5 Ways to Save Money When Traveling with Children

Posted on Jul 11, 2017

CVB Staff
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Traveling with children can be hard to budget. Children need extra care, planned activities and more baggage, which means more spending. Here are a few ways to cut costs and keep your travel expenses at a manageable level.

Book in Advance

Booking in advance is always a good idea but is particularly important for travel during high season when travel fares skyrocket. Early bookings are cheaper, especially when done months before. Book your hotel stay in advance for the best deal, but also don’t forget to check sites like AirBnB. Sometimes, staying in a private home is cheaper than a hotel room.

Watch for Deals

Watch for offers and subsidies. Many hotels have lower prices for children up to certain ages. Keep checking with your preferred travel sites for offers even after you’ve booked your trip. You can always rebook and claim offers if the price difference is worthwhile.

Pack Wisely

Carrying all the essentials means lower costs because you won’t have to buy them at your destination, so pack wisely. Include your children’s toys, books, car seats, strollers, baby cribs, snacks and other items.

Make Your Own Food

If your hotel or lodging offers a kitchenette, make your own food, especially if your children are fussy eaters. You can give your vacation a “home away from home” feeling.

Drive Instead of Flying

Consider a road trip instead of flying to a destination. Communities like Emporia, Kansas are excellent road-trip stops with plenty of low-cost options to entertain little ones (and adults). In addition to saving money, you’ll get to experience local culture and provide the kids with an interesting and educational trip.

Many people see travel costs as restrictive once they have children. Using these tips, you can still enjoy exciting vacations, without breaking the bank.

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