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How to Plan Economical Family Summer Vacation


Thu 30 May 2024 | 07:27 PM
Pasant Elzaitony

As the summer holidays commence for most school stages, many families are planning a vacation to recharge their energy, enjoy the sun and fresh air, and indulge in various games, foods, and shopping experiences.

However, how can you achieve these goals while keeping the vacation economical and avoiding financial burdens or debt?

Here are some essential tips for affordable family vacations:

1. Opt for Apartment Hotels:

For families of four or more, renting an apartment hotel is often more economical than booking individual hotel rooms. Apartment hotels usually come with a small kitchen, allowing you to prepare quick breakfasts and save on meal costs.

2. Plan Meals Wisely:

With a kitchenette available, you can avoid spending on all three meals. Preparing breakfast and perhaps one other meal can significantly reduce expenses.

3. Affordable Entertainment:

Instead of attending costly live events, consider family outings like a movie night featuring a favorite actor. This can be a more budget-friendly option while still providing entertainment for everyone.

4. Avoid Peak Booking Times:

Weekend bookings tend to be more expensive. If possible, plan your vacation during weekdays to take advantage of lower rates while still enjoying your time off.

5. Pack Smart:

Shopping experts advise packing all your travel clothes instead of relying on buying new items at your destination. Make shopping an optional activity only if you find something unique that you genuinely need, avoiding often inflated resort prices.

6. Bring Essentials:

Pack snacks like biscuits and crackers, and consider bringing a couple of pre-prepared meat or poultry items for grilling. This can help reduce dining costs.

7. Budget for Dining Out:

Everyone enjoys eating out, so allocate a specific budget for restaurant meals. Review menus online beforehand to avoid price shocks and the uncomfortable situation of having to leave because of unexpectedly high costs, which can negatively impact the family’s mood.

8. Enjoy the Train Ride:

Traveling by train can be a fun part of the vacation experience. Ensure you book your tickets well in advance, at least a week before your trip, to avoid last-minute hassles.

9. Focus on Creating Memories:

Teach your children that the vacation is about making happy memories together, not for boasting or social media posts. Emphasize the value of enjoying each other's company and the experiences shared.

Contributed by Israa Farhan