Cheap family vacations don’t have to be nightmares of bad food, worse service and lumpy beds. There are lots of cheap family vacation ideas that will create memories, and that fit within your budget. Cheap family vacations don’t have to break the bank. Please leave your best family travel savings tips in the comments!
- Camping In Your Own Backyard
Camping is one of the almost free family vacations. You can camp directly in your own backyard, saving gas money and travel time. The best thing about camping in your backyard? A real working toilet just a few steps away. All that is needed is a tent, some food, sleeping bags…things that most of us have in the home already. To entertain the kids, play games such as a night walk (searching in the dark for bugs and night creatures), a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt, and name that sound. Backyard not your thing? Try state parks or nearby campgrounds for memorable cheap family vacations.
- Check Out A Nearby Town
Another cheap family vacation idea is to visit towns or cities in your own state. We become so immune to what’s going on in the communities because we live here and work here. There are tons of events, shops and sights going on around you all the time. To get the most out of this cheap family vacation idea, do not go to a town or city that you frequent. Many cities offer free events, museum admission days, free concerts and more. Check the local paper or website to find out what is going on around you.
- Take A Staycation
Another almost free family vacation. A staycation is simply when you stay home, disconnect from all the various electronics in your life and enjoy your time with your family. Play board games, card games, truth or dare, go for a nature walk or even a bike ride. Take the kids to the park, or that museum you’ve been meaning to go to. The possibilities are nearly endless. This is time to reconnect with your family, to really focus on them. After all, isn’t that what family vacations are all about? Mini-staycations are possible at any time as well, as they can encompass just an evening.
- Check Travel Websites
Staying close to home not your thing? Then check out travel websites for cheap family vacations. Here are 24 sites Kiplinger the personal finance magazine recommends. If you travel in the off-season, prices are usually reduced. There are many places to choose from, but make sure its one you feel comfortable with. Keep an open mind and check many destinations to find one that is both cheap and pleases the family. See if they offer group discounts, or if any of your affiliations have discounts available.
Now go out there and create memories with these cheap family vacation ideas!
This guest post was written by Raiscara Avalon. A freelance writer and single mom with many interests, Raiscara often wonders how to fit everything into a day. A dedicated multi-tasker and perpetual dreamer, she somehow does it all, or as much as humanly possible.