Summer is the perfect time for that long awaited family getaway. However, traveling with the family can become expensive making it difficult to plan for the ideal vacation spot. Following are a few suggestions to help reduce expenses while making the most of your vacation.
Haven’t decided where exactly you would like to go this year? Begin by making a checklist of destinations you are likely to visit with the family. Another option would be to stay close to home exploring new places or locations that have not been visited in a while. You could also separate your trips into several weekend outings rather than of a single week long trip. Children will enjoy it as well believing that they are receiving an extra treat.
Start by preparing a schedule that also includes visiting important landmarks besides spending valuable time together. Rather than dining out every day, prepare some picnics in the park. Make it fun by teaching the children regarding the cities you’re visiting by making use of public transportation to explore interesting sites.
Check out several travel packages for popular destinations. Most package deals usually include airfare, accommodation, food and beverages, as well as tickets to popular attractions.
Methods of Travel
Everybody would love to be able to just jump on a plane to get to their destination. However, this isn’t always the most convenient method, especially when traveling with children. Instead, search for other means of transportation such as a train or bus, sometimes these modes of travel are less expensive. It might take a bit longer to get to your destination however, it would allow spending more time with the family. Traveling by train could be an adventure in itself.
Another popular method is by car. With gas at a 10-year low, renting a car for the trip is most practical. You can easily save on gas and repairs by not using your own car. Check with the car rental agency if you need to take out extra insurance on the car. Also, check with your insurance company to see if your plan covers any damage to the rental car.
This can be the biggest hidden expense of a family vacation after transportation and lodging. Considering a family of four, the cost of food can easily add up to hundreds of dollars a day. Bring some snacks and drinks along that the children will enjoy eating as an option to eating out. On longer trips, plan in advance for lodging that features a kitchenette so that you can arrange your own meals while saving some money.
Vacations can offer a fun and exciting time for the entire family. However, the cost can add up rather fast. Begin the preparation process early by pinpointing the sources that take up most of the money, searching for ways to reduce expenses without having to sacrifice the value of the trip.