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Family Travel Tips:

How To Save Money When Travelling With A Big Family
By Expert Tips
Date: November 05 2019
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In 2018, the number of outbound trips taken by Australians for holiday purposes stood at 5,385,000, indicating the growing popularity of international travel, according to  a report by Budget Direct. However, approximately 40 percent of Aussies are still to take a trip abroad. One of the biggest reasons why many Australians are yet to travel abroad is the cost of doing so, especially for big families. Travelling from Australia to any part of the world is already expensive for one person; when it becomes a family affair, the costs can be too much to handle. However, there are various things members of big families can do to make travelling more affordable so that they can  enjoy more holidays together and strengthen their bonds. 

Travel during off-peak seasons

When planning your family holiday, you want to avoid going during the school holiday periods in Australia, since that's when most families travel. Different destinations also have different peak seasons depending on various factors, such as the weather conditions there or the occurrence of special events that attract visitors. The  best time to travel to any destination for a big family on a tight budget is during the off-peak seasons, both in Australia and their destination. For example, you can avoid travelling during the Christmas holiday season, as costs can even double during that period. If you really want to travel during peak seasons, you can try to cut costs by booking early. Most airlines increase prices as the departure date draws closer, so it's best to book months in advance when ticket prices are still low. 

Pack wisely

What and how you pack affects the cost of your trips. To  reduce costs to the minimum, the best way to pack is in carry-on bags, as you won't have to worry about the cost of checking in luggage. However, carry-on bags may not have enough capacity for all your family's essentials, forcing you to spend money to buy them when you get to your destination. On the other hand, if you choose to bring check-in luggage, you can save money by ensuring that it doesn't go beyond the weight limits. No matter the type of bag you choose, you want to ensure that it is well equipped to keep your items safe and organised during your entire holiday. For example, hardshell  Qantas Suitcases are ideal for your check-in luggage, since they provide adequate protection against damage especially for electronics and fragile items. 

Choose your accommodation carefully

Hotel accommodation can be quite expensive when travelling with a big family. Luckily, hotels are no longer the best option when considering accommodation alternatives, especially for people travelling as a group. You can find cheaper accommodation alternatives on websites like Airbnb, where you can find entire homes and apartments that are spacious, comfortable and budget-friendly. Choosing the Airbnb option also gives you access to a kitchen, which helps you save on eating out. 
Travelling with family is one of the best ways to strengthen your bonds and create amazing memories that everyone will treasure forever. By finding clever ways to save money, you can make travelling with your big family a reality without landing yourself in financial trouble. 
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