1. Go in a group and share in the costs
Take the initiative to plan holidays with family and friends. Your children will enjoy the company of playmates on the road and you will get to share out the costs of transport and accommodation for the journey.
2. Travel by land or by sea
Travelling overland or sea is usually the cheaper option. Even when you manage to book a zero-dollar airfare deal, costs of airport taxes and fuel surcharges do add up.
3. Look for unique accommodation options
Bunk in with friends as much as possible. If not, try a Bed and Breakfast. They are rather charming and grant a different experience from the major hotel chains.
If travelling to Malaysia, try HomeStays to find private vacation homes inclusive of bedrooms, kitchen and living room at low, low prices.
4. Get off the beaten track
Try Sotong Fishing at Coconut Village Resort in Johor. It costs around RM150++ per night including scrumptious seafood meals. And, if you need to charter or hire a car or mini bus to get there, those are available too. Remember the first tip: get family friends to travel together and share in the transport costs.
Alternatively, go bird-watching at Pulau Ubin and star gazing at Pulau Semakau. Both these are just a ferry ride away and equally enriching.