A family holiday in the Alps sounds absolutely idyllic, however taking the whole family can become expensive quite quickly. You can still enjoy this part of the world without breaking the bank with a bit of forward planning. Here are some tips to help you keep that budget under control but still enjoy a great family holiday.
When to take your family holiday in the Alps?
For the budget-conscious the best time to visit the Alps is during the off-peak season. This is during the summer when skiing is not always possible in some resorts. Prices drop dramatically during the summer months and you can get discounted tickets and passes for those glacier resorts where skiing is still possible. Family holidays are much more amenable during the summer months too, especially with young children. You may be able to find some good deals during the peak winter months but prices will be higher and resorts a lot busier.
Where in the Alps should you go?
Chamonix is a great choice if you are travelling with small children and toddlers. The town has everything you need when it comes to entertaining the little ones and as it’s not just a tourist area but a working residential town the facilities are available at all times.
For older families Tignes, can keep you entertained with summer skiing and mountain biking. The mountain bike park is free to use during the summer months of July and August. The year-round glacier means skiing and snowboarding is always available to visitors. You can take the funicular to the top of the glacier even if you don’t want to take to the slopes.
Morzine is a great all-round destination for everyone in the family. You will find plenty of things to do plus a bustling town with great nightlife. Everything you need to suit all of the family’s needs. You can find holidays here that include free family activities too.
Try free activities in the Alps
Even if your accommodation or transport are quite expensive in the Alps there are plenty of free things to do. Many resorts offer free activities especially for kids. If you book a package holiday then lots of things can be included in your booking or offered for free by the agents. In such a beautiful part of the world there’s plenty of scenery to enjoy and paths and trails to discover. Walking and hiking is the perfect free activity to enjoy in the Alps. All you need are your walking boots and off you go!
If you want to save money other cheap activities in the Alps include mountain biking, paddle boarding, swimming and ice skating. Plenty of active outdoors things to do to wear out both adults and children, giving you all a peaceful night too!
Buying breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the whole family can really add up. Why not stay in a chalet or apartment where you can prepare and cook meals for yourselves. The more family friendly resorts have local supermarkets and shops where you can stock up on staples for your holiday. Make packed lunches and have picnics whilst hiking or cycling during the day. Self-catering is great for fussy little eaters too, as it can be hard to find reasonably priced restaurants that cater for the whole family.
So if you follow these tips you can have still have a great family holiday in the Alps without it costing the earth. Have you been on a family holiday in the Alps? What is your top tips for keeping your budget under control?