Cheap Family Vacation

Tips for planning an affordable family vacation

Although many people view them as a luxury, vacations are essential to our mental health, and often to our health as a family. Spending time together is important to maintaining our relationships, and vacations are often a time for families to enjoy being families rather than worry about the ins and outs of daily life.

If it's about time your family had a vacation but you're worried that you can't afford it, here are some tips for planning an inexpensive family vacation.

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Look for Discount Family Vacation Packages

One surefire way to pay a lot for a family vacation is to book everything separately. As an individual consumer, you're likely going to pay full price. Travel agents and vacation companies, on the other hand, buy in bulk, saving anywhere from 20 to 60 percent off the regular price. They then create vacation packages that include airfare, hotel, meals, and sometimes even tours or attractions, all for far less than these things would cost separately. Even with the fees they charge for booking through them, you're still likely to be saving a significant sum.

Be Flexible

If you can be flexible about either when you travel or where you go, you can generally get a cheap family vacation by booking last minute. Airlines and hotels often drastically reduce their prices on unsold seats and rooms, so if you can book close to the date you travel, you can take advantage of these discounts. Traveling in the off-season is also a way to make it a cheap family trip, so if you know when your vacation is, simply look for places that aren't as popular that time of year.

Stay Local

There is a happy medium between going away and staying home, and that's staying somewhere close to home. Spending a few nights at a local hotel or heading out to a local campground can make for an affordable family vacation and be just the break you need. Getting away from the same four walls and the routines of home life can make you feel like you're a million miles away, even if in reality you're only down the street.