Family vacations are supposed to be fun and memorable. Yet, planning and finances can be stressful. Many families destroy their budgets as they overspend on items such as parking, entrance fees, meals and miscellaneous items. Then, they spend the rest of the year trying to overcome their debts.When it comes to planning a budget for your family vacation, it is important to understand the bottom line. Yet, even more important is sticking to your budget. You can do so by staying at all-inclusive resorts, choosing packages and traveling domestically. Even visiting cities a few miles away from you can be quite enjoyable and a respite from your daily work life and responsibilities. You want to have peace of mind on vacation, here's how.
When it comes to planning a budget for your family vacation, it is important to understand the bottom line. Yet, even more important is sticking to your budget. You can do so by staying at all-inclusive resorts, choosing packages and traveling domestically. Even visiting cities a few miles away from you can be quite enjoyable and a respite from your daily work life and responsibilities. You want to have peace of mind on vacation, here's how.
Visit a national park
With hundreds of national parks throughout the country, you may have several within your state. Instead of paying exorbitant airline costs, it is much more cost-effective to have everyone hop in an RV and enjoy the ride. Plus, kids love exploring and there is plenty to explore at a national park. According to an article on Outdoorsy, there are 10 free national park days in 2017. This means you don't even have to pay an entrance fee--that goes a long way in terms of sticking to your budget.
Travel in the off-season
When it isn't the high season, prices are always lower. You may even have the ability to afford Disneyworld if you go in January or February. Traveling in the fall is also quite spectacular as you can see the colors changing from as early as September. Hotel rates are also lower, and many eateries offer deals and specials to attract more patrons.
Keep a change jar
You should always save your change, and put it in a jar. Try not to pay for anything with change. Within a few months, you may have accumulated several hundred dollars. You can use that for gas money, food or miscellaneous items.
Buy gift cards all year round
While it is important to put money in a savings account, it is also too easy to dip into that savings account when an emergency arises. Then, your back at square one. Instead, buy gift cards for restaurants, gas stations and coffee shops. Store them safely. Then, you can use them on your trip. This way, you are less stressed about money.
Blog about your travels and destination
Disney gives two free passes a year to legitimate bloggers who write stories about the theme park. You might get in touch with attractions you plan to visit and ask if they offer anything similar. You would be surprised at how many local businesses are willing to offer free perks or admission just for a write up and postings on social media. This can go a long way towards cutting down on costs for admission fees.
One ticket to Disney can cost over $100. Of course, you want to ensure you have a back log of relevant topics and a strong social media presence before reaching out to business owners or theme parks. They want to make sure they are getting a good return on their investment.
When you are planning your next family vacation, remember you don’t have to stress over money. Just a few simple tips will help you to have a frugal and memorable vacation.