We took a family holiday to London in July 2019 and you can view our toddler-friendly trip itinerary here. In this blog post, I want to break down the family holiday expenses and share how much we spent on this holiday, excluding spending money.
Before we get to the nitty-gritty I want to share a tip with you all.
Going on a holiday/vacation will always make a dent in your personal finances or add to your debt. It’s best to prepare far in advance. I use a system called Sinking Funds. These are basically small saving funds dedicated to a specific cause. Every paycheck we put away a specific amount specifically for our summer holiday. This sounds like something most of us already know but the majority don’t intentionally save for holidays/vacations, we just save our money and use it for whatever comes up. Setting up and saving to this sinking fund gives your money a name and a cause. You’ll be less likely to spend it if you give your money a cause and name. That’s the theory anyway and it works for us, give it a try. For more budgeting tips, check out my playlist of videos here.
Now onto the nitty-gritty of the family holiday expenses.
How much does London with a 3-year-old cost?
This trip is a 2 part holiday. We start with 4 nights in London and move down to Southampton for a further 2 nights.
Travel Insurance cost €24.23.
Airport Parking in Dublin Airport cost €47.00.
Flights from Dublin to London Stanstead with Ryanair cost €126.88. This includes 2 adults and 1 child with a 20kg checked bag.
A bus from London Stanstead to Stratford with Airport Bus Express costs 9GBP per adult. Our daughter was free as she is 3 years old. We paid for this on the day at the airport.
Our accommodation whilst in London is the Premier Inn London Stratford. For 4 nights in a family room, it cost €342.57.
The train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport (booked 5 weeks in advance) cost €20.74 for 2 adults, as children under 5 travel free on UK rail.
We decided to hire a car for our stay in Southampton. We booked with Alamo for €181.31.
Our accommodation in Southampton is the Premier Inn Southampton West. For 2 nights in a family room, it cost €123.25.
Flights from Southampton to Dublin with FlyBe cost €152.68. This includes 2 adults and 1 child with a 20kg checked bag.
Total costs: €1039.60
We did visit Paultons Park for a trip to Peppa Pig World but our admission was gifted. You can view the video of our day at Paultons Park here.
So that’s the nitty-gritty. If you are willing to stay outside central London, a low-cost holiday is definitely achievable. I’ll share some tips and tricks in another blog post so make sure you sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts. You can do this over on the sidebar.
I’ve included a video which you can view and hear me breaking down our holiday costs.
Thanks so much for reading.
Until next time,
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