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.

Nature in All Its Glory: Connecting With the Great Outdoors on Vacation

Taking a vacation with the kids should be fun for everyone, but there are only so many theme parks that you (and your wallet) can cope with. When you need a break from the pool, and the kids need a break from the museums, there is a big world out there waiting to be explored. All you need to get the kids to come along is an angle.

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Safety First

Nobody is going to enjoy a hike if they are anxious about safety, so take sensible precautions. Ensure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be back. Find out from local sources what hazards you might encounter on the way and how to deal with them. Continue reading “Nature in All Its Glory: Connecting With the Great Outdoors on Vacation”

Travel Tips: Five Insights Into Planning a Family Vacation

Vacation travel with the family can be an extremely relaxing and fun time for everyone involved, but that’s only if you take the time to properly prepare your trip. These are five insights into planning your family vacation that will ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Pack Snacks and Avoid Gas Station Junk Food

One of the easiest ways to save money and time while traveling on vacation is to pack finger foods beforehand. Grab a cooler for water and sodas, and pack chips, crackers, and other snacks in zip lock bags. Not only will you save quite a bit of money this way, but you won’t need to stop while on the road nearly as much. Gas station products are generally much more expensive than the same products in the grocery store, so when you have to stock up, head to grocers instead. Continue reading “Travel Tips: Five Insights Into Planning a Family Vacation”

Five Tips for Having a Worry-Free Family Vacation

When you go on vacation, the last thing you want to do is worry about what’s going on at home. The good news is there are plenty of ways to avoid any need for worry! Here are five steps for a fun and worry-free family vacation.

A WorryFree Family Vacation

1. Make sure all your bills are paid.

Take the time before you leave to sit down and list out every expense you might have. If any of those bills aren’t paid, take the time to pay them. You don’t want to come home to a dark house because you have no electricity, or worse, no internet, and you aren’t able to upload all the pictures you took on your trip. This step is especially important if you are going on a vacation longer than two weeks. Continue reading “Five Tips for Having a Worry-Free Family Vacation”

Are You Planning Your Vacations with Family? – Make The Most of the Special Moments

Travelling for leisure and pleasure is a big treat for the people. People hardly get time out to travel for fun from their hectic schedule. The idea behind travel and leisure is not just to travel and visit different places but to bring the essence of travel and leisure activity to a new height. It is undertaken to allow you the experience of the leisure activity while sightseeing and exploring the area.

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During the journey, you will put up in the leisure resorts that offer great service and mouth watering delicacies. Such outings develop a bond between the partners going on the excursion trip together. The following points may prove of some help for those who are novice to the travel and leisure trips. There are certain points of concern for the travel and leisure activity that has been aptly discussed in the following points. Continue reading “Are You Planning Your Vacations with Family? – Make The Most of the Special Moments”