You know the show “20 and Counting” makes big family life look so easy. The reality, however, is that having a big family takes a lot of planning, time, money, and energy. Most places are made to accommodate a family of four, so when you walk in with nine or more, things can get a little difficult. So, when it comes to travelling with a big family, many people think it’s completely out of the question.
However, as a mum who likes to travel, too, I have found some great tips on how to travel with a big family. So, here they are in a nutshell.
Stay Away from Hotels
Once you have a family larger than four people, you will find that hotels do not want to accommodate all of you in one room. However, the great thing about living in the digital age is that you have a lot more options. Instead of hotels consider the following:
● Rent an entire house with Airbnb
● Stay in a cabin
● Check out Cottages
● Lots of Villas can now accommodate larger families
If you absolutely have to get a hotel room, ask for “connecting rooms” because these rooms share a door between them whereas adjoining rooms do not.
Travel During Off Season
Let’s face it; travelling period is expensive. Even a family of four is going to pay a life savings just to travel for a week during summer. So, instead, travel during the off season. Not only are there less people to navigate your herd through, but the prices are much more reasonable. Consider travelling during the following months:
● After January 1st
Consider Alternative Places to Stay
If you are looking for the cheapest way to holiday, then you might want to consider camping or caravanning, there are some amazing sites that can cater for the larger family, initially you may have to pay out for equipment, there are a huge range of caravan accessories available to purchase, the same with camping, but many of them are not necessary, its just working out what you need to ensure the holiday is enjoyable, but affordable.
Drive Instead of Fly
If you are travelling not very far from home, you may want to consider driving instead of flying. Flight tickets can be atrocious. And, buying more than four is going to cost you more than 2K. Even renting a 15 cargo passenger van and paying for petrol is much cheaper.
Always Bring Your Own Food
If you have a long trip ahead, ensure you pack enough food for the journey because ,motorway service stations or large food chains can get pretty expensive when they are lots of you!
Another thing we like to do is ensure our holiday accommodation has cooking facilities.
When it comes to having a big family, you have to learn to do things opposite of everyone else. But, travelling with my big family is one of the best experiences we can have together.
What tips do you have for travelling with a big family? Share them in the comments below!
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