New York Family recently ran an article featuring tips on how to save money when planning a family vacation, and we’re excited that we made the list for top ways to find an accommodation. Read an excerpt from their post:
Depending on whom you ask, the average family of four spends $1,600-5,000 (or more) for a week’s vacation. Regardless of how much you expect to spend, one thing is certain—the trip most certainly will cost more. To help contain that overage, we’ve come up with five categories to make your vacation more wallet-friendly.
My friend and discount travel idol, Barbara, turned me onto Redweek.com, where timeshare owners rent out their units—for deals like $28 a night at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club on Oahu in Hawaii, or $128 per night at the four-star Emirates Grand Hotel in Dubai.
Another great online resource is the mega-search engine AllTheRooms.com, which offers about 5 million accommodations worldwide, pulling listings from hotel sites, secret Hotwire and Priceline Express deals, Airbnb, HomeAway, as well as Hostelworld, Groupon, GlampingHub, and the like, so you can see options you may not have considered when you first started planning.
Finally, Priceline’s Name Your Own Price tool has saved my family 50 percent on hotels. Priceline shows you an area map of your destination city, you click the areas where you’d like to stay, and then you bid on the type of hotel you’d prefer. If you’re staying more than a few days in one spot, you’ll have more options if you break your stay up into two three-day visits rather than one six-day visit—but realize you may have to relocate hotels.