Skenfrith Castle, National Trust

On Saturday it was Ben’s Dad’s 70th birthday.  We didn’t actually know it was his 70th, but we did know it was his birthday!  I did ask Ben how old his Dad was and he had no idea, so we had to ask.  For a treat, we picked up his Dad and wife and took them to explore 13th century Skenfrith Castle with us. Continue reading “Skenfrith Castle, National Trust”

8 day Europe road trip costs for family of four

In case you missed it, we recently went on an eight day family road trip in Europe with two kids in tow.  I meticulously kept records of every last penny we spent on the trip to see exactly how much it cost us in total.  In this blog post I will share with you a breakdown of how much our trip to Europe cost as a family of four.

I will also share some tips on how to save money when travelling on a budget in Europe later on in the blog post. Continue reading “8 day Europe road trip costs for family of four”

Save £25 on your first Airbnb accommodation booking

If you’re looking online for an Airbnb referral then you’re in the right place.  I have an Airbnb refer a friend link that can give you up to £34 off in total.

You can save £25 as an Airbnb first booking discount if you’re a new customer, plus an extra £9 can be saved if you book an Airbnb experience worth £36 or more.

Read on to discover how to get this great Airbnb deal and save money when you travel. Continue reading “Save £25 on your first Airbnb accommodation booking”

How to get the cheapest train tickets

Travelling by train can be an exciting and fun way to travel.  When travelling with kids it’s really quite an adventure!  However, the ticketing system in Britain isn’t always fair and you could end up paying far more than you need to.  In this blog post I will share some of the ways you can get very cheap train tickets. Continue reading “How to get the cheapest train tickets”

50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays

If you can’t jet off and travel in the summer holidays or afford expensive days out to attractions then you might be wondering how you can entertain the kiddies for so long, especially if you’re on a tight budget.  Read this blog post to discover 50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays that don’t require a passport! Continue reading “50 cheap and free things to do with kids in the summer holidays”

Wookey Hole caves review – kids go free!

It was only one week ago that I wrote an update on our 2019 travel and days out bucket list to say we hadn’t yet done anything, though we had planned a couple of holidays at the end of the year.  Well, now we have ticked something off!

We have actually ticked Ben’s ONLY item off the bucket list!  It was all I could get out of him when I was writing the original blog post.  Here’s the original 2019 family travel bucket list if you want to have a peek.

Here’s what Ben wanted to do in 2019:

‘Visit Wookey Hole – Ben sees an advert on the motorway for Wookey Hole on the way back from work every day and it was on Salvage Hunters so he wants to visit!’

So now we have.  We had a rare day with no plans on Sunday and I really fancied a little road trip and family day out.  I felt like we needed it.  Most weekends are spent visiting family and friends and if they’re not, then Ben usually has a bunch of DIY related stuff to do.  He did have Bella’s bed to finish as he built her a custom loft bed a couple of weeks ago, but it can wait.

We hadn’t had a family day out since the Christmas break so we really needed one!

Kids go free to Wookey Hole

Continue reading “Wookey Hole caves review – kids go free!”

Is it better to save money more or to travel more? An update on our 2019 bucket list

In November I wrote a post about our 2019 travel plans and bucket list.  That was over three months ago and now we are well and truly settled into 2019 I want to write an update on our travel plans and thoughts.

Is it better to save money more or to travel more?

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I started by saying we’d have a limited travelling year as we give our emergency fund a big push.  My target this year was £10,000.  We already had £3000 saved and we’re now up to £5000.  I’m always torn between the best thing to do.  I have the travel bug really bad and feel we never know what’s around the corner.  Something tragic could happen any day and I don’t want to regret not travelling more.

But, at the same time, I get so anxious about money.  I’m self-employed so income is never guaranteed and I always worry about one of us getting ill or losing our jobs.  Plus, in 2018 we had total car repair bills of £3000 for the year!  Something we managed to pay for thanks to our savings, but it’s made me further off my savings targets and of course anxious that we might get more repair bills like this and need the funds saved just in case.

I feel like life’s too short to not travel.  We’re also only here once and there’s so much to see and experience.  But I also feel I need to be sensible and have a good batch of savings to cover all sorts of eventualities.

It’s a never-ending battle in my head! Continue reading “Is it better to save money more or to travel more? An update on our 2019 bucket list”

8 ways to save money when hiring a car

Every time we visit Ben’s family in Germany we hire a car.  We always pick one up from the airport.  We usually always pre-book, but there’s been the odd time, maybe only once, that we didn’t pre-arrange and just went to a desk when we were there.  It’s definitely better to book ahead of time to get a great deal and to know what you are paying.  I’m never sure if they overcharge when booking directly at a desk, but I always have my suspicions!

Car hire can be relatively cheap providing you book the most basic car for your needs.  We always get something that’s big enough for us and our luggage and that’s our only requirement.  We never have any additional requirements as we like to keep the cost as low as possible.

Many hire cars do come with add-ons that can start bumping the price up, but often they aren’t needed.  Here are eight tips to save money when hiring a car for your road trip: Continue reading “8 ways to save money when hiring a car”

Get discounts on family attractions and travel with Kids Pass

Going for a family day out to a local attraction can be quite costly.  For the four of us to enjoy a day out at a wildlife park or theme park, for example, can cost well over £100 once you factor in entrance fees, parking, getting there and so on.  In fact, it can often cost a lot more than this.  It’s quite mad how a lot of theme parks and similar now also charge a parking charge for the day!  Surely it should just be free to park in their car park whilst a visitor?!  It’s madness.

Family holiday costs can also stack up to ridiculous amounts.  With all this in mind, it’s always great to cut costs wherever possible and to make a saving on ticket prices when we can.  Sometimes searching high and low online for a discount can do the trick, but if you are looking for an easier way to make massive savings on family days out then I am going to introduce you to Kids Pass in this blog post. Continue reading “Get discounts on family attractions and travel with Kids Pass”