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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

5 Tips to A Cheap Family Vacation

Okay, so you've got to get out of the house. Your job is getting to stressful, and your kids are antsy because they've got nothing to do

You decide: A vacation would be great.

And you're right! But what about all the planning and expense that goes into it?

Don't worry.

The following five tips will help you find out just how inexpensive a family vacation really can be, and you can get out and relax without worrying about breaking your bank account.

1. Look for something close to your home.

With the increasing cost of gas, people tend to spend a lot on traveling to their holiday spot. This can become a big expense when wanting to get out of town for a while; and when it comes to money, very few can relax on a big expensive vacation when they know they're burning fuel.

If you find an attractive location within 300 miles from your home, you can cut down on your traveling expenses and have an exciting, but cheap family vacation; even if it is for just a weekend.

If you live in a small rural town, and there's nothing close by that you can think of, do a quick search for parks, recreational lodges, and scenic routes on the internet close to your home. You'd be surprised at what you can find.

2. Take your own entertainment along.

If you pick a vacation rental or suite that allows for enough space to do so, you will have plenty of room to store your board games, roller skates, golf clubs, fishing gears so you won't have to spend money on renting new ones.

Also, taking along movies, and cards will allow your time to be able to spend evenings indoors rather than going out and spending money on recreation that would otherwise take you apart from one another.

3. Seek out free fun.

If you want a really cheap family vacation, try to find a destination with built-in activities, such as the mountains or the beach. This way you can have plenty of fun hiking or swimming, or simply admiring the splendid view.

4. Don't Eat Out.

If you want a cheap family vacation, eating in is a great idea. Research has shown that the average person on vacation spends more on food and drinks than on lodging. This can get really pricey after a while, especially if you haven't had time to save up for it.

If you choose a vacation rental, you can save a lot by cooking some meals yourself instead of dining out all the time.

5. Book into non-peak time.

It's easier to find cheap family vacation packages if you book your room during non-peak time. Non-peak time is usually before Memorial Day or at the end of the summer, before school starts.

These five tips are not the end of the many great ideas that you can use to have a great vacation on the cheap, but they are a great way to keep a mind on the price; especially if you just NEED to get out.

Leave a comment below on what you think! Let me know what you'd like to learn, and share your great cheap family vacation ideas!