Taking vacations has always been something that has been important in our family. We try to get away a few times a year, even if it’s only for a weekend. When planning these vacations, very little planning actually used to go into them. We made snap decisions with our finances that just would up making life more stressful when we returned from vacation. Now we have finally gotten financial smart. Naturally, I want to share with you how to plan and save for a cheap family vacation that you will all enjoy and get every possible discount!
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Planning for a vacation is absolutely crucial. Personally, I start planning ours sometimes a year in advance. When it comes to planning for vacation there are some important costs to look at and compare.
In fact, I even created an easy to follow Vacation Planner Printout to help keep you organized and smart when it comes to getting your vacation plans in motion.
This way you can compare prices to make sure you are planning the best and most affordable trip possible!
When planning your budget and looking at the different airfare and airline options, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
Before you finalize your vacation plans, it’s good to check all your possible savings options! I can’t believe how many were available to me and I never even knew it! Planning a cheap vacation is so much easier than people think it is and a lot of it is in the small savings that are available to you!
Yeah, it’s not always ideal to travel when no one else wants to BUT you can really save yourself a ton of cash! Plus, you’ll have a little more walking room when it comes to doing “touristy” type things.
Traveling off-season can help you save huge on major destinations. If you don’t mind traveling to places like Australia in winter, you may just get the trip of a lifetime while saving huge amounts of cash!
In general, fall is a great time to plan a trip. Most people are getting ready for back to school and have other things they are pre-occupied with.
They have taken their summer trips and ready to get back to life. Meanwhile, you could jump on this chance to take your family on a crowd-free, inexpensive vacay.
Big giant vacations are amazing and exciting, that’s for sure. I know a trip through Europe is still on my bucket list. But for now, life, in general, is expensive. And most weeks we have a pretty full schedule. That’s why considering a mini-vacation might be the best way to go.
Charting the lesser known, the lesser sought after places can really make for some great memories and experiences!
Yes, I always dreamed of that Disneyland vacation when I was a kid and I would love to gift that to my children. But not right now. Tom and I have been putting off Disneyland until we knew it would be appreciated by all.
Had we taken them at ages 3, 4 and 12 we might have had one kiddo who appreciated the insane amounts of effort, planning, and funding that went into the trip. Then again she was a borderline teenager so, probably not.
When kids are young, don’t stress if you can’t afford to take those big trips. Enjoy the small things that you can.
My kids still talk about Valentine’s Day that we set up a tent in our basement. We roasted marshmallows over candlelight and ate hot dogs.
It cost us close to nothing and yet, it was a memory our kids cherish years later.
Like I said, big adventures like Disneyland are ideas that will stay in our back pocket. For right now, we are enjoying finding small substitutes. Like the Disney Store at the Mall of America for example. My kids could spend hours in there and I don’t even buy them anything!
Beauty is found everywhere. Sometimes you just have to look in places you wouldn’t think to look!
I can’t stress the importance of saving for your vacations enough!
Take advantage of my FREE Vacation Planner Printout to start setting a plan for your next getaway!