Entry #1256, June 6, 2012
A family vacation is not a luxury but rather a necessity. It keeps the family closer and gives time to spend together. It is an opportunity to know your kids better and so with you to them. Taking your time to be with your family in a vacation is a great way to escape from your work routines. It tends to take away your stress and fill in happy memories.
A family vacation does not have to get you out of your budget. You do not have to pile up loans just to have a getaway with your family. A careful planning will give you a great family vacation without emptying your pocket.
To do this, you have to know these useful tips on how to save money on a local vacation:
Have a memorable vacation without going far
Remember that the goal is to spend quality time together with your family. Choose a place that is a few hours drive that your family has not yet travel around. It would save you money on airfares or higher fuel costs. Visit your local travel agent and get brochures or look online for local attractions in your geographic location. From a few hours away drive by car, to staying at home at night and having a “day vacation” during the daytime.
Reserve lodging ahead of time.
The cheapest way to have an accommodation is to check-in a backpackers’ hotel. This is like a dorm-type hotel that can accommodate single, twin and family guests for an overnight stay. This is quite cheaper than other hotel accommodations. You might want to consider camping if you and your family have not experienced it yet. But the best option is when you have relatives or friends who live near the place you intend to go. You may ask for just a night’s accommodation for your family.
Save money and bring food
You may bring food with you before going to your destination. Remember to seal it properly to prevent it from being rotten. Also, you can buy from groceries and pack your snacks and lunch. Buying food and drinks in your destination might be very expensive, if available. Thus, bringing your packed food is a brilliant idea.
Choose a location that isn’t expensive to enjoy
Consider activities like forest hiking, visiting national parks and other similar places that require lesser spending. Also consider looking into time shares, rental properties in your local area, you’d be surprised how much fun it is to just go stay at someone else’s house! Bring along some movie rentals, food and enjoy your family in town!
Remember to plan ahead for this local family vacation. By doing this, you can avail of great discounts for early or advance reservation. Enjoy your family vacation!
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