Family holiday season is upon us, but it can be a challenge to make special memories with loved ones on a travel budget. Digital travel platform Agoda comes to the rescue by sharing 7 travel hacks to help save big on the next family outing.
“We want planning a family vacation, whether it’s with immediate family or a multi-generational trip, to be a fun experience, filled with anticipation, and above all easy to do” says Cleland Robertson, Country Director of Malaysia and Brunei at Agoda. “We help all travellers on Agoda find the best possible deal, no matter the group size or travel purpose. And hopefully the tips below will help just that little bit extra to make sure the family’s travel budget is spent as wisely as possible.”
#1: Bundle together, save together
While getting on a plane can be quite the adventure for the kids, it may take a sizable chunk out of the travel budget. The best way to save on airfares is by bundling the flight with the accommodation. This often results in additional discounts, leaving more for fun activities at the destination.
Did you know? Agoda has a special ‘Flight + Hotel’ tab where you can search the best bundle deals for your desired destination.
#2: Start the day with a good (and included) breakfast
It’s crucial to start an activity-rich vacation day with some proper breakfast. But feeding those hungry mouths out of pocket every day can add up! Booking an accommodation with breakfast included not only can save lots of money, but it also provides some peace of mind – the coffee is already brewing, the bread ready to toast. Just make sure you wake up on time!
Did you know? You can filter results to only include accommodations that offer free breakfast.
#3: Go Deal-hunting
Travel platforms often introduce special discounted rates for occasions like ‘double-days’, pay-day, upcoming holidays, and many other reasons. It’s worth keeping track of those, and you may even stumble upon some ‘secret deals’ with stacked discounts.
Did you know: Agoda shares secret deals in its newsletter?
#4: To Book Refundable or Not to Book Refundable
If like most families you have fixed travel dates due to school term breaks, great savings can still be made if you opt for the non-refundable lower price deals. If you need some flexibility with the dates of travel you can compare room rates and conditions for the deals that suit you.
Did you know? You can use filters to reveal properties that let you make refundable bookings.
#5: Feels like home
The more the merrier, sure, but sometimes it’s better to go with ‘one size fits all’. Booking a holiday home instead of several hotel rooms is often the more budget-friendly option. Stack up the fridge, light up the BBQ, and use the space in the living room to play some board games or charades with the whole gang.
Did you know? In addition to hotels, you can also book apartments, houses and villas as well as unique places to stay via Agoda Homes.
#6: Uncover the best of your backyard — Go Local
Domestic travel is a win-win: It allows the family to skip costs for overseas flights and visa expenses while renewing a sense of national pride as travellers get to learn about their own culture. When choosing a local destination, consider hidden-gem destinations that give the family a completely different experience from locations frequented by others. Or opt for nature-filled destinations! It offers an immersive experience within nature that lets the family save up on expenditure compared to being in the urban jungle.
Did you know? Agoda Special Offers provide staycation packages that offer better value deals by including spa treatments, meals, or upgrades as part of the booking.
#7: Adventure awaits: Unlock thrills with pre-booked experiences
Seeking unforgettable family bonding through thrilling activities? The good news is, for those must-visit tourist hotspots, you can book your tickets online ahead of time to save money and fast-track your way to adventure. Say goodbye to wasted time and hello to instant enjoyment as you make memories with your loved ones. Get ahead of the game, secure your spot, and let the excitement begin!
Did you know? Agoda has 130,000 tours and activities in more than 2000 destination cities. You can book your activities through Agoda and enjoy the best deals.