Small Tips to Keeping Things on a Budget

Tips to keep in mind when booking an Airbnb:

  1. Some places give you a discount if you book with them for a week verses a few days. It’s always good to check to see if they have any price discounts. Some places offer quite large discounts here–there have even been a couple of places I have found where it ends up being cheaper to rent for 7 days verses 6 days.
  2. If you are planning on staying in one area for a while, some places offer monthly discounts–I’ve seen as high at 40% discounts for a monthly rental!
  3. It pays to shop around. If you have a few hours and you have a budget to keep, take the time to look around.
  4. If you find a place you think might be just what you need, yet it doesn’t quite fit your budget and they are not already offering a discount, it never hurts to ask if they would consider giving you a discount.
  5. If you have children and the home charges extra over a certain amount of people (always check this, because many do) see if they charge extra for children. I find that most hosts will knock off the price of one or two extra children. Those extras can really add up as I’ve seen some places charge over $35+ extra a night per person!
  6. Airbnbs tend to be a cheaper family option verses a hotel, but if you’re looking in London, remember that if you want hotel amenities, you best stay at a hotel and pay the hotel price.
  7. Remember that you do get what you pay for, whether it be the cheapest option in London, which gets you a tiny and dirty studio flat right next to the train tracks which run all night and is a 15 minute walk to the nearest tube station, or paying the higher prices where it’s clean and quiet and right next to where all the sites are.
  8. Remember that you will not get the same thing you would get in Spain or Italy that you would get in a place like the UK. The UK is just expensive. Everything about it is expensive. It doesn’t help that the British pound is now worth $1.40!

Vueling

Vueling (the V actually sounds like a W) is a Spanish budget airline. They offer different tier prices of tickets that fit many budgets. The cheapest fare will get you a seat on the plane and one small handbag weighing no more than 10kgs and measuring no more than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, a smaller personal item and also a bag that holds purchases made at the airport.

We have only flown Vueling from Spain to London and each time they have asked us if we want to check in our handbags (only if they are handbag size) for free–which is wonderful. I don’t know if this is because we are a family and it’s something special they offer to families or if it’s standard practice. I haven’t been able to find anything online regarding this, so I pack accordingly but hopeful when we do fly Vueling.

One thing to keep in mind when flying Vueling is that if you do not have a UK or EU passport, you will not be able to check in online or put your passport information into their system. Plan on getting to the airport early so you can check in at the ticket counter and have them scan your passport (and maybe they’ll ask if you want to check in your handbags for free).

As with almost every other budget airline, the seats are sit-able, there’s not a whole lot of leg room (unless you’re sitting in the emergency exit rows), they have food for purchase (bring cash just in case your foreign credit card doesn’t work), and the plane will get you from point A to point B.

Overall, I’ve been really happy with Vueling, their wonderful customer service and great family friendly-ness.

Liam’s Birthday 🍰 Reagan

Yesterday was Liam’s birthday (my brother). He turned 7 and my family and I traveled to London from Barcelona, Spain. Anyways I’ll talk about the plane ride. Ok so… when we got on the plane I realized that there was a field trip of teenagers. It was a long flight because of how LOUD they were!!!

On the flight Liam got a chocolate muffin with bread sticks and chocolate on them and they were on the muffin. Around the muffin were little candies (I ate all of them because Liam didn’t like them). Then we got off the plane and got through passport control leaving the teenagers behind, got our bags and headed to the flat.

Then when we got to the flat we dropped all our things off and walked to a Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, we had to leave because they were full. So, we walked over to Nandos, which is a restaurant where they’re known for their chicken wings. When we were done with dinner we walked over to a theater and watched a play called… WICKED!!!!!!

It was an amazing play! The play is about the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. It’s her story. The wicked witch has an incredible voice!!! Lastly, we walked back to the flat and brushed our teeth and went to bed.

The End! 🎂😊😁🤗