Going on holiday at least once a year is a necessity – especially for families with small children. Even though it can be stressful at times, getting away from the everyday routine for a week or two is good for the soul. However, the organising part can be so overwhelming that you forget to feel excited, have fun, and enjoy the journey. Here are a few tips to make the process a bit easier, save some money and not fall into those old tourist traps:

1. Check online for good flight fares when you’re booking your trip – there are many sites that collate all the cheapest fares from a variety of airlines, and that will save you paying your travel agent a booking fee. You could even quote the price you’ve seen online and check if your travel agent can compete with it – it can save a family of four up to $1000!

2 . When travelling to big cities, I find the best experiences I’ve had travelling is when I get out of the tourist districts or the CBD and look for the authentic neighbourhoods. Not only will you immerse yourself in the destination, but it’s also cheaper than staying in the CBD. That way, you can shop, eat, play and sleep where the locals do, and not at inflated tourist prices. It is also more likely you’ll be nearer to parks and playgrounds suitable for the kids if you stay away from the concrete jungle.

3. Whether you’re staying two nights or two weeks, short term rental accommodation provides you with savings and is great when travelling with kids. Private apartments, lofts or houses can be found for 30-40% cheaper than hotels, and with a little bit of research you can find great, affordable and spacious accommodation in many vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods. Most even have full kitchens so you can prepare food for the kids before heading out for the day. There’s nothing worse than only having a hotel breakfast to rely on!

4. Look up the attractions or theme parks you want to visit before you go, and find out what days they have discounts or free entry – especially handy if you’re travelling with a big family!

5. Last but not least, fund your holiday by renting out your own apartment through a safe and standardised online rental platform. Especially during summer and peak holiday periods like Christmas affordable accommodation across Australia is already booked out or out of reach for international travellers. So take advantage of your home and earn money while saving money on your dream holiday.

By Jia En Teo, travel expert and co-founder/COO of www.roomorama.com,  the world’s fastest growing short term accommodation rental platform offering over 50,000 properties in 3,600 destinations around the world.