Family Travel on a Budget
They say only rich people can afford to travel. I heard a lot of bashing online every time there is a blog about where to take our children. Some people have been wondering if it is really possible to travel even with tight budget. Yes it is! In our family, only my husband works. We live with only a median family income based on the Upstate New York standard. Did we have any debts due to our travels?! No we didn’t! In life if there is a will, there is a way! I believe that when we travel with our children we are teaching them how to value what they have in their lives. They can see how the other children are living and they can learn to appreciate the things they have. We’re giving them life’s lessons that no one can ever take away from them. Just like the saying that goes “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” -Francis Bacon, Sr.
Below is a list of how to look for a family getaway on a budget.
1. Camping in a family-friendly campsite! Staying in a hotel can be costly. However, there are places that offer other choices like cabins, RV or tent in the campground. Having your own tent set-up for camping style, is way cheaper!
* Yogi Bear
* Hershey Chocolate Park
* Darien Lake
2. Look for deals online. There are lots and lots of them! Try to sign up for a newsletter from the places you’ve been keeping an eye on. In that way, you will receive an email every time they have promotions. These apply for:
* parks/ water parks
* camping sites
* plane tickets/ train tickets/ bus tickets
3. If you spotted a discounted admission ticket for a destination, which is just an hour or two away from your place, grab it! You don’t have to spend for an accommodation on your travel. It can be a family day getaway!
4. If you’re lucky to live in the border region of your country, it means it’s very easy to hop in the other side. So do it! You’re saving money for the plane ticket. All you have to do is drive and buy gas.
5. When traveling to other countries, usually, you need to book plane tickets and hotel room for the family. I suggest to do it early. Airline companies do have great airfare promotions with a very good flight itinerary. So you pay a big bang for your bucks! Reservation for hotels can be done anytime before your trip since they do always have promotions. But if you really do have to stay in a particular resort, hotel, motel or villa, I suggests to book early to make sure you have your reservations. It’s too risky especially if you have children with you.
6. Booking plane tickets for the family a year in advance is a great thing to do. In that way, you already paid your fare before your trip and all you have to worry about is your daily expenses.
7. Make sure to have a credit card that doesn’t charge you with international fee! Trusts me it helps a lot.
8. If you happen to know someone like family, relatives or friends in the area that you’re visiting, it would be better to try to ask if you can stay with them during your visit. It will give you an idea on how the locals spend their everyday lives. You will learn more about their culture by doing this.
9. Stay with your budget! Look for a restaurant that you’re interested to try or search in advance for places where locals regularly eat.
10. You just have to know where to look for deals and do a lot of research before making decisions for your next trip! You can stay in accommodations ranging from a budget inn to a luxury hotel by finding great deals online! There are always good deals. All we have to do is find them.
11. Save for your trip! The Family Travels On A Budget have a step by step tips on how a family can save money for a family vacation. Here is the link: http://familytravelsonabudget.com/budget/5-tips-to-save-money-for-vacation/