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Three ways to save money on Single Parent Family Holidays

Updated on August 28, 2015

Single parent family holidays shouldn't be any different to any other family break but sadly some travel operators still reserve their free child places for traditional family groups forcing single parents to pay adult prices for their children. However, there are ways to get a great deal on family holiday packages without having to rope another adult into coming with you.

1. Barter with the travel agent

If you have found a holiday you like but the price is too expensive then barter with the travel agent. They want your business and you want to go on holiday but with the wide choices out there, it is a buyer's market. Don't be rude but do stand your ground.A friend of mine saved a couple of thousand on here Caribbean holiday by threatening to go elsewhere. Remember kids don't eat as much so why should they have to pay full adult price, babies usually go free anyway as long as they can sit on your knee.

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2. Be flexible about where you go

If you are flexible about where you go on holiday then you have a better chance of getting a cheap family holiday package. If you want sun, sea and sand tell the travel agent. Most of them will be clued up on the best family holiday destinations but if you have any doubt check out the place they suggest before you book. Some destinations slash their prices when they need to sell more. I got a great deal to Greece a couple of years ago by being flexible.

3.Take a pack lunch to save money on in flight meals

In flight meals can add around £50 per person onto the flight price. For short flights take a pack lunch with you and you could save a packet. You can't take drinks through customs but buying a warm drink or a can of juice on the plane is much cheaper than paying for a full in flight meal. Think of all the money you will have left over to spend on trips or souvenirs if you don't have to splash out on meals.

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      peachy 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      When we are on vacation, we bring packed food that is not easily perishable and brought our bolsters, pillows along!