A week of autumn holidays and the November holidays spent in a new place can be an extraordinary adventure for little travelers without hitting the family budget. Check out momondo's travel metasearch compilation for some tips for smart travelers planning a vacation with a child.
How to prepare for a trip with a child
In order for the trip not to require significant financial costs, it is worth considering a few simple rules.
BUY FAMILY PACKAGES
Traveling as a family is often more profitable than traveling alone or as a couple. The so-called "family" tariffs are valid in theaters, museums, amusement parks and even in public transport for a trip with a child. For example, for a family with two or three children, the Aeroexpress fare is comparable to a round-trip ticket for one adult.
AVOID FLIGHTS WITH LONG TRANSFERS
Although transfer flights tend to be cheaper than direct flights, when traveling with children, it is better to choose the more expensive option. Firstly, long-term transplants are an additional stress for the child, and, consequently, for the parents. Secondly, 6-7 hours of waiting at the airport will inevitably require additional expenses for hot meals or paying for a room for mother and child. Given the cost of services in the transit area of international airports, it is worth recalculating the possible benefits and costs.
DO NOT BOOK A "KIDS" ROOM
In some hotels, travelers with children can stay in a special "child" room, the cost of which is higher than the price of accommodation in the "standard". If the availability of a baby cot is not essential for your family, it is better to pay for an extra bed or book a family room.
CHOOSE HOTELS WITH CUISINE
Unlike a baby crib, a personal kitchen in a room or shared in a hotel is not a whim, but an important component of a comfortable stay. Young travelers are very reluctant to get used to unfamiliar cuisine, so the opportunity to try dishes cooked by mom from the usual diet can play a key role in the process of adapting a child to a new place. At the same time, rooms in hotels with a kitchen, as a rule, are not more expensive than standard accommodation options.
BUY TICKETS TO MUSEUMS, THEATERS AND TOURS ONLINE
Those who take care of buying e-tickets in advance are guaranteed a number of benefits, the main one being 15%-20% discounts. A significant bonus is the absence of the need to waste time in queues at the entrance. All this will make traveling with children for the autumn holidays much more enjoyable!
TRAVEL IN RUSSIA
Amid a new wave of interest in domestic tourism, there are more and more destinations for young travelers and their parents. Traveling around Russia can be not only interesting, but also profitable: children's tickets have discounts that depend on the age of the child. Young travelers under 2 do not need a separate ticket.
BUY A MOBILE ROUTER
A significant expense item when traveling with a child is paying for access to the network. Buying a mobile router will help save money, with which you can connect up to 10 devices to Wi-Fi. Tariffs depend on the operator and location area of the host country; as a rule, prices start at 0.7 euros per megabyte. Other ways to save money on vacation.
Documents for traveling with a child
BRING YOUR AGE PROOF DOCUMENTS
The most important advice for parents: be sure to take documents confirming the age of the child with you. In addition to a birth certificate, Russian and foreign passports, for example, a certificate from a school may be required: in order to receive a discount when visiting tourist sites, in some cases a document confirming student status is required.