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Welcome to the Thrifty Family Travel Blog!


At Thrifty Family Travels we believe that travelling the world doesn’t have to stop the minute you have kids.  We also believe it doesn’t need to be expensive or all about Disneyland (although the odd trip is cool!).


As the name suggests we are all about going on family adventures across the globe, looking for the best deals and saving money wherever we can without ever compromising our experience.  We also love to splurge every now and again – who doesn’t!!!


The aim of our website is to inspire you to get out and see this great big wide world with your kids.  Whether its international travel, interstate or even around your own city.  Family adventures are everywhere!


In every destination we visit, we will show you all the best family friendly attractions and accommodation as well as where to save money, what to splurge on and practical itineraries with details regarding how to get around.


Want to know more about who we are? Read more here.


Do you want to start planning your next family adventure?  Then keep reading below.


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So what are you waiting for?  Start planning your next Family Adventure!


Save Money


Check out our guides on how to save money on airfares, accommodation, car hire and food.  We will share with you all of our favourite websites where you can save hundreds on your next family trip.


Start Packing


One of the best ways to travel with kids is light!  Lugging around lots of bags and trying to wrangle kids is stressful.  So we can help you with not only what to pack but also on how to travel light.


Where to go


Need inspiration on where to go?  Check out our destination guides from the above menu, or you can read about our more recent travels by clicking the links below:



Talk to Us


We are travel bloggers and unlike big travel agency’s we are accessible.  Join our FB group or send us an email.  Ask us or any of the numerous families that belong to our friendly community any travel questions you may have.  We are here to help you.


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Hello family travellers!

I’m Melissa, the creator of Thrifty Family Travels and I am here to share my passion for travel with you and the rest of the world! Travelling for years now, I have picked up plenty of great tips to pass along to other passionate travellers like yourself. With my thrifty ideas, clever itineraries, and great tips, I can help you to see the beautiful world on a budget as well! I specialize in finding great deals, discovering new tips, and ensuring you get great value for money. Having travelled solo for many years but now travelling with my young daughter and partner, I have discovered ways to travel with small children, a family, and alone, all while staying thrifty! I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my page- now have a look around and feel free to ask me for some travel advice!

Cheers, Melissa.

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