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My Top 6 Tips for Budget Travelling With a Toddler

I used to think that being a mother marks the end of my travelling, gallivanting days.

To be honest, travelling with a child in tow does come with limitations. However, these limitations don’t necessarily mean saying good bye to treks and trips because it is possible to work around them. In fact, ever since I became a mum, I’ve been travelling even more!

It is challenging, but travelling with kids makes a trip even more fun and memorable. Don’t worry; I’ve been there. My 4-year old has already gone to different places in the country including Baguio, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cebu, South Cotabato, Maragusan, and Tagaytay. This summer, we’re planning to visit Bataan and Subic. All on a budget! If you want to know how I did it, here are my top 5 tips for travelling with a toddler on a budget.

1. Organise the trip ahead of time.

It’s funny but I organise trips several months — even a year — ahead of time. Not only are we able to book cheaper flights, we are also able to look for affordable accommodations. What I do is check online travel websites for great deals. Since we’re planning to stay in Subic next summer, I already started looking for a good accommodation in the area. I found this hotel:

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Charming and quaint — affordable, too!

2. Arrange a “journey pack” that will entertain them on the road or during your flight.

Backpack, backpack!

Backpack, backpack!

My son always has his small backpack with him wherever he goes. When we travel, I fill it with things that will entertain him such as snacks (try to avoid too sweet stuff though – they go hyperactive), books, toys, and gadgets. This way, he wouldn’t get bored and at the same time, I wouldn’t need to buy him food and toys all the time.

3. Let them use their own cheap camera.

Taking his own pictures in Banana Beach, Tagum City

Taking his own pictures at Banana Beach, Tagum City

On-site entertainment can be cheap! If you have a cheap camera phone or a tablet, you can give it to your child (provided that he is old enough to carefully use gadgets) and encourage him to snap away. Three benefits: they are entertained, the photos will become memorable souvenirs, and photography is always a learning experience.

4. Don’t forget to pack weather-appropriate clothes.

Changed Yuri from a thick sweater into a casual shirt

Changed Yuri from a thick sweater into a casual shirt

Sometimes, this is obvious. Like, if you’re going to a beach, you will pack swim suits and clothes with breathable fabric. If you’re going to Baguio or Tagaytay, you will bring sweaters and thick garments.

However, pay attention to the weather. For example, one time, we were at the beach and the weather suddenly went gloomy. Thank goodness I also brought sweaters and jackets! And when we were in Tagaytay, it was so sunny it didn’t really feel like we were in Tagaytay. Good thing I brought extra shirts that were humid weather-friendly. This way, there won’t be any need for you to buy new clothes — unless you want to. *ehem*

5. Remember that a child-friendly accommodations are not always expensive.

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In my dictionary, a child-friendly accommodation doesn’t necessarily equate to playrooms or custom-built furniture. My definition of a child-friendly accommodation is simple. It is clean, secure, and convenient. A working elevator, friendly staff, a comfy bed with fresh sheets, cool air conditioning… you know, the basics!

I’m leaning towards booking our accommodation through Traveloka. I love that I can see the prices per night right away. But more than that, there’s also an option to look at various traveller reviews. As someone who always books her trips online, these online reviews are very valuable to me!

6. Don’t worry about things not going your way; just have fun!

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Resting at Bell Church in Baguio

Not everything is going to happen the way you were envisioning it — that’s the truth and that’s also the truth whether you’re travelling with kids or not. I’m terribly OC but I intentionally let go of my rigidity whenever we’re travelling. Just go with the flow and have fun!

What are your travel tips? Do share!

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19 Comments

  • Reply Gilian September 27, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Ok. This is encouraging me to travel with my sons. =) I’ve recently had a bitter taste of traveling due to reasons related to kids & husband that I even told myself, I won’t be traveling soon (like 3 years), but hey, once a traveler, always a traveler. =) You gave me an idea on how to somehow ease the stress of traveling with kids. =) This is helpful. =)
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  • Reply Berlin September 27, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I agree. Travelling with kids comes with great limitation but double the dose of fun, though. They are so curious and they tend to be like the Doras and Diegos who love to explore.
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  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth September 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Great tips you had there Mommy. The backpack is really useful! They both have their own bags with biscuits and juices and it gives a lot of help during our trips.

  • Reply tina perez September 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

    giving your child their own camera is a brilliant idea. it will make them occupied and unleash their creativity
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  • Reply Janice September 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

    By next summer we’ll be traveling not only with teens and a grade schooler but with a baby as well so these tips serve as great reminders for me to start planning early. 🙂
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  • Reply Coi September 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the tips Mommy Maan! I will keep those in mind! Hoping that we could travel by next yr already kahit within the Philippines lang. 😉 Not good with finding cheap flights though 🙁
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  • Reply Lhourdes Mercadero September 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for these wonderful tips Mommy Maan. This is a big help specially that im planning to travel with my little kulet next month

  • Reply Samut-Sari September 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    tips 1-5, I can follow. #6 will be really hard coz when disappointment sinks in, I’ll be gloomy and of course, unhappy hahahaha.. but, will try that next time..
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  • Reply Juvy ann September 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    We love travelling as a family too. We started when we only have our 1st son when he was 2 years old and now he is 12 and my youngest is now 8. I carry with me loads of tips based on personal experience froms trips here and abroad and my personal fave: 1) plan ahead 6-8 months (booking early plane tickets and accommodations) is the best way to save, 2) plan your itinerary based on yiur kids interest(that means less shopping and more parks/ museums for us…and soace your itinerary), 3) pack light (i woukd nit be caught tagging 2 kids and 2-3 luggages navigating a foreign land…
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  • Reply May Palacpac September 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    A big check on the camera! We encourage our kids to take photos too. The travel pack worked for a while for us but later on, with 3 kids, hindi na. We have to learn to pack light kasi,haha, kasi with 3 kids, we tend to pack like we’re never coming back, LOL!
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  • Reply Melisa Sanchez September 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah I agree all of the above. Our toddler loves travel mas excited pa sa amin at nakoooo, sya ang mas nag enjoy. nakakatuwa kasi marami din silang natutunan.
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  • Reply Neri Ann September 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Got me an idea about the cheap camera! My kids really love taking selfies with me and they will even grab my phone. Hmm I need to find two.

  • Reply Mommy Anna September 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Same here my son always has his back up with his stuff of toys, I let him choose what ever he wants to bring and enough food and drinks during the trip
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  • Reply Kati Balayan October 1, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I agree with all 6 tips lalo na ‘journey pack’. Even if were just going to the mall, I see to it they are occupied and entertained in case we get stuck in traffic. I pack biscuits, water, books and crayons.

  • Reply Iping Reyes-Ardoña October 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Great tips! Big yes to journey pack and letting them take photos! I always look forward to traveling with our little guy. It’s truly double the stress but super tons of fun! 😀

  • Reply Liz A October 2, 2016 at 2:27 am

    My son has been traveling since 5 weeks old! LOL! The destination was Baguio-Manila and vice versa. Now that my son has settled here in the big metro with me, I am looking forward to more travels with him in the future. These are indeed great tips to keep in mind when I start planning. 🙂
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  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen October 2, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I love travelling with my kids and I’m really excited when I arrange their journey pack..hahaha.. snacks, activity book — everything I could think of.
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  • Reply Mhaan arambulo-delos santos October 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Journey backpack sounds great! Now that my son is turning two, we need a lot of toys to keep him entertained. I also love the idea of letting him taking some pictures. I will definitely do that when gets older. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply momshoutout October 3, 2016 at 11:42 am

    thanks for sharing the great tips, these surely of help esp those who into travels with tods

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