Going abroad with the family is always an exciting time.
Some of my favourite memories from travelling as a child is visiting new places, learning a new language and using a foreign currency.
Fast forward a few years to my children and nothing has really changed. They love exploring new destinations, always make an effort to learn some of the language of and are always fascinated by using different money.
Budgeting whilst on holiday is always something I find tricky to do and it is very easy to let spending get out of control if you let it, but I do have some tips to help you get the most out of your holiday budget.
- Get your holiday money before you go. Travel agents, some supermarkets and the post office offer really good rates and carry most currencies without having to order in.
- If you don’t want to take much cash, use a pre-paid currency card. A currency card is a type of prepaid card which allows you to make transactions abroad without expensive fees or charges. Depending on your location, you have a choice of currencies you can put on the card, including pounds, euros or US dollars. The currency loaded onto the card is fixed at that day’s exchange rate.
- Understand how much you are spending. Download a handy FX app to your phone to check prices.
- Learn tipping policy in the country you’re visiting to avoid awkward situations. Take smaller currency denominations to make it easier to tip.
- Set a budget before you go and stick to it, even with all-inclusive holidays. Remember to keep some money aside for emergencies.
- Have your children keep to a budget too for souvenirs and treats. And remember to not buy too much you don’t want to go over your baggage allowance.
- Use transfers provided from the airport if booked as part of your trip. If not use apps such as Uber or Lyft for cheaper taxis if available in the country, if not public transport can be cheaper.
Myvouchercodes.co.uk in conjunction with Thomson have produced this handy Holiday Tips for Parents Infographic
Thomson Ideal for Families
Thomson go above and beyond for families, with exciting kids clubs and entertainment programmes for the whole family. Their hotels offer a wide range of services; when booking with Thomson Family Life you can get great extras such as family sized rooms, parent and baby facilities, and hangout areas for older children and children’s buffets.
- Families staying at Tui Sensatori Resorts can take advantage of the Play House and Sensory Nursery and at Tui Family Life hotels the whole family is catered for.
- For tots, Thomson offer Baby Club, Baby Lounge, Parent & Baby Session and Baby Equipment
- For kids, Thomson have Bamse Club for 3-5 year olds, @611 Club for 6-11 year olds and Evening Clubs.
- Daytime entertainment and activities for the whole family.
- Evening entertainment for parents and children, offering shows and discos for children and professional performances for adults.
- And don’t forget Thomson the Dog and Bamse the Bear on hand to keep children entertained with their own early evening show.
How do you manage your holiday money?