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How to Squeeze Fun Family Vacations Into a Tight Budget

How to Squeeze Fun Family Vacations Into a Tight Budget

Many families have felt the financial pinch over the past couple years, due to the economy going through a rough patch. It will come as no surprise that your family may be facing many of the same challenges when it comes to finding room in your budget for family vacations. We are here to tell you that you can still enjoy a fantastic family vacation, and we can help you do it!

We have found a few ways to keep costs down, while preserving the overall fun that comes from taking family vacations. Here are a few suggestions for planning an awesome and affordable getaway.

Research, research, research!

H2O SportsThe internet is your best friend when it comes to saving money on your vacation. You can easily find deals, coupons, budget worksheets, and other really useful information online. There are tons of ways to save money, regardless of where you want to go. Along with finding specials, you can also uncover any surprise costs or hidden fees.

Plan, plan, plan!

There are many different budget planning worksheets available online. We found this to be a helpful tool for not only planning vacation choices, but to also help with a vacation savings plan prior to a trip. By starting a vacation fund, you can avoid damaging your monthly budget and still have a great time. The key to a vacation fund is to begin saving 6-12 months before your vacation. We know it’s not easy, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Consider a road trip rather than flying

Road trips are significantly more economical and also offer a unique opportunity to share the experience with your family. You can pack snacks, travel at your own pace, and best of all… no flight delays! Some great memories can be made during family road trips. Playing silly games, off-key singing, and loads of laughter are just a taste of what’s to come!

How about camping instead of hoteling?

Camping offers opportunities for drastic savings which can allow your family to either extend your vacation, or even visit that dream destination that was always a bit out of your budget. Check the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) website for more information.

Bring your own food

After lodging, food will be your next biggest expense, so finding savings can have a huge impact on your vacation budget. If you find a way to stay someplace where you can bring your own food, such as motel rooms that include a kitchenette, you will be able to save so much money. It can be a task that the whole family gets to work on together. Perhaps each of your children gets to pick out one meal, or one special snack. Remember to include everyone in the plan. If you can turn a chore into a game, your whole family will want to help out.

Take a “stay-cation” and explore your own area like a tourist

Try your local visitor center and pick up brochures on your city’s historic attractions, museums, and monthly special events. Then you can hit the streets of your own city like a tourist. You’ll be surprised by how many things there are to do in your own area. If you take the time to look at your city like an out-of-town visitor would, you are sure to find new adventures and activities that you never knew existed.

House Rentals/House Sitting/House Swaps

Here is a vacation idea which has grown in popularity in the past few years. There’s even a commercial on television showing how families can bring their pets with them by renting out someone’s house for vacation. (This also saves on either a pet sitter or boarding!) Several companies specialize in vacation housing rentals and swaps. These types of vacation rentals can easily be found online, on Craigslist, and even in newspaper ads. Obviously, you will need to thoroughly investigate these to make sure everything is on the up and up, but there are great opportunities online that are worth consideration.

Discounts & Coupons!

Most attractions and vacation activities offer some sort of special pricing. You will be able to find these on either the particular attraction’s website or by making a phone call to the company to ask about any deals. You can find many of these helpful money savers by doing a little bit of detective work. The more money you save means the more activities that you can do, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

These are just a few ideas to keep your family vacation fun, and on budget. Vacations give us the opportunity to have some downtime with your family and recharge our own batteries. So understandably, we want them to be memorable and special. They can still be completely awesome on a budget, by doing some research and planning ahead of time.

If you’re looking for a great place to take your next vacation, try Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There are many fun activities to enjoy which are perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking to get out on the water for an amazing day of fun and sun, visit H2oSports.com or give us a call at (877) 290-4386 for more information on how to get your adventure started.

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avatar H2O Water Sports • August 14, 2015

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