating out.
  •     Find low-cost flights: You can get some great deals on low-cost flights with reputable airlines. This means that you not only get to travel to your destination in comfort but also get to enjoy some really great deals on the airfare.Check out great deals on affordable flights to save some cash. You can get some great prices for trips to places such as mainland Spain, Lanzarote or Tenerife, among others.
  •   Find free entertainment: A large chunk of the cost of a holiday is the money you spend while you are away. In order to cut the cost of spending, do a little research before you head off and find out what sort of free entertainment is available in the place where you’re heading. This could be anything from festivals and events with free entry to museums and parks offering free admission.
  •    Consider all-inclusive: Whether you are staying in a villa or a hotel, the chances are that there will be some all-inclusive option available. If you are travelling as part of a family with hungry kids in tow, all-inclusive could be a great option. Although you might pay more upfront than you would for self catering, you could save a fortune on the cost of drinks, meals, and snacks while you are away.


These tips can help to ensure you have a great holiday in the sunshine while also enabling you to keep costs down.



  1. Olivia Rubin on May 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I fear that my husband and I will never vacation again because I am due with our little girl in October. We have traveled extensively through Europe and our honeymoon was in Croatia. Lately we stayed in bed and breakfast that are run by families that own a large lot of land. Hope to be able put some of your tips into practice sooner than later

  2. Carla young on May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Great tips! Now that we have a LO I’m going to look at villas instead of hotels.

  3. deanna on May 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    free entertainment can sometimes be so fun!

  4. Narathip Wall. on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for the tips. I love all inclusive. Very easy to control the budget. 😀