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Plan a Fun Affordable Family Vacation on a Budget

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sometimes planning a family vacation can give you a tremendous headache. With the ever increasing prices of gas and airline tickets; family vacations have started to lose their appeal because they are financially stressful. However, having a good times with your family doesn’t necessary need to break the bank.

Look for vacation rentals. A vacation rental is often more economical than paying for a hotel room, and booking room for a extra family member can double your expenses. Vacation rentals are more economical and they come with other advantages, like a living room and a kitchen.

Eat in. If you want to reduce your family vacation expenses, eating in is a great idea. Research has shown that the average person spends more money eating out when they are on vacation than they do on lodging. If you choose to go with a vacation rental, you will be able to save a lot of money by simple preparing your own meals.

Choose a location that is close to your home. With the cost of gas at a all time high, people tend to spend a lot of money traveling to their vacation destination. If you can find an attractive location that is within 300 miles from your home, you will cut down on your traveling expenses, and still have an exciting, but cheap family vacation.

Book your family vacation during non-peak traveling seasons. It’s a lot easier to find affordable family vacation packages if you book a room during non-peak travel season. Non-peak travel times are usually before Memorial Day, or towards the end of the summer, before school starts.

Take your friends along. Try to plan a affordable family vacation that you can take with your friends. This will make your vacation all that much more exciting. In addition, you can take turns babysitting, this will give you the chance to spend some quality time with your spouse knowing your children are safe.

Bring your own entertainment along. If you choose a vacation rental, you will have plenty of room to store your board games, roller skates, golf clubs, and fishing gears this way you won’t have to spend money renting equipment that you already own.

Look for a family vacation destination that is fun and free. If you want to go on a affordable family vacation, try choosing a destination that has built-in activities, like the mountains or the beach. This way you can have plenty of fun hiking or swimming, or simply just admire the splendid view.

It might be true that vacations tend to cost more these days than they used to. Although if you plan your vacation wisely and start planing it in advance, you will have a better chance of finding a affordable family vacation that is just as exciting as the more expensive packages.

5 Quick Tips – Packing For Family Travel

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

When someone says they never check luggage, that they always only travel with a carry-on, I’m a bit suspicious. They always talk about how freeing it is to just hop on the plane without a care in the world, and just hop off and start their trip. But how is it possible? What about the liquid restrictions – do you have to buy new toiletries at every destination? Since we’ve began traveling with our daughter (and now, our son), my husband has laughed at the celebrity-sized pile of luggage and gear that accompanies us. But I’ve never forgotten something important, we’ve never had to rush to find a medicine because we needed medicine, and we’ve always been able begin our holiday immediately, without a trip to the market for essential needs.

* Divide all your furniture into all your bags, don’t have one bag per person. This way, if a bag does get lost, one person isn’t left with nothing upon arrival. This tip is especially useful when traveling with a baby, so the bag that’s gone missing isn’t the one with ALL the diapers, or formula, or food…
* Roll, instead of fold, your clothes. Everything gets a little less wrinkled and you can fit more in as well.
* Let your kids pack for themselves – at least their carry-ons. You’ll have a lot less complaining during the journey if you’ve let them choose their own books and games. Do a quick scan to make sure most of it is travel appropriate, and be sure to remind them that THEY’LL be carrying it! My 3-year-old loves to pack her travel case, and we’ve had no complaints about ignored “necessities”!
* No matter your destination or the time of year in which you’re traveling, always pack a swimsuit and a sweater. Most hotels have pools, and most airplanes are chilly.
* Always bring along a small bottle of laundry detergent. If you find you’re running short on underwear or T-shirts, a quick wash in the bathroom sink can get you through. It can also help to prevent stains from setting if you can’t do your laundry immediately.

Make sure you don’t forget anything important by following a packing list, and take comfort in the fact that if your bags were full of diapers and food, they’ll be that much lighter on the way home!

Corinne McDermott is the founder of Have Baby Will Travel: Your Online Guide for Travel with Babies, Toddlers, and Small Children. Mother of two, she’s appeared on Canada’s top-rated speak and morning shows delivering tips on traveling with little ones, and her writing’s been featured in Canadian Family magazine and the Huffington Post.

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