How to Save Money on a Family Vacation

Sophie Miura

Family vacations are tons of fun, but they can also be expensive. Cutting back on costs doesn't have to mean missing out on activities. Money has gathered simple, smart ways to help you save during your next vacation so you can stress less about your budget and focus more on enjoying family time. Read on for our edit of the top eight ways savvy travelers save money on vacation. 

  1. Travel in the shoulder period. Shoulder periods are times just outside of peak when flights and accommodation are much cheaper. 
  2. Choose a rental. Trade your hotel for a home rental for cheaper rates and access to a kitchen and laundry.
  3. Sign your kids up for frequent flier miles. Sign your child up to a frequent flier program to accrue points over a lifetime. It might take a while to collect points but you'll thank yourself in the long run.
  4. Sign up for deal websites. Find discounted tickets or restaurant deals in advance. 
  5. Check admission costs. Some museums and galleries offer free admission for children or discounts for families on certain days.
  6. Reconsider car rentals. If your destination offers great Uber services, it could be a cheaper alternative to renting a car, which involves insurance and gas costs. 
  7. Shop for unexpected souvenirs. Avoid high-priced tourist souvenir store, and opt for more authentic buys from markets or local fairs. 
  8. Buy groceries. It might be one of the last things you want to do on vacation, but even a quick grocery shop can save you money. Reach for snacks to take on the go and bottled water to avoid high-priced street vendors. 

Ready to plan your next trip? Shop nine apps to download before you travel, then visit Money for more ways to save on a family vacation. 

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