We all want to get away for a family vacation without breaking the bank. Whether you are on a tight budget or looking to stretch your travel funds to travel more often, we have a few tips to help you save money on travel and have the vacation you always wanted.
Budget Travel Tips for Families
Travel in the off season
Many travel destinations offer seasonal pricing and by booking a stay out of season, you can save money. Park City, Utah is popular for winter skiing, but their summers are beautiful and a great time to visit. Plus it is cheaper during the summer, outside of the winter skiing season. Traveling during the week may also save you a little money as weekends tend to be a higher daily rate.
Travel by car
Traveling by car can be the best value for families. For the cost of a tank of gas, you can visit a wide variety of places that everyone will enjoy.
Book lodging with a full kitchen
One of the biggest ways to save money is to prepare your own meals instead of going out to eat. When on vacation, look for hotels that offer a full kitchen. Plan. to cook several meals in your room and save a lot of money. On a 10 day trip to Florida a few years ago, we estimated that we saved about $600 doing this.
Save on luggage fees by packing light
Many airlines now charge baggage fees. Packing light reduces those fees and helps stream line your packing process. If you are vacationing for an extended period, an onsite guest laundry is a great option. When we vacation, we always plan on doing laundry at least once while we are gone. With active boys, staying clean isn’t an easy feat and it’s easier to plan on washing clothes.
These are just a few easy money saving travel tips that will help you stay on budget and do more when you arrive at your destination.