Planning is an essential step in every family outing.
It eliminates the unwanted stress, thus, making the punong-abala, who is usually the mom, have more time to make memories with her children and put her efforts into the activities that will make the trip memorable.
And if every detail is well-thought-out, a lot of money can be saved.
Here are some budget-friendly tips.
1. Book in advance.
Say, you're eyeing a holiday trip this December, it is best to book your flight now, and save as much as 70 percent.
Cebu Pacific has a ongoing sale until October 8 or until seats last, and its travel period is from September 15, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
The base fare for Taipei, Taiwan, Singapore, and Osaka, Japan fights cost as low as PHP299.
Going to Shenzen, China has a base fare of PHP1.
2. Schedule the trip during off-peak season.
Whether it is out of town or out of Manila or out of the country, you can save as much as 30 percent discount on the hotel deals if you travel during lean months.
There will be less crowd as well saving you from the long queues.
Baguio City's peak season starts on October 30, 2019 until May 2020.
So, if you want to stay in a five-star hotel like The Manor, you can get a deluxe room for PHP4,700 if you book on the first weekend of September and October.
But if your target date is November 1, the available room on booking websites like Traveloka starts at PHP8,500.
By December until March, it is already fully-booked, according to its website.
If you're a group of five, it is best to stay in an apartment or book through Airbnb. Don't forget to read the reviews.
3. Delegate tasks.
It is a family trip, so let the planning be a group effort. These should out of your checklist.
How to get there
Let hubby take care of this. If you're traveling by car, remind him about the car maintenance and the direction to avoid delays and save fuel.
You've probably seen in the movies how a family or a group of friends spent half a day on the road because of a flat tire. Que horror!
Who will do the counting?
If you are traveling with kids, one has to always do the head count before leaving a place.
He/she should also make sure that the bags are complete.
You've probably heard stories about a family going camping, but forgetting their tents, or going to a picnic without the cooler that has all the food.
What will be the activities?
If it's not a day trip or an overnight outing, assign one of the kids to google the must-visit places and restaurants. Don't forget to have him/her list down the prices and directions, too.
4. Come up with a complete checklist.
This includes the travel essentials, such as water bottles, toiletries, extra towels and sheets, slippers, plus a medicine kit.
If you're going to an island resort, for instance, the pharmacy may not be easily accessible.
This writer actually experienced getting charged US$10 by a hotel in Indonesia for a Kremil S tablet.
The goal is to avoid unnecessary expenses.
By the way, Miniso's Marvel collection was recently launched, and there's something for every family member that will be useful on your next travel.