Family vacations can be a lot of fun, especially when life is hectic and you rarely get to spend any quality time together as a family. That being said, although family holidays can be incredibly enjoyable, they can also be downright expensive. As any parent knows, when you’ve got little ones everything is about money and ways that you can cut costs – it’s no secret that family life comes with plenty to pay for.
So when it comes to going on vacation, the chances are that you want to keep costs as low as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to book a trip that won’t require paying for too much, such as a beach holiday, for instance. Of course, there’s more to cutting costs when traveling with kids than just booking a beach break; you also need to think about how to cut costs when you are there.
Being a dad of four lively little ones, I thought I would share some of my fatherly wisdom with you about the best methods of making your next beach break fun, memorable, and affordable. So without further ado, here’s everything that you should know:
Booking a resort is best
Not everyone is a fan of holiday resorts; some people find them that little bit too touristy. However, if you are traveling with kids and are on a budget, booking a resort really is a good option.
You see, there are often some fantastic deals on resorts, that can help to make your trip more affordable. Often, the best bet is to look at resorts that offer an all-inclusive option, which includes flights, transfers, and food and drinks. This does cost a little more than simply booking your accommodation, but it will save you a lot of money as every aspect of your trip is covered.
Another benefit of booking a resort is that there should be plenty for your little ones to do. Most family-friendly resorts have a range of free activities on throughout the day, from sports events to games and races, there’s always something going on. These types of activities are perfect for keeping your little ones busy while you and your partner spend some time relaxing. (I mean, is it really a holiday if you don’t get a chance to relax?)
Pack everything that you need
Have you ever noticed how much more expensive things can be abroad? A lot of products are much more expensive when buying them abroad, so it’s important to ensure that you’ve packed everything that you could possibly need.
Often, products like sunscreen, for instance, are almost double the price that they are at home if you buy them abroad. This only tends to be the case when you are buying products that are made in your home country, such as sunscreen, for instance. However, there are so many warnings about buying unknown brands of sunscreen that a lot of us are willing to pay the extra to ensure that our little ones are safe in the sun.
To keep the amount that you are spending while abroad down, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have packed everything that you could possibly need. That way, you can make sure that you won’t have to spend large amounts buying things that you’ve already got because someone forgot to pack it.
Don’t just lie on the beach, have fun
When it comes to planning a family vacation, it’s a good idea to think about things that you can do while on the beach. It’s all well and good to spend some time relaxing, but if you’ve got little ones in tow, it’s also nice to plan some beach activities that the whole family will enjoy. A word to the wise, get each child to pack a couple of books, so that when you want to relax, they have something to keep them occupied.
A great way to keep the little ones occupied while on the beach is to have a sandcastle building competition. Team off into two groups and see who can build the most amazing sand castle. Or, if there’s not enough of you to do that, all build one big sandcastle. Sandcastle building can be a lot of fun and can be a great way to keep your little ones occupied. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to make some incredible memories, and best of all, it’s free. All you need are some buckets and spades.
Another way to make your next beach break fun for your family is to go snorkeling. If you are heading to somewhere hot, such as The Balearic Islands, Fiji or the South of France, snorkeling could be a great way to pass the time while on the beach. Instead of buying or hiring the snorkels while you are there – these will probably be expensive, buy them beforehand and take them with you. There are plenty of kits to choosing from, from the u.s divers snorkel set for adults to kits made especially for little ones. Obviously, if your kids have never snorkeled before, it’s probably a good idea to practice in the bath or at the pool before going out into the sea.
The beach won’t keep the kids occupied all the time
In case your little ones get bored of the beach – or you and your partner fancy a change of scenery – research local sites and attractions that are free or low priced. The chances are that wherever you go, there will be plenty of offer to see and do.
So it’s a good idea to take the time to do your research in advance so that you know what there is on offer, should the beach get a little boring. Museums and art galleries tend to be free to visit, as do parks. You will probably find an array of other activities on offer as well – it’s just a case of taking the time to do adequate research.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about planning a fun, memorable and budget-friendly beach break for you and your little ones.