Affordable Family Vacations

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Looking for affordable family vacations that will not break the bank or cause a protest from the young ones? This is easy to accomplish if you follow these tips.

Find Things Close To Home

Many people look into affordable family vacations without seeing what is close by. Often times you do not need to go very far to feel that you have left behind your ordinary life. Find a place in your state that you have not been to and center your vacation around that. This will save the time and money of flying or driving far. It can also be really fun to find places close by where you can return year after year for family fun and escape.

Choose Lodging Carefully

When looking at where to stay look beyond the cost. Find somewhere that is central to the areas you will be going to, has reasonable food options, and activities for the kids. One of the greatest money saver can be a place with a swimming pool for kids who like to swim. They can swim for hours, with the benefits of being free and burning off restless energy. Some also have basketball courts, free movies, or accessible walking trails. Another option to consider is choosing a hotel designed for business men, where there is a kitchen and larger common areas, such as a regular sized dining table.

Go As A Group

Have friends who are also on the search for affordable family vacations? Go as a group. A great way to do this is to rent a condo or house and agree on who will pay for what This option works best if you know the friends or family that you will be going with, since there is nothing worse than being stuck on vacation in an uncomfortable situation. The benefit to taking this approach is that you may be able to afford to go somewhere that otherwise would not have been an option because of cost.

Look For Packages

Affordable family vacations are often easier to plan with package deals. You can find packages for things like transportation and local attractions. If you will be going to a big city where there are many museums and landmarks, it is worth looking into a deal where one price is paid for admission to a group of them. Some package deals have to be purchased in advance and are limited by an expiration date, so be sure to double check if this is the case before heading out.

Go To See Family

Maybe you have parents or siblings in another state. Even if you have thought of this as an affordable family vacation, you may have vetoed the idea due to it not sounding fun. This does not have to be the case. Instead of focusing your vacation around being with extended family, you can focus on the trip there and back, and only stay for a couple of days. Just let the family members know that you will be in the area and would like to visit for a day or two. Then you can plan for a slow trip out and back, where you can stop at some fun sites along the way.

These are examples of affordable family vacations that exist. There is no reason that affordable has to mean boring, instead it can be just as fun and exciting as an expensive trip.

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Sarah Holt writes for Everything About Travel .com. For more on “Affordable Vacations, as well as a free “Travel Secrets” e-book, travel stories and tips, visit

Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 3:21 am  Leave a Comment