Traveling as a family is a great way to spend quality time together. From day trips to long-term travel, adventure, ecotourism, and educational travel are increasingly popular family activities. As a result, destinations are responding to demand with great deals and more flexibility to accommodate families on a budget.
There are many ways to save on travel and still have a wonderful vacation. Bringing food from home for staple meals, dining out only to enjoy special regional cuisine, and taking day trips until enough money is saved for a long-term trip, are just a couple of ways to save money. Packing equipment like mountain bikes and Frisbees saves on activities at a destination. Combining a business trip with vacation can cut trip expenses in half. There are so many ways to get out of town without it costing a fortune.
Long-term planning is all about patience. With patience and a little fiscal discipline, you can go just about anywhere. Some families plan months, even years in advance for major destinations. They save diligently and only take their vacation when they have the funds. Patience puts travel within reach that’s otherwise unaffordable if you’re willing to wait until you save enough to make it happen.
For families who love last-minute travel, travel bargains abound. But these hot deals can change in seconds, so diligence is a must. Signing up for every travel newsletter and watching for specials every day are the keys to getting the best deals.
Ten Tips for Successful Family Budget Travel
- Remember that spending quality time together is the most important part of family travel.
- Be realistic: Only take trips you know you can comfortably afford.
- Avoid destinations that don’t appear legitimate. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Work with an outfitter whenever possible, especially when traveling to remote destinations.
- Save, save, save. Expand your destination options by saving for your trip in advance.
- All-inclusive vacations are tempting because they can limit the number of times you have to reach for your wallet. But be sure to check for “hidden” expenses before booking travel.
- Consider taking an educational vacation — it’s a great opportunity for your family to learn something together.
- Long-term travel planning can help you save, but some of the best deals are for last-minute weekend getaways.
- Combine business or trips to see extended family with your vacation for extra savings.
- Can’t decide where to go on a day trip? Put ten doable destinations in a hat and let each family member draw one each month until you’ve been to each.