Family Travel Deals
April 19th, 2010
When many of us were kids, “family travel” meant piling everyone into the van with a tent and heading to a campground for a few days, hitting a National Park or two during summer break, or maybe spending some time at the closest beach each year. The concept of “family travel” has evolved quite a bit in the last few decades to include different kinds of trips – and, therefore, different kinds of families.
One thing that’s stayed the same, however, is that taking a whole family on a trip is more expensive than when you backpacked solo around Europe or did that college road-trip with your buddies, if for no other reason than you’ve got more people to think about – which translates into more airline tickets, more hotel beds, and more meals to buy. That, in turn, means it’s even more important to hunt for travel deals when you’re booking family trips.
We’ve posted a series of articles on this site recently that we think will help you plan a family trip without breaking the bank. You can consider this the “table of contents” to those articles, as they’re all linked below so you can find them easily.
The biggest expense of just about any trip is the airfare, so when you multiply the cost of one air ticket by the number of people in your family you can see how the cost of the trip would just start to skyrocket. There are some money-saving tips that will apply no matter how many tickets you’re buying (or how old the travelers are), but some of the tips in this article are specifically for traveling families with kids along.
>> Read more about finding cheap airfare for family travel
All-inclusive deals can be a great option for family travel because they reduce the number of things you have to think about – let alone book – before and during your trip. But unless you take a look at a few things before you hit that “buy” button you might come to discover that all-inclusive “deal” wasn’t such a great deal after all. And that’s no way to end your trip.
>> Read more about what to look for with all-inclusive family travel package deals
As is the case with all-inclusive family trips, a family cruise is another excellent option – especially if you like the idea of only unpacking once and still getting to see several different ports of call. But just like with all-inclusive trips, it’s important to make sure you know all the details of the family cruise you’re looking at in order to be positive it’s a good deal and well-suited to your family.
>> Read more about what to look for with family cruise deals
Adventure travel doesn’t have to mean difficult or strenuous activities, and many adventure trips are ideal for families. You can book a family adventure trip as a package tour (in which case you’ll need to pay attention to the article linked above) or create your own itinerary. There are perks to both options, and you’ll know best which is the best one for your family.
>> Read more about how to find adventure family travel deals
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