Vacationing and activities with a large family means shelling out more money for just about everything – hotels, rentals, food, activities and more. Being smart about planning fun trips or activities without breaking the bank is essential. But just because you are a on a budget or want to keep the sticker shock to a minimum doesn’t mean you need to skip the family vacation. This year, we’re skipping our big, week- long family vacation and trading it in for smaller trips, weekend getaways, staycations and activities.
Ideas for Inexpensive & Fun Family Getaways
Beach Day or Weekend
If the beach is part of your typical family vacation, opt for a beach day or just stay overnight. Find a beach less-traveled or try to schedule a getaway during the week when things are less crowded.
As mentioned above, you can shorten a trip or just do a few nights. That also goes for other favorite destinations. If you’re willing to drive and spend a short amount of time, it can be a good option. We love Cape Cod, but the price of our rental is not in the budget this year.
We’ll probably return again for our typical week in 2018, but this year, we’re opting for a shorter trip to New England – a couple of nights vs. the pricey full-week.
Deal directly with owners of rentals and look for mid-week deals at the last minute. Sometimes, rentals will have a few days that haven’t been booked and the owner will be happy to reduce the rate to at least rent it out.
Local History & Culture
Stay close to home but visit those points of interest in your own backyard. We live super-close to many historical, revolutionary era points of interest — yet, we have never visited them with our children.
We’re always so focused on vacation planning that we haven’t exposed our children to the things that are close to home. Think museums, historical attractions and cultural events/fairs.
Amusement Parks & Attractions
Look into smaller amusement parks or ones that more local to you. A day or two at a smaller-scale park can be just as fun. Many of these parks have water-attractions, lodging and shows. Plan well and it can be a great weekend getaway.
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Share with me: What are some of your family’s favorite places, attractions or events? How do you plan your family’s getaways?
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