Whether you’re on a tight budget simply because you don’t have a lot of extra spending money or because you’re trying to put some aside for retirement or a rainy day, it doesn’t mean you need to forgo the fun that other families experience. Instead, you simply need to know how to find the best family vacations without breaking the bank. Regardless of the size of your family or what it is you like to do, the following are cheap vacation ideas for the family on a budget.
It seems as if people don’t go camping as often as they used to, but it’s a great way to spend quality time with the family without spending a fortune. If you or your spouse are avid campers, then taking your family into the wilderness and living on the land could be a fun experience and a way to get everyone together and off the grid. However, if neither of you really know what you’re doing, it may be best to find a local camp site in the area where you can rent a cute cabin for the weekend. This way, you have the conveniences of home but you still get to enjoy the outdoor amenities provided by a secured camp site.
The United States is packed with a lot of history, and that includes the town you currently live in or other larger cities nearby. Most people don’t realize how much there actually is to do in your neighborhood when it comes to history. For instance, those in Chicago could take a trip to the Graceland Cemetery, which is packed with the graves of so many famous people throughout history and who made a giant impact on Chicago. For those in Virginia, you can look for Westgate Williamsburg vacation packages that allow you and your family to learn more about the area and take in some US history. Although these places have major history, they are not considered very popular, which means the price for all of these places is very inexpensive.
Some families enjoy spending a day in the sun, so taking a trip to the beach can be a great way to spend time together. Whether you live on a coast and have access to an ocean or your closest beach is near a lake or pond, there is always some great opportunities for you and the family to enjoy. Rent a boat for a day and take the kids water skiing or tubing, pack up some good picnic and beach snacks, load up on sunscreen, and have some fun beach activities in mind. Throw all of that together, and you can have a very fun day at the beach with your family without spending a ton of money.
Do you have extended family that live somewhere else? If so, use that as an opportunity to take a family vacation for cheap. Find out if you can stay with these relatives for a day or two and explore the area around them for a chance to see someplace new. In addition, since you’ll be staying with family, you likely won’t need to spend a lot of money on food either. All of this can add up to a great vacation that allows you to keep money in the bank.
When all else fails, there’s always the opportunity to vacation at home. This doesn’t mean holing yourself and your family up in your house, but it does mean doing the low-key vacation route. For instance, if you want to stay close to home, you can simply take the kids to a local hotel and let them swim in the pool and order room service for the night. If you want to stay actually at your home, consider having a camping trip in the backyard and sleep in a tent or have a family sleepover in the living room equipped with popcorn and sleeping bags.
For those who want to do something a little different, you should spend some time exploring the towns around you. Chances are there is some history in your neighborhood you don’t know about or some great sights to see that are only a few hours away. Do some research and see if there are day or weekend trips you can take nearby that won’t cost you and your family too much money to accomplish.
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