Best travel websites for family holidays
There are a plethora of travel websites out there so how can you work out which ones are truly giving you the best deals, the easiest user experience and providing all the necessities for family travel.
Travelling with kids leads to a big list of criteria to ensure the holiday lives up to all your expectations. I am here to give you all my best tips and advice on which sites I prefer to use and why. This list of travel sites will allow you to book airline tickets, hotel bookings and insurance for great prices and with little hassles.
Although this article does redirect you to some sites, I wholeheartedly promise that I will never recommend a product that I don't believe is going to value add to your families travel experience. l never recommend anything that I have not personally used and had a great experience with.
There are very good reasons for using some sites over others when it comes to booking travel and in my experience the below recommendations will make booking and planning family travel just that bit easier (and cheaper)!
So here are my top websites (and the reasons why) for easily booking your next family holiday:
My favourite site for hotel and accommodation bookings, I love searching for places to stay on booking.com. I find booking.com is the best website to assess and find out what accommodation is suitable for families particularly when you are trying to work out what rooms can accommodate 3, 4 or 5 people. Most other sites leaving you guessing what bedding configuration however on booking.com, once you click through to the accommodation of choice you can select the room type in the details box and then even click through to what beds are in each room. No more trying to guess whether a twin room has two single beds or 2 queen beds.
Booking.com has a huge range of private holiday style accommodation particularly throughout Europe so you are not limited to hotels. Why stay in a hotel room when for the same price you could have a 2 bedroom apartment.
In previous posts I have recommended AirBnB for private rentals however I have experienced extensive issues when planning our upcoming Europe trip. What AirBnB doesn't do is lock in the accommodation for you- what this means is that the owner has the capacity to cancel your booking at any stage prior to your arrival and almost my entire trip has subsequently been cancelled by owners booking me in and then realising they will be staying in their apartment on my booked dates so taking back the accommodation. Highly unhelpful in cities like London where prices skyrocket and availability for family accommodation is very limiting.
So a long story short this is now why I find booking.com way more amazing and trustworthy to use - guaranteed accommodation but still the same great range of private accommodation options.
The booking.com website is well presented with high quality photos, clear descriptions and descriptive and helpful reviews and ratings. It is a simple and easy site to navigate through and the 'sort' options really make the search functions very effective.
The most powerful part of booking.com is that a vast majority of bookings can be done with free cancellations up until a date close to your visit and can be paid for at the time of your stay keeping interest earning cash in your bank account.
Everyone needs travel insurance if heading overseas and I highly recommend using travel insurance direct. This website will save you time and money and I have always found their insurance products to be good quality with top level cover for medical, cancellations and travel changes. I have only needed to make a claim once on a policy and found the process was quick and simple with no issues with payment of the service I received.
With TID you can eliminate super expensive commissions to travel agents who are selling over-priced travel insurance and pay for what you need - insurance.
Make sure you read the full PDS associated with the policy when making your purchase.
I only recently discover klook on a trip to Singapore but love the fantastic prices and ease of pre purchasing tickets for major attractions and tours. Saves you time, money and gives you some great ideas for fun things to do in many places.
Accor is a leading hotel brand encompassing big guns like Mercure, Ibis, Novotel and Pullman. The range of quality hotels and the extensive network worldwide makes this a top choice if you want to join a membership program and earn rewards dollars. I do find the Ibis and Mercure options great for affordable city stays and I can regularly find rooms that can accommodate a family with two queen beds - often in cities like London, Singapore, Sydney where it can be tricky to find this configuration.
Free accommodation and meals for children! No better reason to consider a Holiday Inn hotel for your family holiday, with most hotels offering the no-charge deal for children staying at the hotel. Holiday Inn hotels are totally geared to family stays with kid friendly restaurants, kids clubs and bedding. They are welcoming and accommodating to families and the rooms are often set up with extras to make the stay with kids that little bit more comfortable
If you feel like a bit of indulgence and glamour on your family holiday then I highly recommend the sensational deals that can be found on luxuryescapes.com. This site features top level resorts and hotel packages which are all inclusive and loaded full of goodies to entice you into booking. What I like about these deals is that many of them include options to upgrade or include children - just check out the 'fine print' to see your options.
Direct on airline websites
There are so many websites advertising special deals however you really should check for the cheapest price for flights direct on an airlines own website. You might get yourself a better deal but an appealing thing to consider is the better customer service you will receive from the airline if you have booked direct. No getting diverted back to a third party to solve any issues....
I have a story on the best airlines coming up on my blog soon so stay tuned.
Wotif is your all in one travel website with fantastic hotel and accommodation offers, flights activites, car hire and more.
There are some places on the planet that are just a bit easier to navigate your way around with the guidance and help of knowledgeable tour companies. I have travelled with G Adventures through Guatemala and found them to be way above some other tour companies I have used in other countries.
What's' even better is that they offer 'family trips' specifically tailored to travelling with kids. Now there is no excuses for getting off the beaten path and seeing the places you only dreamed about.
Click here to take your family on a group family adventure.
For all your travel and adventure shopping needs you cant beat Kathmandu.
Whether it be travel packs, camping gear, clothing, footwear or travel accessories, Kathmandu can have you geared up and ready to travel. Plenty of options for the kids too with some good quality kids packs, clothing and accessories.
If you look out and wait for the sales which happen seasonally for 40-60% discounts storewide.
Start shopping for your trip here!
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