Budget Family Accommodation

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We here at Wyld Family Travel  are independent travellers. Bec, the kids and I, we are always looking for budget family accommodation that is family friendly.

By this I mean I spend hours planning our family adventure trips on the computer researching budget family accommodation, hotels with family rooms, apartments that fit our holiday accommodation expectations, family hostel prices and waiting patiently for the right prices. I start my planning and price checking at least 8 months in advance with an outlook of booking it 6 months out from our family adventure. In this day and age, travel agents are a thing of the past, much like spacious airline seats!

 Work out what you need for budget family accommodation!

One of the most important aspects of you planning your budget family holidays is to work out your budget is or what you can afford to spend on a holiday and how you want to allocate those funds. You don’t want to go on a family adventure and not be able to afford to see the sights.

 We tend to want to have more money to spend on seeing the sights and day to day tourist activities than we do on accommodation. After all, there is no use sleeping in a 5-star hotel in Paris but not being able to afford to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. You don’t need a pool or a bar in your hotel accommodation, we believe. As a family, we need our family holiday accommodation to be safe and convenient.

 

By convenient, I mean near the middle of the city, near public transport, restaurants, supermarkets and shops. But by no means luxurious just comfortable and clean budget family holiday accommodation. You don’t need a minibar and rooms service. Family hotel deals for all budgets can be found.

 

Public transport is a big one for me and one of the first things I look at in relation to our family holiday accommodation. By staying in close proximity to public transport ideally a metro station makes travelling within the city easier and more convenient. It will also make transferring from the airport cheaper and easier.

 

I prefer transferring by public transport except when arriving at night then we cough up for a private transfer. Most cities have a rail connection from the airport (Melbourne is the odd city out). A close by metro stations makes your day-to-day activities faster to get to. If you are travelling with kids you don’t want them walking miles to the train station and then walking around the city too. They will be tired by the time you get there which will impact the rest of your day.
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Some amazing places can be discovered but not if you spend too much on your accommodation!

Supermarkets, markets, cafes nearby are also important to be able to grab some cheap food for breakfast or to eat on the run while out for the day. You will spend a lot less money going into the market and buying some water and fruit than spending money on food in tourist areas. This can be a big saving for you.

If you have an apartment you will have a fridge that you can stock with water, fruits, yoghurt and snacks. Throw some in your backpack every day. If the kids get bored they can eat it and it will make your day easier not having to run around finding a food outlet.

 

I believe that if you’re spending too much time in your hotel room you’re not making the most of your time travelling.
On our previous family adventure, we have tended to stay mainly in hotels but on our upcoming trip, we have mainly booked apartments which when you look into it are mostly cheaper than hotels. The only setback with some apartments is there is no staff on site to answer any questions you have. They are also often tucked in the side streets. This can be great in helping you experience the real culture and life of the city you are staying in.
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Some amazing streets you can wander and pick up an amazing dinner!

The big plus of the apartment especially if you are travelling with children is that there are cooking facilities. A fridge where you can buy food to store can be a big saver for you on your costs of eating. Food and eating out are one of the biggest costs when holidaying for us. Most apartments also have a second room. After travelling for weeks with your children, a second room to get away from the children is fantastic. As much as we all love our kids we all have those days when they drive us ABSOLUTELY nuts!

When you find a good family hotel deals BOOK IT!

A huge challenge is finding budget family accommodation that will let 4 of us stay in the same room as a family suite at a hotel is very rare. Booking two rooms are just not economical or an option, this makes the apartment a better option. Prices vary widely depending on countries in Europe. I try to average around $120 a night for our family holiday accommodation.

 

In cities such as London and Paris, this is not possible by any means for 4 people. In Paris, you would be looking $180 minimum and that would be a 1 to a 2-star establishment. In countries like Poland, you can get an apartment for 6 for around $50 a night in places. Now that is fantastic value for money!
Another strategy we employ when booking accommodation is to do so with Booking.com or Agoda where you can pay on arrival and acncel your bookings a week out. This allows you to secure a room in your destination but keep looking to see if the prices fall at other hotels. If you find a better price and hotel cancel the first one and book the new one. I have done this plenty of times and it can save you alot of money
The Web sites that I have booked through often have ratings from previous people who have stayed in the apartment/hotel. These are well worth reading but take a lot of it with a grain of salt because some people whine for the sake of it about things that are not a huge problem. Without sounding stereotypical, I tend to ignore a lot of ratings by Americans (sorry guys). Americans tend to have a much higher expectation than Australians. I have read reviews where they have canned places because of the curtains are dusty etc. not relevant information for me.

Some of the better websites with lots of options are:
 
 

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Save, Save, Save!!

www.airbnb.com – for apartments. they do make you pay upfront but click on the link above and you will receive $50 credit!

Agoda.com has great deals that change daily.

Booking.com you can pay on arrival and free cancellation up to 72 hours before arrival. Budget family accommodation is out there and available for you. If you click on the image you can save $40 off your next booking with Wyld Family Travel and Booking.com!

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15 thoughts on “Budget Family Accommodation”

  1. Great post Mark. My family and I travel the exact same way. We have had really positive experiences in AirBnb and small independently owned hotels. I think the point about starting your planning early is key. Budget travelling really requires lots of advance preparation if you want to get really affordable accommodation in good locations but it can be done!

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    • thanks for the comment Paula. Yes it is achievable and easy to do like you say as long as you put the time and effort into the research its all possible. I hate spending more money on accommadation than i have too takes money away from real reason of traveling seeing the sights lol.

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  2. Accommodation can add up so quickly when travelling as family.

    I’ve also come to realise how much more time we do spend at our accommodation since having the kids: we get in earlier in the evenings and take longer to get out after we wake up (that is the kids are up far earlier than we need to be out and about… time we used to use for actually sleeping BC.) The room(s) need to be nicer now, just so we are happy to spend time there.

    So far I’ve had great success with AirBnB.

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    • Monika
      our trip to Europe later on this year will be our first experience with AirBnB we have an apartment booked in Rome for 6 night. I like the concept i like the price the only worry i have is being stranded if no one turns up to meet you.I also think AirBnB should display the full price when u are searching not the owners price when you still have to add on AirBnB commission.I think as long as the room is clean and functional is fine thats all u need.
      thanks for commenting

      mark

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  3. Although I haven’t travelled with kids yet, your advice is relevant for all travellers who need to watch the budget while cramming as much of the good stuff in.

    Public transport and walking are my usual ways of getting around. (Can you believe I have never even hailed a taxi the times I have been in London & New York)!

    On a separate note, did you go to Lido Restaurant in Riga? We still talk about it 5 years later!

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    • we certainly did go to the Lido restaurant there was one right next door to our apartment in Riga. There is a few of them scattered around Riga. we did not go to the big one though thats on the river. Thanks for commenting we appreciate it

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  4. Hi there. Thanks for the great post. My husband and I have been to Paris 3 times and always rent an apartment/flat. It is a lot cheaper and I love feeling like part of the community. We got to know the merchants near us, and it was great. Wonderful option instead if a hotel! As far as having no one to ask questions, I find that ducking into any hotel, the concierge will usually help answer quick questions. Even if you aren’t staying there, they are usually pretty friendly. Thank you for the links. I will check then out when we head to Germany next year. Thx.

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    • Hi Guys thanks for taking time to comment we appreciate it. When people find out we are australians we seem to get unlimited help. we have just returned from 9 weeks in europe and loved it . good luck on your trip next year

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  5. We are huge fans of using public transport to get about when we get to our destination, not only is it cheap it is a great way to meet locals and get insider tips on what to see and do.
    I find with booking the accommodation you need to weigh up what you want to do on holiday and what your accommodation needs to provide for you. If you just need a bed to lay your head between sightseeing – why pay a fortune? If you want the accommodation to be part of your holiday then you need to look at facilities as well.

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  6. Thanks for tips and ideas where to look. More and more we are leaning to apartments and guest houses now, even scouring expat style forums for serviced units as this is soooo much cheaper than 2 hotel rooms.

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  7. Great suggestions and I am a big fan of airbnb and booking.com. Research is key and mixing and matching. I am a firm believer that once you are on holiday, you shouldn’t worry too much about money, but you’re right luxury hotels have their place, when I am with Monkey we want to see everthing!

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  8. So, when traveling by myself, I tend towards hotels that offer more value, often at the expense of recent rehabilitation. Unless, I am going to a place do work in the evening. Then, I chose a different sort of place.
    When traveling in the States with my (now grown) kids, I tend to stick with three chains’ offerings. Overseas, it depends if we are renting cars or hoofing it. Having a car means we can employ an out-of-the-way, lower cost facility. Hoofing it means I want us to be smack dab in the middle of what we plan to do or see.

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