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Have kids, will travel

Our comprehensive, three-part guide to travelling with children tells you all you need to know about getting from A to B as happily and painlessly as possible!

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BOOK AHEAD AND SAVE MONEY

Your family holiday starts with booking and that can be a bit of a reality check when it comes to prices. We have some budget-conscious booking tips, compiled by insurance experts at Howden Insurance.

Fly midweek to save money

For domestic flights between Monday and Wednesday are the cheapest days to book, with Tuesday offering the best savings. For international flights, Wednesday and Thursday are the cheapest days, with potential savings of up to 20 per cent. Airfares can be prone to slight fluctuations depending on how close the flight is to the time of booking, so keep a constant eye out for any offers or deals that might pop up. However, booking in advance is more likely to be a money-saving guarantee.

Book your extras early on

Expenses that may not seem an initial priority when booking your summer holiday may turn out to be the ones that cost the most. Airport parking is much cheaper to book in advance than paying on the day. Luggage will also be more expensive to add on at the airport: you can end up paying almost double the price if you don’t organise it prior to your departure date.

Try booking toward the end of summer for lower prices

Flights are available to purchase for about a year in advance, and prices are guaranteed to change within that period: they tend to spike closer to the flight time, so booking at least six months before you intend to go on holiday is recommended, especially if you are planning a long-haul flight. Prices in summer generally reach an all-time high in June and become less expensive in August, so if you have the flexibility to book later in summer, the end of August is your best bet.

The best time to buy travel insurance is directly after booking the holiday – although the price of insurance doesn’t vary too much over time, the value does.

Check comparison sites before booking

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a 5-star hotel to guarantee good quality and a great stay. Always research by comparing reviews to their prices, as cheaper hotels can have just as good recommendations as much more expensive ones.

It’s sensible to compare the offerings of different hotels: all-inclusive may seem more appealing in terms of saving money, but some hotels can be misleading in what exactly ‘all inclusive’ entails. It’s a common misconception that all-inclusive deals include unlimited alcohol/drinks in their packages. The hotel may boast several restaurant choices but, in some cases, not all will be included in the price. Always double-check the small print.

Bring your own food for the airport

Prices for food and beverages in the airport or on the plane can be very high, so instead of spending a fortune on the journey, pack yourself some snacks and put the money you save toward your holiday spending.

Buy travel insurance when booking for better value

The best time to buy travel insurance is directly after booking the holiday – although the price of insurance doesn’t vary too much over time, the value does. Purchasing as soon as reservations are made means you’ll have more options to choose from, including Cancel For Any Reason which is a huge benefit if your holiday can’t go ahead for any reason. Whether you are purchasing single or multi-trip insurance, the cancellation benefits will begin as soon as your insurance plan comes into effect, meaning you can reap the benefits up until and during your holiday.

Visit www.howdeninsurance.co.uk

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