WHEN 2 + 1 = 2: SAVING A RIDE WITH A CHILD
A lot has been written about the benefits of traveling with a child: this is the joy of communication, and new joint discoveries, and one of the ways a baby develops. Parents planning their first serious trip with their child automatically calculate its cost for three people. Meanwhile, fortunately, the cost of a child traveler is much less than an adult. Our article will tell you how to save money on family trips without saving on pleasures. Country of rest The first sentence will be both obvious and incredible: do not limit yourself to stereotypes about countries where you can relax with your child. Consider visiting Vietnam instead of Egypt, abandon Croatia in favor of Montenegro, if there are no tickets in the first, and in the second there is, change beach idleness for city walks, and amusement parks for outdoor activities – in general, fantasize.When choosing a country, you can focus on: 1) The popularity of the destination. The interest of tourists in a particular direction is changing, but the places remain the same. You can get ahead of fashion by visiting unexplored vacationing countries, for example, in Slovenia. 2) The need to obtain a visa. A visa fee is charged for issuing a visa. However, if you are going to one of the countries of the Schengen area, then children under 6 years of age are exempted from paying the fee, in accordance with the EU Visa Code, and children under 12 may also be exempted. But such a visa will give you the opportunity to travel freely in Europe. 3) Seasonality of rest. Low season in many countries is a great time to relax. This is especially true for sightseeing trips: no queues in museums, no crowds around attractions. You only need to take into account the peculiarities of the weather (for example, the rainy season in Asia) and the work schedule of the objects of interest to you. 4) Discounts for children. It is clear that in the ski resorts it makes no sense to relax out of season. But it’s important to know that children under 6 get free ski passes. 5) Special offers of hotels and airlines. Trick: Don’t be afraid to plan your trip yourself. Ordering tickets through a travel agency is less troublesome, but will entail additional costs, and a holiday program drawn up by someone may not meet your wishes. Transport Airplane – the fastest, but also the most expensive form of transport. However, until your little one is 2 years old, he will not need to buy a ticket or the cost of the flight will be insignificant. With older children will have to look for other ways to save. You can use the services of low-cost airlines, or discounters. The main thing you need to get from them is an inexpensive flight, and you can take food, spare socks and toys with you. Another option is to search for connecting flights. It is suitable for children who can enjoy playing or reading for a long time and wait for a transplant. It is worth taking care of buying tickets a few months before the trip – then their price is much lower than close to the right date. Last minute offers do not have to be discounted. Traveling by train is made cheaper by special InterRail or Global Pass cards. In addition, some countries have regional tickets that are convenient for traveling in a specific area. For example, a Bavarian ticket with its low cost allows you to travel to southern Germany and even go to Austria. You should be interested in family tickets: at a cost equal to the price of two tickets for adults, it can be used by both adults and several children. In cities with well-developed public transport, it makes sense to use it. As a rule, children under 6 years of age travel for free, and for children under 14 years a discount ticket is valid. Tourist cards are advantageous for a large number of transfers: their price includes an unlimited number of trips during the validity period of the card.