Summer holiday spending: 10 top tips
Keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can prove a financial strain.
But you don’t need to spend a fortune on flash holidays and family days out to have fun this summer.
Here are our top 10 tips on how to keep costs down during the summer months.
Avoid all-inclusive breaks
You might think you are saving money by booking an all-inclusive family holiday, but you could in fact save hundreds of pounds by staying in a B&B and eating out, new research from Post Office Travel Money shows.
It found that a family of four visiting Malta could save £642 on a week’s break by choosing a bed and breakfast over an all-inclusive deal. So it’s a good idea to shop around.
Check for discounts on family days out
There are lots of discounts for family days out available online.
TopCashback, for example, is currently offering cashback of £5.25 on National trust membership, with which you can enjoy free access to more than historic houses, gardens and monuments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Visit Vouchercodes before June 4 and you can also get a code that provides free entry for your kids to Thorpe Park amusement park.
Swap Ibiza for Gran Canaria
Ibiza is the number one short-haul destination for British holidaymakers, according to a recent study from TripAdvisor.
But swapping the Balearic Island for Gran Canaria could slash the cost of your summer holiday.
TripAdvisor’s figures show that a week in Gran Canaria typically costs £1,000 less than a week in Ibiza.
Find family fun for free
You don’t have to splash the cash to enjoy family days out that everyone will enjoy.
Free options include museums such as the Natural History Museum in London, as well as outdoor playgrounds like Cotswold Country Park & Beach in Gloucestershire and Wilderness Wood in East Sussex. Try your local beaches too. For example, the beach in Boscombe, in Bournemouth, is a short walk from the main Bourenmouth pier and you can park on the side roads near the beach, for free. Enjoy the air festival which is a fantastic air display, from 31 August – 1 September this year.
Sign your kids up for the Summer Reading Challenge
A good book can keep a child entertained for hours, so why not get your kids to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge?
Visit your local library to enrol them in the scheme, which aims to encourage children aged four to 11 to read six books during the summer holidays.
Choose Thailand if you want to travel long haul
An exotic holiday doesn’t have to cost the earth – if you know where to look.
Bangkok is the cheapest of the top 10 long-haul destinations for British travellers, TripAdvisor’s figures show.
A week’s holiday there typically costs just £1,144.
Take the kids to the theatre – for free
Take advantage of free theatre tickets for children during Kids Week, which runs from August 1 to 31 and offers children under 16 the chance to see a wide range of shows in London for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
Find out more on the Kids Week website.
Get the best rate on your holiday cash
Leaving buying your foreign currency to the last minute can be a costly mistake.
So plan ahead and look for a provider that offers 0% commission and competitive rates.
Online companies such as Travelex can often beat the rates you can find on the high street, and will even deliver foreign currency direct to your door, if you are changing enough.
Visit local festivals and fairs
You can find details of free festivals, fairs and events for children in your area on websites such as List and Free Events.
Tourist sites including Visit England and Visit Wales which also list a range of free things to do locally.
Book your flights with British Airways
British Airways is offering free economy class return flights for children under 12 to Belfast, Inverness, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Billund in Denmark, the home of Legoland.
The offer includes the entire journey – both there and back – when children travel with at least one full-paying adult between June 1 and October 31 from London Heathrow or one of the destinations above.
This article was written by Jessica Bown