Top tips for travelling with big families
Holidays with Kids rounds up the top 10 tricks of the trade for families travelling with an above average size clan these school holidays.
1. Booking a hotel
Book adjoining rooms, upgrade to a suite or consider an apartment, so there’s plenty of space for everyone. Wyndham Hotel Group has excellent family-friendly apartment hotels right across Australia.
2. Rent a house
Renting an entire house through Airbnb, or directly through a travel agent, can be a real lifesaver for families.
3. Pitch a tent
Camping is a fun alternative. Providing you have enough room in the car, you can pack as many tents as you need and even inner city sites offer enough space for the largest brood to pitch camp.
4. Stay at a YHA
Part of the world’s largest network of backpacker accommodation, YHA has over 80 hostels in Australia, plus over 4,000 in another 90 countries worldwide. With no booking fees and discounts on tours and transport in some of Australia’s most beautiful locations, a stay at YHA isn’t just for backpackers, and is well suited to big families. By joining the YHA membership programme for just $25 a year you can receive 10 per cent off accommodation plus additional travel discounts, a great help to the family holiday budget.
5. Road tripping
Flying can be expensive, especially during peak travel times, which can break the holiday budget. If driving is an option, it’s a great way to travel the country and stay on budget. The only cost is fuel and a few dollars for roadside ice-cream stops.
6. Take to the skies
While it comes with risks, booking last minute flights can be a great way to fly cheaper. Airlines cut prices when they need to fill seats on the plane, so their logistical nightmare could be your ticket to the tropics!
7. Be social
Your social media addiction could be your holiday meal ticket. Airlines and travel agencies understand the power of social media and often promote their best deals through Facebook.
8. Pack like a pro
If you’ve got a collection of kiddies pack everyone’s swimmers, PJ’s and underwear in the same suitcase to eliminate that frantic digging through the bags when it’s time to hit the pool or curl up into bed.
9. Manage the munchies
When you’re on holidays no one wants to skimp on delicious meals. But be sure to pack plenty of snacks from home or stock up at the local supermarket when you reach your destination to save money, and your sanity when the kids are peckish.
10. Free attractions
When looking for attractions, compare the cost as a family to the amount of fun you’ll all have. And factor in free attractions – a walk through the local national park or a day spent at the beach can be the best bit of your holiday.
The website ‘six suitcase travel’ filters hotels worldwide that can accommodate up to eight people per room, with more than 20 options in the Sydney CBD alone.