Spring break is just around the corner, and even if you feel like a vacation may be out of your financial comfort zone, there are plenty of options for families looking to travel on a budget.
Believe it or not, cruises are a great choice for the family looking to go somewhere exotic but not break the bank. There are 7-day cruises for as low as $500 a week per person. Cruises also offer a variety of activities for children, so you’re sure to be happily busy and get the most out of your experience.
For all the procrastinators out there – waiting until the last minute can actually save you money. While this isn't necessarily the safest route, if you decide on a whim that you’d like to go somewhere, this is a perfect option. Travel providers sometimes slash prices at the last minute to fill hotels and airline seats. Scan sites like Expedia or Orbitz to see if they are featuring any late-breaking deals.
National parks boast natural beauty, a variety of activities, and best of all, affordable accommodations such as campgrounds or historical lodges. If you’re a big fan of the outdoors, you can even reserve heated tents at some parks.
If warm weather and rays of sun are what you’re looking for, your next stop should be south of the border. Places like Riviera Maya have great deals for families and offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences like snorkeling and exploring the Mayan ruins. All-inclusive resorts can easily accommodate a budget, and the best part is that you won’t have to worry about overspending when you get there.
Have a family that you’d love to travel with? By buddying up and traveling together, you’re sure to save money. Renting a big house with one or more family is one of the most economical ways to vacation, and can sometimes cost less than $100 per day per family. Plus, with your own kitchen, you can make your own meals and save money that you’d spend going out to eat.
There are tons of sites out there that can help you plan and book your trip for less. Did you know you can even rent out apartments or bedrooms? Sites like Airbnb show you these options and provide real reviews that ensure you get a safe and clean place.
Looking to visit a city rich in history? If so, Washington, DC is the way to go. Many of the city’s museums and attractions have free admission, and you can stay in places like Maryland or Virginia for a cheaper price and take transportation into the city.