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Some of the most cherished memories I have are of the holidays I’ve been on with my kids over Christmas. We’re by no means a rich family, but we try to get away every year, even just for a few days. Here’s what’s worked for us:
Road or Rail Trip It
Flights can be expensive, especially during the Christmas season. If they’re getting too expensive, consider a road or rail journey instead.
The act of getting to your destination can be an unforgettable part of the trip (I remember, for instance, my whole family doing karaoke in the car), and it can be much more fun than dealing with airports and security.
Holidaying interstate can be a breath of fresh air for the whole family, so don’t assume that a great holiday can only take place overseas. Australia is glorious!
If you want to keep it Christmasy, pick destinations that offer things like Christmas markets, parades, carols, fireworks and other events that can help shape your trip and make it all the more exciting.
Book Flights Early
If you do need to fly, book those flights as early as you can to avoid surge pricing.
Other money-saving tricks can involve going with cheaper airlines, looking for deals, using frequent flyer points, and flying midweek rather than on the weekend, when fares tend to be higher.
Things like travel insurance can also help you out if an emergency happens and you have to cancel your flights.
You Don’t Have to Go Far From Home
Don’t overlook what your backyard has to offer! A break over the holidays can easily be had close to home, and it can work with even the smallest of budgets.
Is there a beach that’s easily reachable? A National Park? Or a city? It’s all about changing your scenery, not necessarily travelling far distances.
When we lived in Sydney, we once took our kids camping in the Blue Mountains National Park for Christmas, and it was a hit.
All-inclusive packages can save you a lot of cash. These will often include accommodation, meals and drinks, sports and beach equipment (e.g. kayaks) as well as things like activities or babysitting for the kids.
We’ve taken advantage of this a couple of times in destinations like Fiji and Bali and it’s made for a much less expensive trip.
Cook Your Own Way
This is one of my favourite alternatives to eating out every night, and it’s saved us a lot. Just make sure that when you book your accommodation, you choose something with a kitchen.
Cooking every night can be a cheaper (and healthier) dining option and if you’re kids are old enough; it can be a fun family activity.
When you do choose to take the family out for a meal, it’ll feel like more of a treat as well, as opposed to just another night out on the town.
Spread the Love
Got family or friends who you’d love to go away with? Renting a local holiday house or villa (ideally one with lots of bedrooms) can be an excellent way to split accommodation costs and save.
We’ve done this twice so far and had a blast each time. The quality time together was fantastic and on our last trip, everyone else even took the kids out for a day, leaving us to relax!
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