How to Take a Family Vacation on a Budget

Traveling As a Family Can Be a Challenge

Let’s face it: Traveling as a family is difficult. Often, the bigger the family and the younger the kids, the more challenging it is. In any case, anybody who has ever planned a trip and/or traveled with their family will likely attest that it is not an easy process. Coordinating schedules, making sure everybody has packed appropriately, keeping an eye on everybody to make sure they’re safe, and planning activities that everybody will enjoy are only a few of the tasks that are involved in planning a family trip.

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There is one more task that is almost always one of the most difficult ones: Making a budget for the trip. The cost of the trip depends on a variety of factors, such as how many people are going, where you’re going, and what you plan on doing while you’re there, but in any case, you should know that your family trip will be a costly endeavor. For many people, the cost of traveling is what decides when and where the trip happens, as well as if it happens at all.

You Can Travel on a Budget as a Family

But here’s the good news: It is totally possible to travel with your family on a small budget. You can get the best of both worlds if you take advantage of a few simple tricks that will keep your finances to a minimum and the good times to a maximum. Here’s everything you need to know to take a family vacation on a budget.

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  • Travel during the off-season. Every travel destination has an “on-season” when it is a popular destination and an “off-season” when fewer people are traveling there. When you go during the off-season, every aspect of the trip—from airfare to hotels and tourist attractions—will be significantly cheaper. This way, you get the same experience for a lower price. And there won’t be as much of a crowd, either!
  • Save money on food. When you’ve arrived at your destination, food will be one of your biggest expenses. There are, however, a few ways to drastically reduce how much you spend on food, which will save you a pretty penny.

 

    • Rent a hotel with free breakfast. This way, you’ll eat one meal for free, you can pack something light or get a quick snack for lunch, and you’ll only pay for a large family dinner.
    • Use grocery stores. Eating out, while a fun cultural experience, is always more expensive than visiting a grocery store and getting all of the ingredients you need for an at-home (or, in this case, at-hotel) meal and snacks for the day.

 

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  • Avoid hotels. While not always the case, vacation rentals are usually cheaper than hotels. Of course, you’ll probably miss out on the benefits that hotels offer, such as room service, free breakfast, and swimming pools, but you’ll save some money and still have a great time.
  • Travel with another family. If you’re planning a weekend getaway or any other trip, if you can get another family to tag along, you’ll be able to split the cost of food and lodging. This way, you’ll save money and you’ll have more children to entertain yours. That’s a win/win!
  • Avoid shopping too much. Of course, shopping is often part of the vacation experience, but it is also one of the fastest and easiest ways to break a budget. Try to stay away from gift shops and shopping centers to avoid random spending and maybe decide on a date and time that you will dedicate to shopping.
  • Ask the locals. The locals will know better than anybody where the best deals are. Whether you’re looking for a delicious local restaurant, fun tourist activity, or a great place to shop, someone who is native to and/or familiar with the area will be able to point you in the right direction.
  • Take advantage of free attractions. No matter where you go, there will be plenty of activities that will be fun and free. Usually, these activities will be outdoors, but that’s a good thing more often than not. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or driving around to see the scenery, those free activities can literally be a priceless memory.

How to choose the right package holiday for the family

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But how do you make sure you choose the right holiday for you and your loved ones? Package holidays are becoming increasingly popular choices. But what is a package holiday, and how do you go about choosing the best one for your family?  Continue reading “How to choose the right package holiday for the family”

Planning Your Kids’ First Ski Trip

Skiing is one of the most popular outdoor activities during the winter. Its popularity is well deserved, too—renting some gear and hitting the slopes makes for the perfect day activity, weekend getaway, and even a longer vacation such as a week-long stay at a ski resort. What’s more, skiing is an activity that every member of the family can enjoy. While there definitely are challenging slopes that only expert skiers are recommended to explore, skiing really is as difficult or easy as you want it to be. If you have small children, you can stick to the smaller hills until they feel more comfortable. If you will be skiing with elderly people, pregnant women, or people with bad joints, cross-country skiing is a perfect alternative that will provide everybody with a great time and a great workout.

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While skiing is a great activity, it does take some planning and preparation. Having the right gear is essential for enjoying a day on the mountain. Conversely, having the wrong gear or not planning ahead can turn a ski day into a disaster and make it memorable for all the wrong reasons. Nobody wants to spoil their family’s memories of skiing or give their children a bad first impression of one of winter sports lovers’ favorite pastimes, so in an effort to help you be prepared for a ski day with your loved ones, here’s a quick guide on how to plan your kids’ first ski trip. Continue reading “Planning Your Kids’ First Ski Trip”

Vancouver as Canada’s Top Culinary Destination

For those living outside Canada’s west coast, Vancouver sounds like a fantasy land. There is sun, surf, mountains, and of course, food! In addition to being a cultural hotspot, Vancouver is Canada’s top destination for exciting culinary experiences.

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The west coast is known for embracing creativity and bending the rules inside the kitchen. Taking this wild-child attitude, combined with diverse cultural influences, makes for a thriving culinary scene. In the past, travel trends might have centred around history or night life but now, food is topping the charts. Popular travel sites have even begun to consider culinary trends in their recommendations to travellers. So, what is it that makes the food scene in Vancouver so great? Continue reading “Vancouver as Canada’s Top Culinary Destination”

Recreational Activities to Make Your Daily Life More Thrilling

“Variety is the spice of life!” Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard that expression at least a few times in your life and have felt the truth of it when we realize that our lives have become monotonous and routine. Every now and then, we all catch ourselves simply going through the motions of life: Waking up, going to work, coming home, watching TV, going to bed, then repeating the same process day in and day out. If that has ever happened to you, you will likely agree that it isn’t much fun. When every day feels the same, we all need something to help ourselves snap out of it and revive our appreciation for life, our sense of wonder, and the imagination of the child within us.

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The secret to spicing up your life is hidden in plain sight within the quote: adding variety! Taking a new way to work, going to a different restaurant than usual, waking up at 5:00 am to see the sunrise. Even the smallest change in your daily routine will stand out like a drop of red ink on a crisp, white paper, and it will inspire you to make more changes in your life until you’re excited to make every day a new adventure. There is a lot of power in trying new things, and there are even forms of therapy, like experiential therapy, that are centered around branching out, breaking routines, and trying new things. Continue reading “Recreational Activities to Make Your Daily Life More Thrilling”