Holidays are a special time when all the family members are free from school and work. It's also the most convenient time for a vacation. However, these holidays are also the times price when prices go up. For those who want to cut down on travel expenses, here are five ways to travel cheap during peak seasons.

Home swap. If you don't want to spend much of the traveling funds on hotels and resorts, TESCO Living suggests the use of the home swapping scheme. It is cheaper because you get to switch homes with another family on their holiday. But do make sure you use a reputable agency to ensure insurance arrangements.

Plan early. If you are sure on your itinerary, it is always a good idea to book in advance to get the best and cheapest deals. If it's not cheaper, you get the best options that would make your holiday worth your money. You should also consider "free" child places that would surely save you money.

Villa swimming area. A perfect holiday scene would be relaxing in your own private swimming pool but it can be too expensive sometimes. A good advice is to book a villa near a pool or a beach. This ensures a good view and an easy access to swimming areas at a lesser cost.

Midweek travel. According to Telegraph, midweek is the best time to travel compared to weekends. It is not only cheaper but also less stressful since airports and terminals are less hectic and rowdy.

Spain, Portugal, and France. Another thing to keep in mind is the greater the availability, the best chance of good value. With the lesser demands, it allows less competitive prices. There are more flights to Spain, Portugal, and Spain than other European countries. These places will not only save you money but also a holiday to remember with their vast tourist spots.