How to travel on a budget with your big family

Do you feel like having a bigger family has held you back from travelling here at home and abroad? Let’s face it, travelling as a larger group can be challenging and super expensive! But I want to encourage you to keep travelling within your family’s grasp! Hotels are becoming way more accommodating of larger families, and theme parks are extending the typical two adult and two children family passes to include more children. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to focus on tips, hints and real-life experiences of ‘travelling with a larger family’ in my new blog series.

Here are some of my best tips for travelling with my large family of six!

  • Travel in the slow season and be flexible with dates. You can save a lot by going out of school holidays and in low season with both flights and accommodation.
  • Look for accommodation that will sleep your whole family in the one room. We recently toured the USA and found it much cheaper to book a room that slept six than to book two separate rooms.
  • Ask the hotel/resort if they do a discount for a second interconnecting room if you need two rooms. Some hotels offer this for large families, which is great to keep costs down when you need to book two rooms.
  • Try and book hotels that are self-contained and have kitchen and laundry facilities. This way you can cook meals at home to help bring the costs down. It can be expensive eating out 3x a day with a large family when on holidays.
  • Book hotels that include breakfast in the booking rate! With a large family, this could save you up to $100 a day if you have to purchase breakfast out.
  • Go to the supermarket and buy snacks and as many meals as possible to save on eating out.
  • Get the whole family involved in the planning process.
  • Transport can be difficult with a big family. I suggest you hire a large minivan or use public transportation to get around.
  • Look for theme park discounts online before visiting. Sometimes theme parks and specific experiences, offer ‘online-only’ discounts or coupons where you can save money.
  • Pack in as many free activities as possible while travelling like beaches, hiking, botanical gardens, local markets, museums, parklands, etc.

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