Cheap Adventurous Family Holidays Abroad

The ease with which so many people can travel nowadays means that more families than ever are deciding to go further abroad for their family vacation. Travel to exotic locations is becoming much more affordable, and budget airlines and competitively priced travel companies make this process a lot smoother than it was several years ago.

 

There are so many destinations around the world that are family friendly and which will enable your children to experience a different culture and gain an understanding of the world beyond that of their own country. Traveling to exotic locations also allows your children to get out of their comfort zone and become independent and resilient individuals. Learning how other people live is something that your children will gain from this kind of experience, and can help them understand the importance of integration and tolerance as well as many other life skills.

 

If you have considered going further afield than you normally do on your summer vacation location, or have already been looking around at places you would like to visit, but are worried about cost, then take a look at the following countries which are budget-friendly holiday destinations.

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If you want an unforgettable adventure on an entirely different continent, then consider visiting SouthEast Asia which includes Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. While this subregion of Asia is renowned for being a backpackers destination, it is also seeing an increase in families who come to visit this beautiful, diverse part of the world. Flights to the various countries within this region can also be purchased cheaply if booked in advance.

 

Malaysia

 

One of the many great things about Malaysia is the Malaysian people who are incredibly welcoming and family orientated individuals who will make you and your family feel comfortable. They are also particularly welcoming and warm towards children! Malaysia is a culturally diverse country that offers an enormous amount of places to visit such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, the Cameron Highlands, as well as countless other destinations. There are also many attractions which cater to children such as Legoland Malaysia and the Sunway Lagoon theme park. Another plus of visiting Malaysia is that it is a very affordable country to visit, with the price of living and traveling within this country is far less than many other nations you might go to for a vacation. Getting around by train bus and plane is straightforward as Malaysia is very well connected. Choosing to rent a home while visiting this country can be much more affordable than staying in a hotel as well as providing you and your children with the comfort and security that comes with a home. There are many ways you can find apartments to rent, and going through a certified estate agent or renting site is the most secure way.

 

Thailand

 

Thailand is now a popular tourist destination for many reasons, not least of which is the beautiful landscape which includes jungle, coast and the infamous hustle and bustle of its capital city Bangkok. Traveling here with a family is easier than you would think, and even if their bus systems are known for being a little chaotic, their trains are renowned for their comfort and relative affordability. The many markets, temples, and cultural attractions will mean that there is something new to do every single day, and the only problem you will have is trying to fit in everything you want to see in the time you are there. Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the well-known islands and beaches offer you a range of different experiences depending on what kind of experience you and your family want to have in Thailand. As with any other country that has a different culture to our own, make sure you are aware of any cultural differences or sensitivities and make sure you keep this in mind when deciding where you want to go. One tip is to bring a scarf or shawl with you when visiting temples as you will need to cover your shoulders.

 

The Caribbean

 

The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean, the crystalline water and the all-year-round sun make it one of the best locations for a family who want a beach holiday. The Caribbean is home to over 7,000 Islands which makes a choice a little overwhelming. There are, of course, many countries and islands that are more well-known such as Jamaica, Barbados and the US Virgin Islands however if you want a unique experience then it might be worth checking out Belize and St Martin.

 

 

Belize

 

Belize is a cheap destination that is home to an incredible array of waterfalls, beaches and archaeological sites. Tourism is on the rise in this country, with it ranking as the second biggest industry in the nation. As a result of this, Belize caters for all types of travellers and English is spoken by many people. The wildlife alone will keep your kids entertained, as well as the underground rivers, jungle tours and Mayan remains which you can experience together as a family. As Belize is well connected to other parts of Central and South America, you might consider visiting neighboring Islands or countries.

 

 

St. Martin/St. Maarten

 

This Island is split between a French and Dutch side, with both sides being easily accessible. Each side has its own culture, with food, languages, and currency being completely different. Despite their differences, both sides share the same laid back attitude and beautiful beaches. This is one of the cheaper Islands of the Caribbean, with the Dutch side being slightly more cheaper than the French. Consider visiting the island with bikes and taking one of the many tours this Island has to offer.

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India

 

Visiting India as a family might not have been on your list of things to do before your children grow up, perhaps in part to the reputation India has as a chaotic and sometimes overwhelmingly busy country to visit. Visiting India, however, is an experience that you will never be able to forget as the colours, smells and tastes of this country are entirely unique. If you still have your reservations, consider visiting Kerala on the south coast of India. Kerala is a family friendly destination with beautiful backwaters and rolling hills, that is a lot more slow-paced and tranquil than perhaps Mumbai or New Delhi but still, allows you to experience the essence of India.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Visiting Prague is an excellent way to enjoy a city holiday without feeling like your children will get bored. This city is simply heaving with museums, open air festivals, markets and shops, including several chocolate factories! This is an affordable place to visit with a large amount of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and apartments to choose from. Walk along Charles Bridge all the way up to the Castle and make sure you stop along the way for some delicious pastries! The famous John Lennon wall is worth going to have a look at as well as the Old Town Square

 

Dublin

 

The Republic of Ireland’s capital is an excellent destination for all kinds of travellers, and the many things to do there means that there are plenty of options for young children to enjoy the delights of this culturally rich destination. Dublin offers all the modern amenities that you would expect, while also providing a rich history and sense of mystery that makes this country so unique. There are a big theatre district, many shops and restaurants and countless museums to entertain everyone. Make sure to check out the National Leprechaun Museum for a fun, interactive storytelling experience for children and adults alike.

 

Tips For A Budget-Friendly Summer

Summer has a way of making us feel carefree; we happily spend more money on treats, family outings, or activities for the kids, only to check our balance in September and realise that we might have taken too much out of the savings account. While it’s true that you can’t put a price on the memories you make with your family, you do still need to have enough put away to make more memories in the future. If you’d like to have your cake and eat it too, here are a few tips so you can have the best summer ever on the lowest budget possible.

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It’s tempting to opt for a staycation each summer because this is when flights are usually their most expensive, and you don’t often know if there’s enough in the budget to book in advance. Fortunately, you can still take the family somewhere exotic with a few money-saving hacks. Flights tend to be more expensive from Friday to Sunday because most people want to make the most of the weekend in a foreign country. Since you have the whole summer holiday to choose from, try to book a flight that leaves in the middle of the week to save a few dollars. You can also save if you aim to travel the week before the kids go back to school, as this is when prices might start to drop. Websites such as Skyscanner can help you compare flight prices across a whole month so you’ll know the cheapest days to fly, saving you a potential packet. Going all-inclusive can save you more money, especially if you take full advantage of the breakfast buffets and the hotel swimming pool. Spanish destinations such as Majorca and Tenerife, or Algarve in Portugal, are always a hit with families, so these are good places to start looking for an all-inclusive vacation.

Camping

The great outdoors can be just as engaging as a games console, and it’s usually free. Although some campsite will charge you to pitch your tent, there’s no cost for sleeping in the back garden with your younger kids, or out in the woods with more mature children. Brush up on some simple survival skills and teach them how to survive in the wild, introduce them to the simple thrill of climbing trees, see who can spot the most species of birds, and in the evening you can show them how to make perfect s’mores over the campfire. Not only does this experience get everyone out of their comfort zone and encourage the kids to work together to put up the tent and start a fire, but it will help them appreciate the things they take for granted at home; hot showers and indoor plumbing seems like a luxury after a weekend in the woods. Most importantly, however, spending time outdoors will teach children how to respect nature and the environment.

Rent out your house

You don’t need to have a second home or spare room to make money from a lodger. If you’re planning on spending a few weeks away, and you live in a popular area, you could make some extra money by renting out your house to other holidaymakers. You can sign up to be a host on Airbnb, put out feelers with friends, or by making a website advertising your house to people looking for nice accommodation for their vacation.

Packing for vacations

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Hard as it may be to admit, your little ones aren’t as little as they were last year, and all their clothes from the previous summer no longer fit. Before you start packing for your vacation, you need to make sure you have enough summer clothes that fit them comfortably, not to mention all the other summer essentials you need to buy like sunscreen, allergy medication, and travel sized toiletries. To make sure you still have enough left for vacation spending money, you can go to the stores armed with discounts from Coupon Sherpa and make substantial savings on clothes and other items. It might require you to do a little legwork and shopping at several different stores, but it’s worth it just to save a few dollars.

Active family

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If you’ve been trying to find a way to motivate yourself to do more exercise, there is no bigger encouragement than your children; not just because you want to be healthy, but because they will drive you crazy when they start climbing the walls with boredom and the only solution is to get everyone out of the house. If you have fairly young children, take them to the park and actually play with them; run around to catch them on the slide, push them on the swings, or try getting involved in their game of tag. With slightly older kids, you could get everyone on their bikes and ride down the coast, whip out the water pistols and having an all-out war, or check your local area and see if there are any events that will get them walking. If you show your children the value of getting out of the house and having a good time, they may never catch on that you’re doing this for the exercise.

Rainy day fun

Despite all your best efforts to get the kids away from the electronic devices and out into the fresh air, sometimes the weather will conspire against you. Fortunately, you can still find ways to keep the kids busy without the lure of technology. One way to keep the kids occupied is by teaching them how to cook. Your options are endless; you can have them help you make the family’s favourite dinner, you can choose a new recipe to try together, or you can teach them how to make a really easy dish so they can begin building their cooking skills. If you have them help you with dinner, be sure to compliment them on their contribution and watch their little faces light up with pride.