Family Vacations on a Budget

Money is tight for just about everyone these days, but just because you aren’t rolling in the dough doesn’t mean that you cant take a family vacation that everyone will love. Spending more money on a vacation doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have a great time, in fact, sometimes it can increase the stress on the trip which drags it down for everyone.

Here are a few tips on saving money during your family’s next vacation without cutting out the fun.

Sure, this can involve using less energy or reducing your travel distance, but I’m referring to the original green – the great outdoors. On average, camping vacations cost 35% less than staying in a hotel for a similar period of time. Even if your family isn’t thrilled about sleeping in a tent, there are other options like RV campgrounds, cabin rentals and more. Also, depending on the campground your family visits, there is usually plenty to do on the premises, cutting down additional travel and entertainment costs. Enjoy the fresh air AND the savings when you take a family camping trip.

This one might seem like a no-brainer, especially since if you have read this far, you are probably already researching ways to save money on your trips like joining small group tours switzerland . But don’t stop here. Everywhere you look and everywhere you go, you can usually find it for less. Example: Six Flags single day passes to the amusement park are normally around 60 bucks. Buy the ticket online and they drop the price to 35. For a family of 4, that’s nearly 100 bucks in savings that you can use for other things. If you take the first price you see somewhere as the lowest price available, you’re probably doing it wrong and missing out on some big savings. Don’t be afraid to dig around for online coupons or other savings.

There are usually undiscovered destinations and locales within 100 miles of your home that your family will absolutely love. Not only does staying close to home reduce your travel expenses, but you are generally less inclined to overspend if you are closer to home. If you are traveling across the country, you are usually more disposed to spending money just because you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a cheaper place to eat, a less expensive rental car, or similar expense. Staying close to home keeps you comfortable and generally familiar with where some of the best deals are, allowing you to save money by default.

Most importantly, however, is to have fun. If the lack of money is going to prevent your family from having fun, it is better to put the vacation off for a couple of months until you have an appropriate amount saved up instead of lowering the group morale by monitoring every penny you spend on the trip. Don’t get me wrong, a budget is a great thing to have, but make sure your budget can accommodate your family vacation.


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