(Written by Lindsay Traiman) With winter around the corner, many families are planning either their final road trips before the weather becomes frightful or their getaway trips to warmer weather. Whether you are traveling just a couple of hours away or to a destination that will require a long drive and a few overnight hotel stays, traveling with children can be difficult. Use the following tips to make traveling budget-friendly and fun for the entire family.
- Go for a Drive
Flying may seem like the fastest, smartest way to travel, but driving may actually be more fun and is definitely a great way to save money. Choose educational landmarks to stop at during your road trip, and you’ve found a way to combine a few trips into one. Be sure to have roadside assistance before embarking on any trips to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies.
- Locating the Location
Sure, there are the usual suspects that most people flock to for family vacations. However, there are tons of places that may be less well-known and can provide just as much family entertainment on an even smaller budget. Pick a location that offers something enjoyable for every member of the family. Remember – you do not have to travel far to go on a vacation.
- Create an Itinerary
It is extremely important to plan out your trip weeks in advance. The earlier you start to plan, the better off you will be. Extensively research the area that you are traveling to so that you can see which activities are a must during your trip. Schedule appointments and make reservations for activities that you definitely want to participate in. While planning out your itinerary is important, be sure to leave time to explore the area at your leisure and for unexpected activities or resting time. Be sure to include your children in the planning as well.
- Pack Snacks & Food
A huge portion of any trip’s budget will be used on food. While it is virtually impossible to not eat out while away from home, you can save money by packing your own snacks. Packing snacks not only alleviates the cost of your trip, it also ensures that you know exactly what you are feeding your family. See if there are hotel rooms or lodges available to book on your trip to save even more money by cooking your own meals.
- Don’t Forget To Have Fun
The most important tip of all is to enjoy yourself! Remember that things will not always go as planned. The best way to have a fun family vacation is to remember that your vacation is the chance for you to cherish time spent with your family.
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