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8 tips to save on family holidays

A great family holiday doesnít have to break the bank or take a decade of gruelling saving, especially if you follow these money-saving tips.

1. Itís all in the timing

Aim to travel in the shoulder season when possible to get the cheapest flights and accommodation.

2. Do your research

Donít rush into the first 'bargain' you come across. Using websites such as Skyscanner and trivago allows you to compare prices across different airlines and hotels. Sign up for deal sites such as Living Social and Groupon for your chosen destination.

3. Go self-contained

While we all love a luxury hotel, a self-contained apartment or an Airbnb is a great option when travelling with the family. Not only are they generally cheaper, you have the option to do your own cooking and laundry to save dollars for experiences.

4. Become a spy

Many sites track your movements and once you visit the site multiple times, you may notice their prices go up. Avoid this by using an incognito browser when searching online.

5. Be an early bird

Take advantage of early-bird flights: the closer to your departure date you wait to book, the more expensive the flights will become. Also, booking flights in the early morning or late at night may save you a huge chunk of cash.

6. Mid-week cheat

Mid-week flights are generally a lot cheaper than those scheduled on the weekends.

7. Make it a package

Try to package as much as you can, whether it be flights and accommodation or a hire car, tours with transport included, or accommodation with meals included.

8. Short and sweet

Sometimes all you need is a weekend away somewhere close to home to satisfy your holiday jitters.

This article appeared in volume 53 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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