Saturday, May 9, 2009

Frugal Vacations

Want to get away from your house for awhile and enjoy seeing areas of our beautiful country?? Think you can't do it without breaking the bank?? Well I have news for you! YOU CAN!! Here are some great ideas to get away as a family or just a couple that won't break your budget or your sanity!!

1. Camping: A great low cost option for families that enjoy the great outdoors. Sleeping in a tent is not a must, as there are many state and national parks that rent cabins for a very reasonable fee. As an great bonus, when you are registered at a state park, you gain free entrance into all state parks. Check out the website for a cost effective way to view some of our nations most beautiful parks. Cost is $80 a year and that covers your non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas. (children under 16 are admitted free) You can't beat it! State and National Parks are a great way to enjoy our beautiful country.

2. Beach It: If you want to beach it, be sure to check out all your options for lodging. Often a large family can save money by renting a condo or home for the week rather than staying at a hotel. Remember, you can also save a huge amount of money if you can prepare your own meals while on vacation. A large portion of a family's budget can be spent on food. So even a little kitchenette in a suite can save you dollars. Just think of the money you will save by just doing the little things.

3. Visit Friends and Family: Plan to visit friends or family that may live far away, or even those that live nearby. In today's fast-paced society it is not unusual for family and friends to lose touch. Not only will save money you will get to some quality time with friends or family you have not seen in awhile. This is a great way for everyone to have fun and enjoy time together.

Whatever you decide to do for family vacation make sure you know all your options. Check all prices, don't make assumptions. Check out all alternatives. Make sure you know your deadlines and cancellation fees.

If all of this is not your cup of tea and you want that exotic vacation - remember there are great vacation packages out there to be had. ALSO - Travel agencies are privy to a lot of travel information, especially seasonal discounts. Make those calls and find out more.
Lastly and most importantly - The most important thing about family vacations or couple vacations is quality time together. Make those memories something you will always cherish. So get started on planning a fun, safe and frugal vacation!!

~Written By: Laura

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