3 Budget Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Family Vacations Can Be Expensive

It’s true!  If you don’t take the time to plan in advance your vacation savings could be blown on very little or worse, not cover much of a vacation at all.

So, what can you do to get away with the kids while they’re out of school and not break the bank?

How about…

Camping with the Kiddos

In a tent, pop-up or full out RV, camping can be an inexpensive family getaway.

You can camp just about anywhere.  By that, I don’t mean that you can just stake out a spot anywhere in the world (although that would be nice) but I do mean that there are camping sites in just about any awe-inspiring location you can think of.  You can camp by the beach, in the woods, near a lake, on a mountain, with the redwoods.  If you can dream of a destination, there’s probably a camping spot nearby.

Children often enjoy camping because they love learning how to start a campfire, telling stories, roasting marshmallows and staying up late.  There are any number of activities you can do.  Another great thing about camping is that it is fun no matter what size of a group you have. It may just be you and your family or you may have invited other families to join to, adding to the fun!

Some good resources for camping include Reserve America and http://koa.com/

Take a Road Trip

Going on a road trip is a great vacation idea for those looking to get away for an affordable price.

I think it’s fair to say that one of the biggest costs associated with family vacations is the money spent on airline tickets.  Since driving is typically much cheaper than flying for families then a road trip is a great option!  If you take the time to plan your trip in advance then you should be able to get a lot of vacation for your money.

I think of travel as an education so when you’re looking at the map, make a plan to visit a several interesting sites along the route you take. Make sure you plan to make frequent stops (every few hours) to ensure the kids don’t get too antsy, too.

One of the things my husband & I both remember fondly is driving my roadside signs to odd little places.  I was able to visit a ton of cool things like the Petrified Forest, Tombstone, AZ & Carlsbad Caverns because to my family the journey was the vacation while the little boy that my husband was pining for the experience as he watched the signs go by. So plan to make stops. :D

Visit Family or Friends

If you actually like your family (and they like you back) then it’s possible that heading to where your family lives & bunking in with them is the solution you’ve been looking for.  Same goes for good friends.

Staying with family or friends can have huge benefits.  You can:

  1. Save money on lodging
  2. Stretch your food budget
  3. Cousins can play together
  4. Show your kids that friends & family are important.

Obviously, this is something that you should discuss as a family or friends before you make the decision to make a vacation out of it. Make sure everyone is on board with the idea first so a good time will be had by all and don’t forget to return the favor!

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