How To Plan An Affordable Family Vacation

Planning a family vacation can be stressful, yet rewarding when it’s all said and done. If you have a large family, finding the right destination within your budget can be the biggest hurdle. Family vacations are essential for quality family time and taking a break from the stress of work and school. Here are some tips on how to plan an affordable family vacation while still having fun.

Pick the right destination

Are there fun destinations close to home that aren’t too far of a drive? These destinations should be your first options when you’re looking at places to go. Airfare can get expensive the more family members you have and the airlines can drive up prices during school breaks. Some destinations are also more expensive than others. If you’re thinking of a trip to Hawaii, just know you’re going to pay out the nose because of the cost of living is so high there. One helpful tip is to stay in a smaller city outside of your main destination. Smaller cities generally have cheaper hotel rates and restaurants that aren’t in the center of high traffic areas.

Find a hotel or resort with activities on site

Excursions and tours can be pricey. That’s why it’s deal to pick a hotel or resort with activities on site so the kids are never bored. This allows you to relax and they aren’t leaving your accommodations alone. If you’re thinking about touring the Maine Coast, opt for a Maine family resort near the water with several fun activities included in your booking price. This also allows you to designate “resort days” during your vacation so you aren’t burned out from being on the go every day.

Invite other family members

Some hotels and airlines offer discounts for groups of 10 or more. This means you could invite other family members or friends to tag along and the cost goes down. You can also book a vacation home with several rooms and the split cost will be next to nothing!

Search for local coupons and deals

Research the area you’re traveling to, then look for coupons and deals for area restaurants, attractions, and hotels. You can also check Groupon for event tickets and restaurant discounts. If you travel in the off-season, many tour companies and hotels offer special deals to get people in the door.

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