Cheap family holidays

Is it possible to get a cheap family holiday in the UK?

Yes it is. We don't agree with the commonly held belief that it is cheaper to holiday abroad these days. You can get a cheap family holiday in the UK in various ways:

  • Camping is cheap! There's no need to buy expensive tents and it is possible to buy tents second-hand. This is because some people buy all the equipment and then find that camping is not for them. Often tents have only been used once or twice. Check for mould before you buy and make sure that all poles and pegs are included. If possible, ask to see it erected to make sure that everything is OK. Choose campsites that provide free entertainment and activities for the kids.

  • Register with Travelodge and take note of when their sales occur. It is possible to obtain a family room (sleeping four) for £30 a night if you book in advance. To get the best deals you need to be flexible about when are where you go. You can even plan your holiday by cheap hotels!

  • Stay with friends or relatives and offer them free stays at your place. If they have children and they get on well with yours, they are often able to entertain each other.

  • Find out about cheap travel for your holiday.

  • Visit Away with the Kids for deals and offers on child-friendly holidays.

Where can I find out about cheap holidays abroad?

The following sites are useful places to start your research for cheap family holidays abroad:

Last Minute
Late Rooms

You can also visit the websites of all the major travel companies to hunt for special offers. Register your details with a variety of sites so that offers can be emailed to you as soon as they become available. Set up a separate email account for holiday offers so your inbox doesn't get clogged.

How do I protect my money when buying a holiday?

Make sure the holiday company is a member of ABTA. You can check whether this is the case by visiting the ABTA website. You should also make sure that the company has an ATOL licence. You can do this by visiting the Civil Aviation Authority website.