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How To Plan A Vacation On A Budget

Updated on October 6, 2010

How To Plan A Vacation On A Budget

It's been years since you and your family went on a beautiful relaxing vacation and it's about due time for another vacation. However, money is a bit scarce and you don't know if you'll be able to afford to treat your family to a nice vacation. Your children want to visit the amusement parks and your wife wants to go on a scenic tour and get some souvenirs for her parents while away.

If you and your family save wisely throughout the year, you just may be able to afford to go someplace nice. Cut out going to restaurants and movies every weekend or go to cheaper places, get movies rentals and snacks and enjoy your movies at home. Put access money aside for summer vacation and make sure you explain what you are doing to children who are complaining to you because they want to go to the most expensive restaurant in town instead of the Pizza Shack.

This economy makes it harder for everyday hard working people to enjoy the finer things in life, so you have to sacrifice and conform around your financial problems. A vacation is vital for you and your family to connect after a year of work and school without play.

Quality time spent with families are very memorable when the family takes a vacation together somewhere that everyone will enjoy. Another way to get some extra cash for your vacation is to host a tag or garage sale; getting rid of everything that is taking up space and you don't use anymore from your cellar or garage. Money made from this sale should be put away for the vacation.

Children will want to buy things like souvenirs and post cards so, if they are taught to save some of their allowance they will have enough money to purchase whatever they want. If your old luggage is worn out and not usable anymore, instead of spending a fortune on new luggage, borrowing luggage from friends or relatives will be best.

If you are taking a flight, be sure to go online and purchase your airline tickets or hotel reservations through sites like Expedia or Travelocity and If there's any chance you're going to take the family car, try and estimate the cost of gas it will take you to reach your destination.

If the cost of gas is too high along with hotel stay and other luxuries you and your family will be experiencing on this vacation, Maybe it will be better to pick a vacation to enjoy closer to home, I'm sure your great state has many things you and your family haven't experienced, yet; just check online or look in your local newspaper for fun activities you and your family can do on a budget.

Visiting relatives is another money saving idea you can do for a vacation. Just make sure you ask permission before showing up and imposing on relatives without giving them a heads up, so that they can make provisions for you and your family. Sometimes relatives can tell you where there is a motel in the area you and your family can stay.

Whatever plans you make, just remember that the most important part is spending time with your family, too many people don't take advantage of the most valuable times life has to offer, just being with loved ones.


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