Parents find it hard to go to exotic holiday destination with their kids because the costs of the tour are punishing. They would rather take the kids out for cheap meals or go out on football games or zoos than spend their hard earned cash paying a US$200 per night hotel room for a kid who probably do not know what half the amenities in the room are used for.

Travel Tips:How to Save Money When Travelling With Kids

Parents find it hard to go to exotic holiday destination with their kids because the costs of the tour are punishing. They would rather take the kids out for cheap meals or go out on football games or zoos than spend their hard earned cash paying a US$200 per night hotel room for a kid who probably do not know what half the amenities in the room are used for.

But does this have to be the case? Do you have to miss out on that Australian tour just because the trip is too expensive? Well, I have come up with some creative things you can do to save money when traveling with the kids. Check them out below.

1. Rent a cottage

Instead of staying in an expensive hotel, get a log cabin or a cottage that has all the facilities. You will probably cook your own meals, but this is a cheaper option compared to staying in a hotel.

2. Travel in a recreational vehicle

Recreational vehicles are a nice way of cutting back on accommodation expenses. You can even cook your own food in the vehicle leaving you with just the entry fees for all the sights you are going to visit.

3. Use the air miles and travel economy class

If you are a travelling businessman, you must have subscribed to some air miles program. Only redeem then when you are traveling with the kids. Also do not travel in the expensive business or first class cabins. The economy class will do just fine.

4. Carry snacks, clothes and toys from home

If you can reduce the amount of shopping you require at your destination, you are going to free up a lot of resources for other fun activities. To avoid buying expensive snacks on the plane and along the way, carry enough snacks for the whole family.

5. Drive yourself around

If you can get a family van at your destination and drive yourself around, you will avoid taxis, buses, trains and chauffeurs. You only need a GPRS enabled van or a GPRS enabled smartphone to navigate in any city in the world.

6. Travel to cheap destinations

The Caribbean and Hawaii are too pricey for a family tour. This is however not the case in Africa and Asia. With a budget of just US$2,000, you can visit countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa in Africa and Nepal, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia with the whole family and still have some change.

The trick in saving when traveling with the kids is in cutting the expenses in transport, accommodation and shopping. You need to get creative...

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