Visiting Europe with kids is like taking them back through time. Depending on where you travel, they could see many of the sites and landmarks they'll discuss in school, and all while on a vacation where learning is more fun.
However, planning a trip to Europe with kids that's both educational and fun isn't cheap.
Not only do you have to fork over the big bucks for trans-Atlantic flights, but you have to pay for entry into attractions you deem worthy, plus food, transportation and lodging.
If you're aiming for a family trip to Europe and want to save on the many expenses you'll face, here are six tips that can help:
SKIP THE HOTEL AND AVOID DUAL HOTEL ROOMS
Many traditional hotels in Europe create quite the conundrum for families with more than two members. Since fire codes limit many properties to just two people per room, families often need to book two rooms or a larger (expensive) family suite if that's even available.
That's why rental condos are a must for families in Europe. You can always try Airbnb, but there are plenty of localized rental agencies that can set you up as well. With a website such as ParisPerfect.com, for example, you can book a Paris condo from a reputable rental agency (and not an individual owner) while scoring a place with multiple bedrooms for the kids and a large living area where everyone can relax.
EAT OUT FOR JUST ONE MEAL PER DAY
Dining out is easily one of the most expensive components of any trip, near or far. But when you have your family along, the expense can easily double or triple.
To save money on food, try dining out for one meal per day and eating the rest at "home." Obviously, this is a much easier feat if you have a rental condo with a kitchen instead of a hotel room.