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    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 12th Aug 08, 10:30 AM
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    How much should I take on holiday?
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:30 AM
    How much should I take on holiday? 12th Aug 08 at 10:30 AM
    We are going to France in a couple of weeks self catering on a Keycamp holiday and I would like some advice on how much money we will need for 2 adults and 2 children (age 9 and 5), we really want to spend as little as possible, we are going for 10 days, can you give me any ideas how much we can get away with spending?



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  • gar123
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:35 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:35 AM
    google a place called carrefour its like a monster lidl and you can stock up on food for buttons if there is one near you, you know all the kids crisps and snacks that can add up
    • monday blues
    • By monday blues 12th Aug 08, 10:38 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:38 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:38 AM
    my friend just back from keycamp and said it was very expensive (euro) esp if you want to do trips to water park etc. she was 140 euros for that alone.

    i know its not france, but im just back from spain for 2 weeks 1/2 board and found it very expensive. we were careful, did enjoy ourselves but didnt go out every night drinking etc, didnt eat out at all for 2 weeks (instead ate at the half board restaurant) and we took 1,000 but had to put another 100 euros on my debit card. hope this helps a bit.
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  • sarahc44
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:38 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:38 AM
    Hi we are going to France for 2 weeks, keycamp two children.

    We go Saturday and we are taking £1000. This is for all shopping and days out. We have around 80 euros a day budgeted after the initial supermarket shop, deposit on caravan and travel down there.

    We took 1000 last year on the same holiday and it was more than enough, some days we had out and spent our budget for that day, others we stayed on site and hardly spent any money.

    have a great time - where abouts are you going x x x x
    Last edited by sarahc44; 12-08-2008 at 10:39 AM. Reason: add a line
    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 12th Aug 08, 10:40 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:40 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:40 AM
    the keycamp place we are going to has the waterpark onsite, I was led to believe that this is on the park and part of what we have paid for?

    1000!!!!!! I wanted to get away with half that really
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  • OliveOyl
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:42 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:42 AM
    with the children, they may be old enough to have their own budget.
    eg 10, and if you show them how to divide it by the number of days, and if they save one day, they can spend twice as much the next day. It worked quite well with mine (DD spent hers by mid-week, DS brought most of his back home they haven't changed ) but that was in the days of Francs.....
  • Snaggles
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:45 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:45 AM
    Millemonster, it really depends on what you want to do. France has become more expensive for things like food etc, just as the UK has, but if you are just basically going to make meals yourself, use the facilities onsite (swimming pool? play area? etc), and just have a nice relaxing time drinking wine and eating fresh baguettes and cheese, then you wont need a huge amount of spending money. We took 600 last time we went, and brought about 50 back, although there were only 3 of us.

    Things like theme parks, restaurants etc will really eat into your budget though, so if you are going to do that type of thing, I would think you will need more than 500.

    Where are you going? If you have a quick Google, you can plan things to do in the area that aren't too expensive before you go.
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  • LilacPixie
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:49 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:49 AM
    I think you will struggle with 500 for 10 days if you want to do alot of trips etc.

    We did spain late last year. 2 adults 1 toddler and were 400 but we were all inclusive. Trips were a small fortune and while you are in these parks etc you really are at the mercy of the prices they charge. 3 euro a soft drink etc.
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    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 12th Aug 08, 10:58 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:58 AM
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:58 AM
    Snaggles, thats exactly what we are planning to do we are just going for a relaxing holiday with the kids in the pool, maybe take them to the beach, walks etc, we're not really into theme parks etc!, we're staying in Brittany, can't remember the exact name of the place
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  • hermanmunster
    exchange rate is dire compared with last year - feels a bit like one for one at the mo....
  • OliveOyl
    9 and 5 year olds love having Mum & Dad's attention.

    My 3's (18, 21 & 21) memories are nearly always the cheap things we've done, but where we've spent time with them.
    Buckets & Spades stuff.
    • monday blues
    • By monday blues 12th Aug 08, 11:19 AM
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    sounds lovely, hope you have a nice time.

    one thing, this year i was confused over whether to take all euros, part euros/part travellers cheques or debit card etc etc. when we went to spain, we eventually took 1/2 euros and 1/2 travellers cheques but my uncle (who lives in spain) suggested next time take a small amount of euros and the rest sterling as exchange rate better when you are there. why not take your 500 as planned or a bit more - mix of euros and sterling, and any more than that take your debit card - so you can at least try and stick to a budget.

    only a suggestion, i was in a right quandry as a lot of people say travellers cheques are outdated. anyone else any suggestions.
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  • sarahc44
    I am taking 1000 but are having 4 extra days and also we are travelling a lot further into France than you - we are heading just south of La Rochelle. So my petrol and tolls alone there and back are around 300 euros x x x
    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 12th Aug 08, 1:06 PM
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    my petrol budget is completely separate fortunately so the 500 is just to feed us, kids will have their own spending money for treats etc, Oliveoyl, I agree with you completely, ask me what I got for xmas and birthdays when I was a kid and I couldn't tell you, but I do remember all the times I spent with my parents just having fun!!
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  • AnnaDin
    We're with Nationwide who don't charge for taking money out - so I'm off to Holland on Saturday and taking around 20 Euros but using the cash machines there just like I would in the UK. It has worked well for the last 10 years or so. Definitely don't get travellers cheques.
  • Yorkshire-Lady
    It 'can' be done, and you'll have a wonderful time!
    One tip is buy ice lollies from the supermarket and keep them in the freezer. This will save a fortune as they usually charge 2 euros on these camp sites.
    If you buy a box of 20 for 5 euros, you can be doling them out to your 2, plus the numerous friends they'll make.
    Let your 9 yr old do a diary, and let them be in charge of their own daily spends, encourage him/her to include what they spent their money on.

    DH and I had a caravan when ours were tiny - they're now 18, 20 and 23, and those holidays were the best we ever had.

    Have a great time.

    Y-L
  • NickWarren
    Hi last time i went on a keycamp holiday they wouldnt exchange travellers cheques on site. we had a pre paid card for the shops on site which you topped up at reception for the shops etc so in the restaurants and the supermarkets you couldn't pay cash or debit card. Not sure if its the same on all sites or just the one we went to. if your kids have some of their own spends you should be fine, just think how much would it cost for 10 days shopping here and then take that off of your £500.
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  • pkwales
    tolls?
    Sarah 44,
    I drove to the south of spain last year and never paid a toll , there is always an alternative. I am doing the same again this autumn.
    ps. I have just bought a sat nav does anybody know if I can avoid toll roads and still use it.

    quote=sarahc44;13272793]I am taking 1000 but are having 4 extra days and also we are travelling a lot further into France than you - we are heading just south of La Rochelle. So my petrol and tolls alone there and back are around 300 euros x x x[/quote]
    • nomoneytoday
    • By nomoneytoday 13th Aug 08, 2:58 PM
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    Sarah 44,
    I drove to the south of spain last year and never paid a toll , there is always an alternative. I am doing the same again this autumn.
    ps. I have just bought a sat nav does anybody know if I can avoid toll roads and still use it.
    Originally posted by pkwales
    It can be done, but with children I would take the nice fast motorways and pay the EUR30 or so
  • sarahc44
    I would personally drive the longer route but there is 3 cars going and am out voted on that one! I prefer to go in the convoy so will pay the tolls.
    Part of the fun of our hols every year is the other 8 people we go with - so excited x x x
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