Planning an inexpensive vacation for the whole family can be difficult, but with a little planning it’s certainly possible. Here are some easy money saving travel tips to keep in mind for your next vacation.
Plan Ahead & Buy Snacks Before You Leave
Buying snacks while traveling can really add up. Instead, be sure to stock up on snacks before you leave for vacation.
To make it even easier, individually bag the snacks so it’s easy to serve while you’re traveling. Or, if you want to cut down on using plastic bags, these Tupperware snack containers are reusable so you can use them also for the pool or beach.
Drink More Water
Inexpensive vacations shouldn’t be about completely cutting out everything you enjoy, but something as simple as drinking more water and less soda could save you more money than you realize. It’s healthier, too! These Aquasana glass water bottles are a nice alternative to the plastic water bottles.
Research Kid-Friendly Restaurants
You can end up saving a lot of money by doing a little advance research on kid-friendly restaurants. Many restaurants will have deals where kids can eat free, or at least at a very reduced price.
Take Advantage Of Local Coupons
Many areas have local free papers which may advertise deals on local restaurants and activities. Hotels will usually have a number of leaflets that are not only useful for thinking of places to go, but can also be a great source of coupons.
You can also check couponing websites like RetailMeNot.com for deals on restaurants or activities in your area.
Set A Budget With Your Kids
Plan in advance how much money you’re going to let them spend, and let them know before they even set foot in any stores. This is a good learning opportunity for them on how to budget their cash. Plus, they might even save you money in the process!
Choose Your Destination Wisely
The destination you choose and the places you stay will have a huge impact on your budget. If it’s your kind of thing, consider camping, or even a staycation (taking a vacation around the local area).
If you are flexible on when you can leave, there are sites like Priceline.com that have last-minute hotel deals.
Volunteer Vacation for the Whole Family
We’ve all heard of adults who can afford to travel for months or years thanks to the fact that they volunteer in exchange for food and shelter.
The good news is that these kinds of vacations aren’t just limited to adults. Some programs are suitable for kids too! Volunteer family vacations can teach your children new lessons that they will carry with them their whole lives.
As you can see, there are so many ways to save money on your next vacation. When we’re mindful of our spending and have a plan in place, saving money and having fun on vacation is definitely possible!