Affordable Family Vacations – Summer is right around the corner and you are probably starting to think about the next family vacation. Planning a family vacation can be very stressful in regards to making decisions on where to go, how to get there, will the whole family enjoy it and most importantly, can it be done affordably. Here are a few tips on planning affordable family vacations that are also a lot of fun for the family.
Look into visiting a state park to go camping. Pack up some sleeping bags, tents and food. It will be a great time to experience nature and help the kids get off the computer for the week. Together you can go hiking, fishing and swimming. Check with your state parks department to see availability and amenities offered at campgrounds.
Try picking locations that are not popular tourist destinations. By doing this you can save a lot of money, sometimes up to 70%. You will also avoid huge crowds by doing this as well. Traveling during the off-peak season is also a big money saver, especially if you have your heart set on a popular destination. In addition, many places offer additional discounts for children during this time.
If you have good friends or family in another city, plan a trip to visit them and see if it is possible to stay with them. It will save a lot of money on accommodations and give you the opportunity for the family to explore another city. Purchase a travel guide for the location to see what attractions there are to visit. Many will list admission prices, allowing you to have an idea of what it will cost before hand. If it is a major city, you may also be able to save money by using the city’s mass transit system versus renting a car.
You can also check out what attractions are within driving distance of your home. Look into historical sites, national parks or theme parks around your area. You can even make a long weekend out of it by booking a hotel room in the area so the family can have enough time to enjoy everything.
If you really would like to go to a particular destination, but think it is too expensive, look on the internet. There are many websites that offer vacation packages at a discounted rate or run special promotions on different areas during various times of the year. Having flexible dates of travel can also help in saving money on the family vacation you want to take. Affordable family vacations, that everyone will enjoy, are possible with a little research and creativity. You and your family can have a great vacation together, without breaking your bank.