Last Updated on January 7, 2020 by Travels with Kids
There are a number of important reasons to book family travel early! There are two main reasons you should book now for next year! Firstly, you should save loads of money, and the second is that by getting it all booked and confirmed, you can sit back and relax and enjoy the New Year.
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Top Reason To Book Family Travel Early
Flight Deals And Sales 9-12 Months Before Travel
Once you have decided where you are going, and which seasons are best (see our handy guide about How to Plan a Family Holiday) then subscribe to emails from a number of different places, so that you are alerted when the sales start. For example:
- Your frequent flier airline
- The national airline of where you are traveling to
- Online cheap search engines (We like “I Know The Pilot”)
In Australia, we’ve found the cheapest deals for the Americas are purchased in November. Obviously, this will differ from country to country – but the point is getting in early with your planning will help! Book family travel early! We also always use SkyScanner for flight comparisons.
Old fashioned newspapers also have some sales that might not be evident immediately online; maybe we are showing our age, but buying the weekend’s paper with a travel section might save you hundreds.
A note about travel agents; even if you are an independent traveler or researcher don’t under-estimate the value of travel agents when it comes to knowing the best package deals or flight offers. They quite often come up with something that isn’t available to the general public.
Get The Best Accommodation For Your Family
For many families one of the best ways to save money is to book an apartment or house; not only will you get a bit more space (vital for sanity) but you will get the chance to self-cater. Self-catering while traveling is one of our top tips for saving money as well.
So if you are looking for space and cooking facilities it is likely you will need to book an apartment from places like Airbnb or Flipkey. In our experience the very best apartments book well in advance – like 12 months – so get in there and get your apartments booked. Don’t hesitate to ask for a discount, they can only say no! Whether you go with an apartment or hotel, remember book family travel early which means all aspects of family travel.
Review Your Passports And Visa Requirements
Check your passports carefully. If they need a renewal, there will be plenty of time to send them off and get a new one. Should you need visas for the country of your destination, you will be aware and can send them off in the New Year.
Spend Your Money On Long Term Goals
When everyone else is thinking about Christmas your focus will be on something that will give long term benefit – TRAVEL! You hopefully won’t be so caught up in the purchasing frenzy that is associated with the Nov- December period as you are focused on your trip. By not spending extravagantly on the festive season you will save loads of money. Money that you can spend on your trip!
Quality Time With Your Family On The Holidays
In Australia, one of the best months for beaching – and spending time with your kids is in January. Why be planning a holiday when you could be out living life with them?
Have A Clean Inbox For The New Year
Unsubscribe from those emails above! In an act of New Year cleaning, don’t forget to unsubscribe from all the email alerts once you have booked. There is nothing worse than thinking that you might have got a better deal at another time. Plus, your inbox will be much cleaner!
How To Plan For Family Travel – More Resources
How do you plan a family holiday? There are many ways to plan a family holiday, and each way will suit different families. However, this is how we go about getting a plan for our family holiday.
Tips To Prepare For Your Travel
What goes in our family travel medical kit? This is our list of what we have included!
This is our guide to baby travel gear, which I very nearly titled, a guide to baby travel “stuff”. As you evolve into the parent role, you realize that babies and toddlers have a lot of STUFF. But what do you need? This is our list.
Booked And Ready To Go? Before Departure Checklists
For the last 24 hours – check this one out Departure Day: A Final Checklist
For the week prior to departure take a look at Travel Packing List – 1 Week To Departure
How to visualize the departure & get very organized – 1 Month Prior To Departure
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