Spring break is an excellent time for a family to take a fun and exciting vacation. However, it seems like any vacation you could plan for that week will be more than most budgets can handle. If you want your family to be able to enjoy a spring break vacation, then here are some helpful tips for saving money while still enjoying your vacation. After all, your children are growing up fast; you do not want to miss a chance to spend quality family time with them while they are still young.
Of course, with any vacation, one of the priciest parts is finding a hotel. The worst part is, most accommodations will charge even more during busy times like spring break. When it comes to finding accommodation for your family, it is important to look for ways to save money. The earlier you can book your hotel, the better for saving money. Additionally, if you spend time looking for discounts, you can usually find a much better price. Visit the discount websites that offer hotels as well as car rentals and flight packages. If you have to fly, then you can even package the plane and accommodation for better prices.
If you do not feel that you can find a hotel that fits within your budget, you could consider something a little different for family spring break. You and your family can enjoy the great outdoors by going camping. There are plenty of camping locations around many different attractions, so your family can enjoy a combination of “roughing it” while still being close to fun activities. Camping will save an immense amount of money since you will not have to pay for a hotel and you can even save money on food.
The second most expensive part of your family spring break vacation will be the food. After all, you and your family will have to eat, and restaurants are not cheap. The best way to save money here is to do research in advance on the Internet. Many restaurants include coupons right on their website, and many larger cities have discount websites where you can access coupons and discounts to many different restaurants.
If you take your family camping, you can pack food and enjoy cooking around the campfire, which will save you a great deal of money.
One of the more expensive things that can come up by surprise on a family spring break vacation is having to buy incidentals like sunscreen, disposable cameras, batteries, hats and others. When you forget these things and have to buy them on vacation, you will end up spending more money if you buy from touristy locations. If you start planning your packing at least a week in advance, you can make sure you do not forget these incidental things.