Passport Photographers

When I had to get the other kids passports done, I wasted so much money getting passport photos done in booths that weren’t suitable.  If you have them done by professionals such as Jessops then in the unlikely event that the photos are rejected they will do a free retake- saving money in the long run.

Post Office Check and Send

Another way to reduce the chance of your passport being rejected is to use the Post Office Check and Send Service.  

Cheap Transport

Regular readers know that I am a huge fan of the Megabus.  It saves me so much money on my trips to London and I love their routes across Europe prices too (London to Paris from £20).  Book three months in advance to get the best price.  If you’d prefer to travel by ferry, compare crossing prices for the best deal.  Always spend time searching for the cheapest flight too (Bristol to Amsterdam from £79 travelling by KLM).


There are over 4000 Youth Hostels World Wide and are a great way for families to explore new destinations.  Become a member and make the most of the savings by staying in many of the great Youth Hostels in the UK too.  Two great ones in Wales are Poppit Sands, located on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastline (if I can say so myself) and the brand new YHA Cardiff Central.  Generator Hostels   also have good deals such as a stay in Paris from 30 per person per night.  The rooms can often fit larger numbers which make them ideal for a big family like us.  

If you’re happy to do a house swap then have a look at the unique properties available on airbnb .

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must.  We have to pay extra due to Danny’s condition but always search around and compare for the best price.  

How to Spend Less

Once you’ve arrived at the destination then you’ll need money for food, drink, local transport and entertainment.  To save money, make the most of all the free sites and activities available.  Lonely Planet make great guides featuring The Top Twenty Free Things To Do In ParisAmsterdam and other great cities. I find the more organised you are when planning activities for the holiday, the more money you are able to save.

What tips do you have for saving and affording family travel? 

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