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Money Saving Tips for Affordable Family Vacations

Maybe you think an affordable family vacation is out of your reach. These inexpensive vacation ideas are perfect for your family whether you're on a tight budget or have a little financial wiggle room.


Or maybe the thought of traveling with your kids is a bit daunting, but with a lot of planning, some smart vacation budgeting, and some inexpensive family vacation ideas you can enjoy a frugal fun vacation getaway.

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I am a big believer in the family vacation. I believe our vacations help keep us emotionally healthy and connected as a family. But stressing about the cost isn't part of the fun, so affordable family vacations are a must for us.

Making good vacation memories doesn't require spending tons of money or traveling great distances.

You just need a fun and interesting place to go, and some good planning.

Get together and brainstorm some great family vacation ideas to get you started planning a vacation that everyone will enjoy.

How to Choose Affordable Family Vacation Destinations

Be Realistic and Keep an Open Mind

If you're working with a tight budget you certainly don't want to choose a destination that will overextend you, or worse yet, you don't want to find yourself stressing about money while you're supposed to be enjoying yourself on vacation. So start with places that are close to home. The further you have to travel, the more money it's going to cost you just to get there.

Traveling with an organization, or purchasing a trip sponsored by a professional association, or local club can give you big savings in transportation, accommodations and ticket costs.


Even just looking to see where your local groups are headed can give you some great family vacation ideas.

Contact your state Board of Tourism and request a vacation planner.

It will tell you all about all of the fun destinations that are right in your own back yard (or within a few hours drive of your backyard).

Do the same for states near you.

You'll learn about some interesting places, or things to see and do that you never knew were there.

I got my own State Vacation Planner and learned about towns and attractions that I didn't know existed. Each one is a potential weekend getaway or family vacation idea.

If you're a member of AAA (American Automobile Association) you can call them and request vacation information. AAA offers many hotel discounts all over the country.

Be open to considering some unconventional destinations for your family vacation idea.

Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path. It may save you money.

Just make sure that your destination is a place that will appeal to everyone in your family.

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After All Your Frugal Vacation Planning
Don't Forget to Have FUN!

A vacation, by definition, is a respite. A time away from your daily routine and stresses. As moms we sometimes forget to enjoy ourselves too. So make sure you remember this is your vacation too.