Families vacationing on a budget can make for interesting vacation planning. While Disneyland and Universal Studios may not be on the agenda, there are certainly ways of making your family’s vacation truly unforgettable. For starters, you must be creative.
Camping is a very viable option for the vacationing family on a budget. If you have vacationed as a family before on a budget, then you may already have some of the camping gear required to get you started. All you need is a tent, sleeping bags and a few bare necessities and you are ready to go. However, make sure that everyone is in agreement to camping out; otherwise your family vacation could turn into the family nightmare.
Vacationing families who aren’t keen on the idea of vacationing in the great outdoors, can plan for other discounted vacations as well. There are many websites offering budgeted rooms and bargain vacations if you just know where to look. Search on the web for Discounted Travel and you will find scores of options. Hotel rooms can be reserved using these travel discount centers for half the price if you bargain shop and search several of the websites.
Bartering for your vacation is a very real possible option as well. There are websites which will offer trade-outs for families looking to vacation in your area enabling you to vacation in their area. Sometimes this can be a huge savings and you’ll be surprised at the bartering options you may have. For instance, as a family wanting to vacation along the Gulf Coast Beaches, you may be surprised to learn that a family desires a vacation for the Bristol Motor Speedway race in August and if it just so happens that you live in Bristol, you may have a family vacation opportunity of a lifetime.
Families vacationing on a budget do have to pull out all of the stops in order to realize a happy medium that everyone in the family can live with and very often that means flipping on the computer and putting some thought into the vacation. Be flexible when planning a family vacation. If you think camping is the route you need to take but your teenage daughter is afraid to tent camp, then search campgrounds for the very simple cabins that often are nothing more than a log home shell with bunk beds and modern bathroom. Still, if a locked door at night makes your daughter feel safe, ten dollars more or twenty dollars more per night, may be possible and worth her security.
Vacationing families can work together to find many fun and cheap vacations. And while Disney World may have to wait this year, family memories shouldn’t have to wait. Dollywood’s Water Park and other fabulous theme park and water park vacations can be postponed until another time, but your aging family needs nurturing now and family vacations are a wonderful time to bond.