Tips for choosing cheap accommodation when travelling with the kids

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Posted on: 18 May 2015 by Mathew Anderson

When travelling with the kids in tow, it’s understandable that parents are looking to save a little money wherever possible. After all, meals and activities quickly add up when you have a couple of extras to accommodate for.

When travelling with the kids in tow, it’s understandable that parents are looking to save a little money wherever possible. After all, meals and activities quickly add up when you have a couple of extras to accommodate for. One way that you can save money without compromising on the quality of your holiday is to find cheap accommodation. Here are some of our top tips:

•    Remember that accommodation prices will change according to the season. Some separate the year into low, medium and high season (with high being the most expensive), whereas others follow nature’s seasons.

•    Determine whether the accommodation is actually family friendly or not – do they provide baby services (such as cots and highchairs) if required? Do they offer a kids club, a playground or games room?

•    Remember that hotel restaurants and room service will often be more expensive than eating out. Check what sorts of restaurants are nearby or consider self-contained rooms so you can do your own cooking.

•    Ensure that the room is safe for your littlies (this generally must be done once you’ve arrived). Ask whether socket protectors are provided; if not, bring some masking tape. Keep doors locked to prevent escapees.

•    Consider how you will be arriving at cheap accommodation – will you need parking facilities? If not, is there public transport located nearby or will you need to travel around via taxi?

•    Consider how soundly your kids sleep – does noise bother them and does light wake them? If so, you may want to find accommodation that offers separate bedrooms (unless you plan on going to bed early, too!).

•    Consider the bed configuration. You might book for 4 people, but if you’re getting two double beds how is it going to work? Will both of your kids share or will you need to take a child each to prevent fighting?

•    Remember that you’ll want some “mummy and daddy” time, so consider what you’ll do with the kids then. Having separate bedrooms can allow you to watch a movie without disturbing anyone.

Whilst cheap accommodation is a fantastic way to ensure you have plenty of funds to spend on an enjoyable, child-friendly holiday, it is important that you have made the right choice for your needs. We hope that you find the above tips useful when travelling with your kids, just remember that your needs may change from trip to trip (so what suited you last year may not suit this year).

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