If you’re planning to take an international trip, automatically, there is a lot of planning
that is involved. However, if you are going to take your kids along with you, that definitely
requires a lot more forethought; especially as it relates to making the necessary financial
preparations. While you’re making out your lists, you might be tempted for feel a bit
overwhelmed. After all, vacations can be expensive enough when it’s just a couple’s trip.
But there’s no reason to fret. Below are five tips that will show you how you can
save money on international travel when you’re bringing the kids along for the ride (well
technically, in most cases, for the flight).
When it comes to flight travel. When it comes to traveling
with your children, one of the things that can make flying internationally (or even
domestically) really pricey is all of the bags that you have to check-in. For this reason,
it’s a good idea to pack as lightly as possible, to actually speak with the customer service
agent about checking in your children’s strollers and booster seats (they will usually let
you do this for free) and to sign your kids up to get their own frequent flyer miles. Just
one international round-trip flight can store up a lot of points.
When it comes to car rentals. There’s a pretty big chance that if
you are taking a family vacation overseas that you will be renting a car. Some people
think that it’s cheaper to pack up the car seat(s) that they already have; it is actually
more economical to rent one from the rental place, so be sure to speak with them about
their availability before booking a reservation. If you are traveling to someplace like
Europe, their subway system is pretty convenient and a good rental car alternative.
Speak with the metro and subways companies about any unlimited travel passes that
they may have that can save you a few extra bucks.
When it comes to where to stay. Although you may want to
vacation someplace where all of the “action” is (like a major city such as Johannesburg
or Tokyo), you can actually save a lot of money by opting to stay in a town that is
nearby, instead. Also, look into residing in a vacation home or doing a house swap. That
way, your kids have more space to play and being that it is a home, the transition into a
new space will not be as difficult.
When it comes to eating. Children like to eat and there’s nothing
wrong with that. But, if you find yourself ordering room service every time they want a
snack, that can cause you spend all of your cash in just a matter of a couple of days.
Speak with your hotel about where the closest grocery store is so that you can stock
up on some fruit, vegetables and other easy to store foods that will keep your children
satisfied between meals.
When it comes to shopping. When you’re in the midst of looking
for travel deals and you hear yourself yelling out, “Look honey, I found these Travelocity codes“, don’t forget that promo codes don’t only
apply to the United States. Be sure to take your laptop with you so that you can research
online coupons and discounts to some of the shops that pique you or your kids’ interest
overseas. Also, remember that duty free shopping is tax free shopping and so if it’s a
souvenir that catches their eye, you can probably find it at the airport in the duty-free
section on your way out. A great ending to a great trip.