How to Budget When Booking Your Family Holiday

Posted on 30 Jan 2018 by Anna Scott
It can be one of the largest outlays of the year, but there’s no reason why you have to fork out for everything all at once when it comes to your big annual family holiday. There are so many ways to cut or spread the costs that can make the whole thing feel much less daunting – all it takes is a little extra planning…



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Low Deposit Holidays

Although this isn’t actually saving you any money overall, it can certainly help you stick to a holiday budget. Not many people have all the money available upfront, and although it’s quite common to make a down payment early, these can still be quite hefty. On the Beach are an online travel operator than provide a selection of low deposit holidays especially for families on a tight budget, letting you put down an initial payment of just £50 per person. You can then pay the rest of the deposit 31 days later, and then the outstanding amount 2 weeks before you travel.

Kids Go Free

Perhaps one of the best benefits of package family holidays is that there are many which come with free child places. These are now offered by most large travel operators but it’s still worth doing a few price comparisons to make sure you’re getting the best possible value. For example, check whether the adult prices are in line with similar packages that don’t offer free child places and work out which is the best option overall.

No Frills Hotels

How important is the star-rating or quality of the hotel to you? We’re not talking safety because obviously you want a hotel that has high standards whatever your budget, but rather the availability of amenities and home comforts. Realistically, how much time are you going to spend in your hotel during your holiday? If you’re looking for lots of hotel-based activities and somewhere with a good pool, then fair enough. But if you’re a slightly more adventurous family and know you’ll spending your holiday out and about, consider saving money by cutting back on those hotel frills and extras.

Self-Catering vs. All-Inclusive

You might automatically assume all-inclusive is going to be the more expensive of the two, but many all-inclusive holiday packages are now much better value for money. If you’re debating the costs and advantages of each option, break down the price per person, per night to get a better idea of the value. Estimate how much money you might be spending on food when self-catering, and also if going all-inclusive – there’s a good chance you’re going to want to eat out a few times while you’re there and maybe more if the hotel food isn’t up to scratch.

Book Car Hire and Airport Parking Early

You remember those helpful points we made about finding low deposit holidays? Well some of the money you save in those early stages can be put towards booking any car hire or airport parking you might need. We highly recommend you sort all this out as soon as you’ve booked your holiday, because the longer you leave it, the more expensive it’s going to get. BCP Airport Parking search lots of different parking providers to keep their prices low and with our promotional codes, you can get a bit more money off your total cost.


Although last minute holidays come with a good reputation for price, booking as early as possible gets you much more choice, something that’s incredibly important if travelling as a family. Hopefully these tips can keep your overall costs down, leaving you with a bit more spending money once you’ve landed!

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