By day, Kelvin Ang, 42, is a financial planner. By night, he runs parenting blog Cheekiemonkie (www.cheekiemonkie.net) where he regales readers with tales of parenthood, including family vacays. Kelvin and his 41-year-old HR manager wife, Sharon Khoo, usually take the kids — Ashton, 13, Ayden, 12, and Alethea, seven — on long vacations to destinations such as Fiji, Switzerland and Hokkaido during the June and December holidays, and nearby jaunts in Malaysia over long weekends. “It’s definitely not cheap for a family of five, especially with older kids who no longer qualify for air tickets and even buffets at child prices,” explains Kelvin, who was recently on a panel of guest speakers at an Expedia media event. Family holidays are great, but vacaying with your kids in tow may burn a hole in your wallet before you even realise it. Here’s how to manage your vacay budget without sacrificing the fun.

Main picture: (from left) Kelvin and Sharon with Ayden, Ashton and Alethea at the picturesque Mt Titlis in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Photo: Kelvin Ang

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