Inexpensive Vacation Ideas
With Spring Break right around the corner, you may be planning a little getaway. Last week we covered where to find the best deals on travel. There are many other ways to reduce your vacation expenses, if you get creative.
Last summer, my family took our first ever real family vacation (one that didn't involve visiting family). It was nothing extravagant, but the memories will last a lifetime. To save money, we opted for a road trip, and loaded up four kids in our trusty minivan. We headed south to New Braunfels, Texas to explore the famous local water park. Instead of a hotel, we rented a fully furnished condo with a kitchen for preparing meals. We plan to return this year and make it a tradition.
Here are 5 more ideas for inexpensive vacations:
1. Staycation. With the rising cost of gas, it makes sense to plan a vacation right in your own backyard. This can be as simple or elaborate as your imagination desires! Read Christina's tips for a fun staycation.
2. Camping. If you are a fan of "roughing it" (I am not), camping is certainly a frugal option. If you don't have equipment, consider borrowing some to avoid a hefty initial investment. Read this helpful camping guide for more frugal tips.
3. Bed & Breakfast Retreat. If you have just a few nights to get away, perhaps without the kids, consider one of the many quaint bed and breakfasts. Simple, classic and romantic, these charming inns are like hidden gems, sometimes right in your own city. Find great deals on I Love Inns.
4. State parks. Plan an adventure for the whole family and get outdoors. National parks have much to offer, with site seeing and education wrapped up in one fantastically frugal vacation. Find your nearest park through the National Parks Service.
5. The beach. My personal favorite! If you can manage to get there, a warm sunny beach and the ocean provides all the entertainment and enjoyment you need in one vacation. No fancy equipment required! Just bring plenty of snacks, sunscreen, and your camera, of course.
Are you planning a frugal family vacation this year? Share your ideas below!