Do you want to go on a vacation with your family? However, is your small budget kind of hindering you to start planning for an exciting family vacation? Well don’t worry as there are so many cheap family travel rates available out there these days. Don’t be worried about the term “cheap” though because in spite of being on a budget, that does not automatically mean that such kind of vacation will automatically not be as fun as those lavish vacations.
The trick to being able to plan and enjoy, cheap family travel vacations is to always keep an open mind when it comes to planning, budget well, do extensive research on the place that you want to visit. For some truly unique and exotic, not to mention, cheap, Asian destinations have always been a big hit among tourists as it allows them to country hop as much as they want without having to worry about the cost – except for Japan and South Korea. Still, budget travel is well alive in those two countries; you just really have to research well in order to get the best rates possible.
So how will you able to go about this? Easy, for true cheapskates, make sure to plan your holiday on off peak seasons as rates in airfare and hotels tend to significantly drop during these times. Your family might even like the idea of enjoying their vacation in peace given that there are less noisy tourists to be around with. However, if your family is okay with joining big festivities or is looking forward to shopping ’till they drop in massive sales, then the best way for you to score great deals is by booking way ahead of time. This way, you will be able to enjoy the big discounts that airline companies and hotels usually give out for early bookings.
If you are truly bent on making this trip though, do make sure that you start researching on your dream Asian destinations early. For cheap family travel, it is always best to have a plan and a decent itinerary which caters to every member of the family. Make sure that the activities are all something that the kids will look forward to joining. Traveling by group can also be seen as very practical as sharing hotel rooms also help cut down on costs. However, do make sure that your hotel is located at a decent location so that you would not end up spending so much on transportation.
As for food, Asian countries are all popularly known for the many hawker-stalls that about in the streets. These stalls offer great food at very affordable prices, and since it’s the local street food, expect it to be absolutely unique to the country you are visiting and gives you a taste of what the country’s culture is all about. If you or your kids have certain allergies, make sure that you read up on the different food that are popular in the country or city that you are going to visit so that you don’t end up ordering food that will trigger you and/or your child’s allergy. Always bring some medication just in case you or any member of your family develops an allergy and you should also read up on what’s the translation of some thing to their local language so that you’ll know how to ask if a certain food has this or that, thus avoiding possible allergy infections.
Bruce Basic is the expert travel guy based in Singapore. He is founder of http://www.urgentroom.com, a leading hotel search tool which allows users to search and compare millions of room deals globally from a single website. If you need to search hotel and accommodation rates fast, go to http://www.urgentroom.com