A vacation can cost a lot of money. That’s why you need to read these 5 ways to save big on family vacations. There are traveling expenses, food, entertainment, and more. All of these things add up. Factor in kids and you’ve got a lot you need to pay for. These are 5 ways to save big on family vacations.
*Drive to Your Destination: Airplane tickets can get costly when you are flying 4 or more family members. Save big and drive. Gas is cheaper and then you can stop and fun places on the way. Driving will also save you money because you won’t have a rent a car! 99% of the time, we drive. See how I survive road trips with my Kids!
* Plan Meals/Cook at Home: Food can become a huge cost on vacations. Dining out is expensive at home, especially in busy traveling areas. We always save money by eating dinner at the house. Breakfast and Lunch is fun to eat out in moderation and restaurants usually have a cheaper lunch money that can save too. Plan your meals ahead and try and bring special ingredients/foods that you can!
*Look for Free/Cheap Things to Do: Any place we vacation we always plan ahead and look for free things to do. Parks are great and kids love exploring new places. When in Colorado we had so many trails to go on and they were all free! At the beach you have something free to do everyday, play in the sand! Search your destination on-line and ask for referrals for cheap things to do. Check out Groupon or other similar sites for discounted tickets on family fun.
*Set a Budget on Souvenirs: One of our favorite things to do vacation is shop for happy, happy gifts! As fun at it is, most souvenirs are very costly. We had our daughter bring her own money last summer to Colorado. She was able to spend how she wanted, but when it was gone, it was gone 🙂 This is a good plan for adults too. Even better, bring cash. When the cash is gone, you’re done shopping.
*Go During Off Season: This tip alone can save you $1,000’s! Last summer we visited Colorado. Colorado during the summer time? Yes! The weather was glorious and we saved by not going during ski season. No, we couldn’t ski, but there was so much to do that we never even knew we were at a popular ski town. Most of the time it’s warm in beach areas. Visit Florida or other beach places in late Sept/Oct. We usually go to the beach at the end of the summer. It’s not total off season but the prices on houses are a lot cheaper in late summer months.
With just a little bit of planning you can save big on your next family vacay! With all the money you are saving you can relax and enjoy the moments with your family! Happy traveling!