8 Pro Tips for Smart and Cheap Family Travel

Rachel SmithSep 10, 2018

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Traveling as a family can be a great way to explore new cultures and become closer to one another. But how does a family stay on budget and out of debt while traveling?

We’ve rounded up expert advice from 10 family travel bloggers on optimizing family trips for finances and functionality. From traveling with infants to pre-teens, these tips can help families with kids of all ages make smart financial decisions on the fly. Or the drive. Or the hike.

If you fly as a family, as soon as you are able, suggests La Jolla Mom. While many airlines do allow this, Flying With a Baby warns that certain airlines may have . For example, Emirates requires children to be 2 years old to have an account.

When you’re about to pay with a credit card in a store or restaurant abroad, you might be asked if you want the charge to go through in U.S. dollars or in the local currency. Travel Babbo suggests to because choosing U.S. dollars opens you up to the exchange rate, over which you have no control.

Alyson Long of World Travel Family and her family will . They spent five expensive days in Dubai but said that experience was better than staying “a few extra weeks sitting, doing not-much” elsewhere.

Let’s be real; traveling with kids is expensive. From additional tickets to more food being eaten, traveling with a family can add up. The blog Suitcases and Sippy Cups reminds us that . The other half is making money. Find an that can be dedicated solely to travel funds.

Travel Babbo reminds readers that the right travel card can make a . Find a card with no foreign transactions fees or one that earns you rewards. For ideas, check out our .

Consider doing something outside with your family to help keep everyone entertained and the costs down. No Man Before gives us , and is a great reminder that hiking with babies is doable. Madison of Our Vie Adventures  as well. If you’re near the ocean, visiting the beach is also a great option.

If you have little ones, this tip is easier before those children are in school. It’s a Lovely Life says that not only means lower costs, but fewer lines and less waiting.

Some families opt to bring the grandparents along as an extra set of eyes and hands. Travels With Baby says that this can be , but to be upfront about expectations. Make sure things like date nights (for both couples!) are talked about in advance so everyone has a good time.

Ultimately, traveling with family is about spending time together. These words by are a great reminder: “Rather than trying to pack in lots of sights and destinations, take time to settle in one place and really explore all it has to offer.... Not feeling pressure to do everything can be incredibly relaxing and leave you more time to just be together.”

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