There’s nothing quite like organizing your first official family vacation together. It seems so easy to do at first, and you assume everything will go perfectly! All it takes is the first five minutes in the airplane, however, to start realizing that traveling with kids isn’t quite as picturesque as you may have imagined.
In order to keep your sanity then you should know the right tips to make the hard parts a bit easier. Take a look at some of the best ways to save money and your peace of mind when planning a vacation with children.
Consider Renting a Car
If you’re flying into your location where you plan on taking a trip, then it’s logical to think that you’re obviously not going to be able to bring your car. Last we checked cars didn’t fit in the bottom of airplanes.
Once you arrive, you’ll need to be able to get around. Let’s face it, having to wait around for public transportation with a grumpy child isn’t anyone’s idea of a relaxing time.
Therefore, you may want to consider renting a car when you arrive. Having a car at your disposal to get around is worth every penny when you’re traveling with kids. A car rental, unlike cabs, provides your child with the security of a car seat, which is reassuring should you ever get into an accident.
Depending on where you go, you’ll likely end up spending less overall on a rental than if you were to take cabs everywhere.
Consider Renting a House
Renting a room in a hotel with your family isn’t just more expensive, but it’s way too small of a space with kids. In order to be able to enjoy your trip, it’s essential that you’re able to put the kids to bed at the end of the day so that you can stay up and have some peace and quiet on your holiday. You don’t have that option of staying up and making any amount of noise after the kids are asleep you’re all staying in the same room!
Leasing a house or getting an Airbnb is an incredibly convenient and cost-effective form of accommodation with kids. If you’re traveling with another family, you can easily find great deals which are a fraction of the total cost since you’re all splitting the amount.
You will also save money on eating out. Since your leased home will have a kitchen, you’ll be able to cook in a few nights rather than paying top dollar in a restaurant.
Do Your Research
Instead of arriving at your destination totally clueless, it’s best to have done your research ahead of time. Try to get an idea of the lay of the land of your vacation destination from the best restaurants to eat at to where the local parks are.