How to do Florida on a budget like me
OMG I am still in a state of shock. I just can’t help feeling smug..
We had an amazing family holiday to Florida for two weeks last year and it really was one of those once in a lifetime type holidays. I didn’t think that I would be able to afford to go again even with reducing our costs as much as possible. There aren’t many discounts to be had on park tickets as they are pretty much a set price so the cost of your holiday rockets.
As we have already done the parks now (Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens and Seaworld) I started thinking that maybe we could go to our favorite place in the world and do everything that we missed the first time.
There were so many things that we missed during our two weeks that I really wanted to do and thought that the possibility of doing them would be slim.
Clearwater Beach, Daytona Beach and an air boat ride on the Everglades to name but a few of the amazing places I wanted to visit. Our priorities then took over and we concentrated on the theme parks, as we had paid so much for the tickets.
I knew that holiday companies start reducing their prices for Florida closer to the time that you want to go….. and sometimes by hundreds!
If I am honest, I had a look on the off chance that they would be cheaper as I was looking for an all inclusive to Greece.
I checked Thomas cook who were also offering codes with £200 off and they didn’t have the dates that we needed. I then looked at TUI and saw some fab deals with hundreds knocked off the price already, many came in cheaper than the Greece holiday.
There was also a code on the site that would give me another £150 off the price of the holiday as it is long haul so this reduced it by even more.
Here is a breakdown of the price with my discount code:-
4 x Flights on Thomson Dreamliner
4 x Adult flight meals + 20kg luggage per person + 5kg Hand luggage
1 x Double room at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista for 1 week
Total price £399 per person = £1596
Not only did we bag this AMAZING deal for the dates that suited us but we also used Topcashback to book through which also allowed us to use the discount code from the site combined with 2.5% cashback = £39.92
As we did last year we were keen to hire a car as we found it so easy to get around that way, so we managed to get a separate deal with Holiday Auto’s. This included a guaranteed brand new car with full tank and fully insured for two drivers for £257…cheaper than the insurance on the free car with TUI. We also used Topcashback for this and got £12.45 cashback!
Total price for holiday to Florida for 4 people with flights, meals, luggage, car and accommodation (including cashback and discount code) = £1800.63!!!!
I am over the moon with that price (literally cannot veer away from the subject) and we won’t have the expense of the parks to take in to account either. The holiday to Greece was coming in at around £2000 with discounts which would have been All Inclusive for the four of us, so taking that in to consideration we will probably spend a little more on food, but to be honest one of our favorite parts from last years holiday was driving and visiting all the different diners and restaurants. These don’t work out too bad, especially since we are next to a CiCi’s pizza!
I will add that we already have ESTA’S from last year that are still valid and new passports, so no renewal costs for us to consider this time.
Now, I am not saying that you can just go on any site and instantly get a good deal, it will take some work and needs to be done at the right time..but it is doable! Look around, use the cashback sites, use the discount codes, you can SAVE A FORTUNE.
Maybe Florida is more affordable than we tend to think…
If you love reading holiday destination reviews, then try going over to wotawomandiary.co.uk to read about her holiday to Bruge (this destination is top of my list) and much more.
Also read my blog post on Free Family days out here.