Today’s guest post is from Paz Chentnik at International Cravings. She and her family of 4 are avid travelers and are currently living in China. She provides some great tips on how to save serious money while traveling with children. I am sure you are going to enjoy it.
When people find out that we have moved our family to China to live and travel with our kids the first question is how can you afford it? Isn’t traveling with a family soooo expensive? Actually it is NOT! We currently live and travel with our family of four for about $16.00 a day (per person) and we hire a nanny for the days we are more stationary. We are living proof that traveling with a family can actually be much less expensive than what you might have thought. Here are 10 tips to help you save money and travel more!
1. Carry Snacks and powdered drink packs
As you know kids no matter what age always get hungry at the most inopportune times. Stopping at the nearest 7 Eleven (even though it might seem cheap) or even worse a restaurant will add up really quick. Find a local market or food store and stock up on snacks (individually packaged ones are great for younger kids) for the next couple days of traveling. We purchase powdered drink packs and carry them with us on any adventure. If the kids are in the mood for something other than water they are easy to poor into their water bottle. You give it a good shake and presto a yummy drink. I recommend avoiding sugary ones because sugar, kids, and buses don’t mix well in my book. When you have snacks and beverages on hand it makes exploring a lot easier when your non-stop eating teenager is hungry again, or your whiny four year old needs yet another drink.
- Your traveling bags are lighter.
- You aren’t buying things you might never use.
- Buying locally gives you an opportunity to engage with the local society… and isn’t that the whole point.
- Use this as a money saving lesson for your kids.
- Kids clothes are everywhere, don’t worry.
I loved his statement; “I have learned more in these 3 weeks than I did all last year in school, can’t we stay longer?” A 14 yr. old wanting to spend more time with his parents.
Meet Paz, she is a true expat adventurer having moved to Guangzhou with husband, infant and toddler in order to spice up life and give her children an international upbringing. She and her husband sold their belongings, jumped on a jet and traded up to a fascinating life abroad. They specialize in moving abroad consultations for families. To keep tabs on what living and traveling abroad with a family is like subscribe to their site.