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How To Plan An Affordable Family Vacation

How To Plan An Affordable Family Vacation Michael Luchen

Planning a vacation for the family can be stressful especially one that will be affordable. Many times, due to the budget, most people settle for a quick weekend getaway or a staycation at the grandparents’ house. However, you have many options beyond those two and with a little bit a creativity and planning ahead of time, you can cut some of those vacation costs and still have a wonderful time. So, here are some tips for planning an affordable family vacation.

 

Look For Discounted Vacation Packages

Be on the lookout for any family vacation packages offered on various discount sites like Groupon and Living Social. These sites can provide real savings if you have the flexibility in your schedule. Take a look here for more great places where you can find affordable vacation packages.

 

Off-Peak Pricing

Have you ever been to a mountain ski resort during the summer, or a beach resort very early or very late in beach season? These are examples of vacation destinations that can be more charming, relaxing and even less expensive during the off-season periods when fewer tourists are around. So, be sure to take advantage of any off-peak pricing for vacations.

 

Cut Back on Extras

Many times, one of the easiest ways to clear room in your budget for a vacation is by cutting back on some of the extra expenses. For example, you can stay at a hotel that comes with a substantial free breakfast which would eliminate the cost of at least one meal per day. Another option is by searching for hotels or resorts where children eat or stay for free. Or even booking a room that comes with a kitchen so that you can cook a few of your own meals. If you are someone who flies often, you can sign up for a frequent flier program which can come with waived baggage fees. Drivers can utilize apps like Gas Buddy to save on gas costs as it helps you find the cheapest gas in your area.

 

Think Beyond The Traditional Hotel Room

If your family is feeling adventurous, you will be able to find plenty of comfortable, low-cost travel alternatives that will make for a much more interesting trip. Larger families can even consider renting a vacation that will allow you to accommodate bigger groups for a much cheaper price, especially for longer stays. A great resource to use is HomeAway.com which has a list of almost a half-million rental lodgings around the world. Finally, what better way to spend a family vacation than with a campsite, especially if you love the outdoors. You will be able to find some incredible campsites on ReserveAmerica.com that include spots with beach and water activities, fishing, golf courses, horseback riding, and much more.

Affordable Summer Family Vacations

Affordable Summer Family Vacations Michael Luchen

Summer vacations are a great opportunity to bring the family together for a fun getaway. These can be quite expensive depending on where you go, however, there are plenty of destinations that will not break the bank. Summer season is very busy in terms of traveling, so picking the right destination can make all the difference in regards to saving money. Many of your options are both domestic and international, so you have a plethora of destinations that will be easy on your budget and the perfect fit for your family vacation. Here are some affordable family vacations for the summer.

 

Winter Park, Colorado

Now, most people might look at the resort town of Winter Park in Colorado as a winter destination, but, it is also a great spot for the summer. Rates at the Winter Park Resort begin at just $89 per night and with this families can enjoy biking, horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, and Colorado’s longest alpine slide. You can also visit the nearby Snow Mountain Ranch which has one of the only three summer tubing hills in the United States along with mini golf, swimming, and indoor and outdoor climbing walls. Plus, every Thursday during the summer from June 14-August 13, they have free concerts at Hideaway Park.

 

Vienna, Austria

Austria’s capital city of Vienna offers a level of walkability that makes it quite the affordable spot for families, especially as they have many free walking and cycling tours. As you go through the Vienna Pass, you will have free access to more than sixty of the city’s most popular attractions such as museums, a giant Ferris Wheel, and attractions like Madame Tussauds and the oldest zoo in the world, Tiergarten Schoenbrunn which dates all the way back to 1752. The pass also comes with many options such as the single day which is about $72 for adults and $27 for kids and the six-day passes which are $189 for adults and $95 for children.

 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If your family loves water, a great option for you may be Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There are properties such as Sea Mist which offer guests free unlimited access to its water park along with discount passes to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park. Plus, in the summer, they offer a fifth night for free, a free Friday for each seven-day stay, a $90 EZ-cash card for people who book their trips 90 days in advance, and fifteen percent off stays from June to August on select rooms every Sunday through Wednesday.

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