04/17/13

A Unique Way to Fund a Family Vacation

Many times, the burden or task of saving up for a family vacation is left up to the parents. Of course, this is understandable for those with younger children. That’s because they aren’t really able to work. Therefore, they can’t really bring any money to the table. That is, unless they do a little side job like create a lemonade stand, which probably wouldn’t bring in a whole lot of money anyway. On the other hand, in instances where children are in their mid to late teens, they are more capable of helping to provide the finances necessary to go on a family vacation.

Not only would this help the parents not have to deal with the entire financial burden, but it would also teach the children how to be responsible and it would help them to appreciate the retreat much more. So, it won’t just be a trip they are going on because they are forced to go. They will most likely try to enjoy it to the fullest, because they know that they had something to do with making it a reality.

04/21/14

How I Cut the Cost of My Family Travel in Half!

By Alison Lever

How I Save Big Money on Plane Tickets for the Family

Tho cost of flights for a family can be extremely expensive. I have found some great ways to save a lot of money when booking plane tickets. I start my research early for flight prices. I play around with the dates in the online booking tools to try to see how low the flight prices can go. I sign up for the airline’s email distribution list so that I know when the airlines are having a seat sale.

I look at the total price of the flights including tax when comparing costs. Most airlines offer a 25% discount off the base ticket price for children. Due to the fact that the taxes and surcharges may vary depending on the airline and flight path, I might get a better deal on a higher priced ticket that has lower taxes when I factor in the child discount.

Travelzoo is an excellent source for finding the best travel deals. Every week they email me a list of discounted flights, hotels and tours. I have gotten excellent information on cheap flights from Travelzoo such as tickets from Toronto to Lima, Peru for less than $400 including taxes. Travelzoo has different versions depending on where you reside.

I check out the cost of flying out of nearby cities. I live in Ottawa but its a four hour drive to Toronto. The cost of flying out of Toronto can be significantly less than flying out of Ottawa. I can save hundreds of dollars even when I factor in the cost of gas, parking and an overnight hotel.

Plane Ticket Savings

Regular price of ticket Toronto to Lima $896.00 including tax. My price was $396.00 taxes in for each person.

How I Save BIG Money on Accommodations

The cost of accommodations can be quite pricey for a family if you are looking at staying in a typical hotel room. I look for hostels to save money when I travel with my kids. A lot of hostels offer family rooms with ensuite bathrooms at prices significantly less than a hotel. Another option is a serviced apartment where you have access to a kitchen to cook in and lots of space to spread out in. This is usually much cheaper than paying for 2 hotel rooms. I also look for cheap accommodations that are centrally located so that I also save on local transportation.

Accommodation Savings

Cost of the Beijing Swissotel for a family of 4 was $220.00 per night. Cost of the hostel I stayed in was $37.00 for a family room!

How I Save on Local Transportation

When traveling with my kids the cost of local transportation can really add up. I take public transportation whenever possible. If there is a subway at my destination then I use this to move around. My kids also have fun trying to navigate the subway. I try to always book a centrally located hotel close to public transport and close to markets, stores and restaurants.

Local Transportation Savings

The cost of a taxi from my Shanghai hotel to the Science and Technology Museum was $12.00 each way. Cost of the subway for my family of four was $2 each way.

How I Save Loads of Money on Tours and Attractions

I always look for free or low cost attractions for my kids and I to enjoy. We always head to a local park for a few hours. The kids have fun exploring the different playgrounds and usually end up making some new friends too. I always search for free activities, museums or festivals. Organized local tours can also drive up the cost of your family trip. On a recent family vacation to Negril Jamaica I wanted to visit YS Falls for the day. I managed to save quite a bit by hiring a driver for the day and paying our own entrance fee. It was also great to have the flexibility of having a driver as I was able to leave when the kids were tired and we were able to stop for a delicious jerk chicken meal along the way.

Savings on Tours

The cost of an organized tour for a family of 4: $270.00

The price of a taxi driver and entrance for 2 adults, 2 children $145.00

How I Save Money on Dining

The cost of eating on your vacation can take a big bite out of the family travel budget. There are lots of ways to save money on dining on your trips. For breakfast I head to a local grocery store and stock up on fruits, baked goods and cereal (I pack a couple dollar store bowls and spoons). I try to book hotel rooms with a mini fridge and stock up on drinks and snacks as well. I also try to eat where the locals eat. The food is usually cheaper and much tastier than at the inflated tourist restaurants.

Savings on Dining

Cost of the breakfast buffet at my hotel in Paris was $60.00. The cost of some fruit and pastries was $18.00 for the whole family.

Now with all the money I have saved I can go on another family trip!

There are many more ways to save BIG money on your family trips.

Alison Lever is a single mom who loves to travel and is always on the lookout for a great travel deal. She is co author of the family travel website http://www.family-travel-scoop.com. This site provides information on family friendly hotels, activities to do with the kids, and new foods to try in destinations around the world.

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04/14/14

Family Travel – Creating Memories

(Image Source: ezinearticles.com)Family Travel is growing and flourishing as more and more parents with limited time want to spend quality time with their children. In addition there are more and more grandparents traveling on trips with their grandchildren. Family travel can be defined as any combination of family members of any age traveling together for any type of travel. This market doesn’t have the time for researching everything themselves or they get overwhelmed with the mass of information available to them on the web and they are hungry for the expert help of Travel Agents.

According to the Family Travel Network well over 100 million vacations per year include children. It makes family travel one of the fastest growing travel niches.

Family Vacations are in fact group travel especially as many of the family trips include extended family. In many cases this might be the one time a year all the family can get together. Especially in this day and age when work and schooling tends to have families spread across numerous cities either nationally or internationally.

There are families who research and book their travel themselves online, but with time restraints and the abundance of information, and the fact that they may be trying to gather people from various destinations the whole process can become overwhelming. This coupled with problems that can arise from medical emergencies, weather related problems or unforeseen happenings that necessitate changes or cancellations to a trip making it a tedious chore to take on themselves to rearrange or contact suppliers to cancel make it much more feasible to work with a Travel Agent who can take care of any problems that arise on their behalf.

This is were a Travel Agent becomes invaluable as they can present all parties with various programs to match their requests and work with the family until they find exactly what they are looking for within their time frame and budget, and should a problem arise they are your one stop contact to assist in resolving the problem.

Basically the Travel Agent becomes a one stop shop for all of your arrangements. The Travel Agency should be family friendly and know the destination well so they can match the family with the appropriate property or tour. Families with 4 – 12 year olds can readily find resorts with good facilities for the children, however it’s much harder to find properties with good facilities for babies and children under 4, and where do families go to find programs that will keep teenagers happy and occupied?

There are many types of travel available to Families, all inclusive resorts, Cruises that cater to children, custom programs, package tours to places like Disney, adventure travel trips, weekend getaways, timeshare rentals and more. Among popular destinations are Florida and California for Disney and more, Hawaii, National Parks, Winter Activity getaways, RV trips, Farm Vacations, Ranches, Sports programs, International Travel, Christmas Programs, River Barging and River Cruises. These are just a few – the list of opportunities is unlimited.

In general Family groups are looking to create lasting family memories. Parents, Children, Grandparents and Grandchildren live further and further apart than they ever have in history and getting to together has become more and more difficult and time constrained. So any opportunities for a family to get together is a time for bonding and creating memories and spending quality time with other family members. Family Vacations have become the ideal way to get the family together and this niche will grow as families are further separated by work commitments, schools and the economy in general.

Baby Boomers have always wanted to pass onto their children more than they ever had, and now they want to leave behind memories of quality time and experiences that they have spent together as a family.

Avril Betts CHA – Entrepreneur and Business and Lifestyle Coach

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