Family Vacations – How to Do the Budgeting

Taking your family away on vacation is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent. It’s a chance to really spend some quality time together doing things that you’ll remember happily for decades to come. Every vacation costs money, but if you budget carefully you can avoid getting into trouble and, when it’s over, you can return home feeling refreshed without extra payments to worry about.

Tips for Budgeting for Family Vacations

Extra costs families face
Anybody who goes traveling has to consider the cost of things like accommodation, transport and food, but if you’re traveling with kids then there are extra costs to consider as well. Infants can be particularly expensive because you’ll probably need extra luggage allowance to take all the things they need, plus you may need to hire extra equipment when you reach your destination. You’ll need to think about the cost of entertaining your children and you’ll also need to budget for babysitting services if you want to spend some time away from them. You won’t have as many options when it comes to things like accommodation and dining because not everywhere welcomes children, and if you are traveling during school vacation time in order to limit the impact on your kids’ education, prices are likely to be higher in most popular destinations.

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Managing children’s desires
Once children get old enough to understand the concept of a vacation, they may well start to develop unrealistic expectations. The influence of television and their peers, in particular, may make them think that kids are supposed to get everything they want when on vacation, and that they should be happy all the time. These expectations can put a lot of pressure on parents. It’s wise to try and manage expectations from the start rather than waiting until children have tantrums because they’re disappointed. Talk to them about your plans and explain what’s likely to be possible and what is not. Steel yourself to say no when you have to. No budget can compete with a child’s imagination.

Money saving tips
Some destinations are a lot more child friendly than others. If you choose carefully, you may find a place where support services for families are provided as standard, as in Barcelona, for instance. You may also be able o find hotels offering family packages, which can include discount access to theme parks, saving you a great deal on entertainment and ensuring that your kids will have tales to tell when they get back to school. Being proactive in supplying small treats like ice cream can make them feel special and delay the point where they start asking for more expensive things.

If money runs out
If you find yourself running out of cash despite your best efforts, you’ll need to have a plan in place to avoid disaster. Using TransFast is a good way to ensure that your loved ones can send you money quickly when you need it, so your vacation won’t be spoiled and your kids can still have a fabulous time.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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