Holidays can be expensive from the moment you book to the moment your plane lands back at home. It is often difficult to budget for your time away, because you don’t know what the prices are going to be like in your destination or how you are going to keep yourself and the kids entertained. That being said, there are some general tips that you can follow to help make your holiday in Tenerife with the kids cheaper. In this article, we show you how you can enjoy a holiday on a budget and still have a fantastic time, and the kids often enjoy this type of holiday more than an extravagant one.
Where to Stay
It is possible to save money even before you have made it to Tenerife. Take a good look at different hotels on the island, you don’t need to go with the ones in the shiny brochure at the travel agents. These hotels tend to be in the popular resorts where prices rise astronomically. As long as people are prepared to pay them, they will charge them. Some time spent searching on the internet, however, might show you some other, cheaper alternatives where you won’t have to compromise in regard to service and facilities. You just won’t be located in a busy resort, which could be even better.
Where to Eat
The best way to eat out in Spain and still save money is to adopt the routine of the locals. Spaniards usually have their main meal at lunchtime and if you follow suit you could save money. Many restaurants in Tenerife offer a cheaper lunch menu. It is possible at lunchtime to eat from a set menu for around 15 euros per person for a three-course meal. This should fill you up sufficiently so that you can snack on something cheap in the evening. Another great tip to help you save money is to look for restaurants in quieter areas. Walk away from the restaurants near to the sea-front, you will pay a premium here because of their prime location. Walking, even just a few streets away, from the sea will save you money.
What to Do
Tenerife is really geared up for tourism, and it would be possible to go and spend a fortune visiting different waterparks, zoos, or museums. Why not just enjoy what is there for free though? You are pretty much guaranteed glorious weather so why not spend your days enjoying it at the beach. Tenerife certainly has plenty of beautiful beaches to offer, you really will be spoilt for choice. You could head to the capital, Santa Cruz, if you want to soak up a bit of culture. Here you will find picturesque plazas to wander around, botanical gardens, and parks that you can enjoy for free.
How to get around
There is a very good bus service in Tenerife and it can be the cheapest way to travel. Whilst a transfer taxi is still the best, most convenient way to travel to and from the airport, especially when you book in advance with a company like HolidayTaxis, using the bus during your holiday can help you explore the beauty of the island for less. For even cheaper travel, buy pre-paid Tenmas cards from either the bus station or selected kiosks around the island. These passes can save you up to 50% on the price of tickets and can be shared between people. Taxis on the island are also reliable and are metered to ensure that there is transparency and fairness in the cost. If you are travelling with a family, it might be more cost-effective to make use of taxis rather than pay bus fares several times over.