How to Achieve an Extravagant Family Vacation without Spending a Lot

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An extravagant family holiday on a budget might sound a bit too good to be true, but it doesn't have to be. If you are savvy about the choices you make, you are going to be able to enjoy some impressive savings. The reality is that most holidaymakers squander money on luxurious holidays because they are paying far more than they need to for this extra bit of comfort.

Getting to Your Dream Destination on a Shoestring Budget

The first challenge to enjoying a lavish holiday on the cheap is to get to your destination. Last minute flights are truly budget-friendly and are perfect for families who want achieve an extravagant vacation without breaking the bank. It can also be more exciting to book at the last minute, and it can be a wonderful surprise for the rest of the family.

Free Activities for All the Family

You don’t have to be always spending money in order to have an unforgettable time on holiday. Beaches can be the perfect place to enjoy the day with activities suitable for kids as well as adults – what could be more relaxing than lying in the sand with a good book?

There are also usually cultural delights including museums and other tourist attractions that are free to visit, and don’t forget, it costs nothing to go for a walk in the city or countryside. It is also worth keeping an eye out for amusement parks, aquariums, and zoos offering free passes (you can often find this type of offer in tourist magazines).

Use Social Networking to Get the Inside Scoop on Your Destination

These days, many of us have hundreds of online friends that we engage with using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. The chances are that someone in your network has already been to your chosen holiday location, and this person is going to be able to give you some valuable information. If you are really lucky, one of your online friends may even live there and be willing to show you around.

Don’t Worry about Bringing Home Gifts

Buying gifts for friends and family from abroad can be expensive, and there is obligation to do it. Years ago, visiting a foreign country was an incredibly exotic thing to do so bringing back souvenirs was a way of sharing the experience. Going abroad is no longer such a big deal, so it is not so important for you waste your precious holiday-budget on gifts. If you do feel like you must bring something back, pick something cheap up at a market.

You are going to be able to treat the family to an extravagant holiday without making an enemy of your bank manager. It just takes a bit of research and planning beforehand. The fact that you are spending less can mean you are able to enjoy the holiday more.

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