Traveling as a family is a great way to spend quality time together. From day trips to long-term travel, adventure, ecotourism, and educational travel are increasingly popular family activities. As a result, destinations are responding to demand with great deals and more flexibility to accommodate families on a budget.
There are many ways to save on travel and still have a wonderful vacation. Bringing food from home for staple meals, dining out only to enjoy special regional cuisine, and taking day trips until enough money is saved for a long-term trip, are just a couple of ways to save money. Packing equipment like mountain bikes and Frisbees saves on activities at a destination. Combining a business trip with vacation can cut trip expenses in half. There are so many ways to get out of town without it costing a fortune.
Long-term planning is all about patience. With patience and a little fiscal discipline, you can go just about anywhere. Some families plan months, even years in advance for major destinations. They save diligently and only take their vacation when they have the funds. Patience puts travel within reach that's otherwise unaffordable if you're willing to wait until you save enough to make it happen.
For families who love last-minute travel, travel bargains abound. But these hot deals can change in seconds, so diligence is a must. Signing up for every travel newsletter and watching for specials every day are the keys to getting the best deals.
Until you can set aside enough funds to take an adventure of a lifetime, travel close to home. Family budget travel is all about being able to have a nice vacation with those you love, without spending so much money that it stresses family finances. Travel only when it will alleviate stress, not cause it. There are enough weekend getaways and day trips that won't break the bank to satiate the wanderlust of even the most travel-loving families.
This book will help you find ways to travel to the places you love and discover new destinations your family can experience together within your budget. How to understand the economy of travel and what you need to do to prepare for your trip are also important things to know if you're going to travel within budget. This is a broad topic, but many of the tips in this book will apply to any destination you choose. Use this book as your guide to make the right choices and select destinations that will have everyone smiling on your next vacation.