It’s the first day of summer and that means spending more time outdoors and for families with kids on summer break it can be prime time for vacations.
Taking the family on vacation can be a fantastic way to bond and if you plan it right, it can also be affordable.
We’re going on a trip early this summer to the mountains to check out the parks and get a local view of Asheville.
We love to get a away as a family and we were excited to snag a deal. If you’re in the same boat, I want to share a few tips that have helped us.
Fly or Drive? Finding Great and Affordable Destinations
One question we decide off the bat is whether we want to drive or fly to our vacation spot. For us, if the destination is longer than 10 hours we’ll fly, if it’s 4 hours or less we’ll definitely drive.
For those places that are in between we go start hunting for fares and setting up email alerts for deals.
I also suggest checking out your credit card reward balance as you may be able to shave off some of your vacation costs.
If you’re on a budget, but still want to get out of town, consider staying within a four hour radius of your area. One helpful resource is your state’s travel/tourism site.
That said, you should also consider if you want to hang around the tourist areas or if you prefer a more off the beaten path trip.
Since most people seem to be heading to the beach right now, we decided to go in the opposite direction to get some cool mountain air.
Why Rent a Room When You Can Get a Home?
While hotels are obviously a popular choice for vacations, you may want to expand your horizons for your next family vacations.
Sites like Airbnb can help you find some wonderful homes and spaces available for your next trip. When we went on an anniversary trip to Wilmington, NC, we found a great condo available within walking distance of some wonderful sights and restaurants.
The best part was the price was cheaper than some of the hotels in the area.
When looking at spots, try to find places with a full kitchen so you can grab some groceries and save money for a few of the meals and spend money on what you really want to see and do.
Eating on the Cheap While Eating Well
Speaking of food, if you have some ideas on where you’d like to eat out, take a few minutes to see if the restaurant has deals, like early bird specials or if they offer discounts through sites like Restaurants.com.
You get to go to places you want to go and you trim some of your expenses.
I’d also ask friends and family if they have any spots they’d recommend, sometimes you can find a gem that way.
Your Summer Vacation
I hope these tips help you with your next vacation. I’d like to hear from you. What are your summer plans? Where would you like to go with the family? What has been the best trip you’ve taken together?