When was your last family vacation? Do you dream of taking your children to Walt Disney World or a beach vacation? Do you wonder how you can afford to take a vacation?
Here are some tips to make your family vacation a reality.
- Plan ahead.
As you establish goals for the upcoming year, make sure you keep in mind your travel goals. Generally, you should begin planning at least six months in advance. Planning ahead will often times allow you to take advantage of low deposits and payment plans.
- Cut Expenses.
After you establish your travel goals and plans, develop a plan to cut unnecessary expenses. A few easy expenses to minimize or eliminate are eating out for lunch, excessive shopping, and weekend entertainment. Another way to cut expenses and save money is to begin couponing. Couponing will allow you to cut your grocery bill in half. You can put your savings into a travel fund.
- Travel in Groups.
Most travel providers offer group discounts or group rates. For example, Carnival Cruise Line provides a group rate when you book eight or more cabins. Also, they offer complimentary fares for a guest once you meet a certain threshold.
Traveling in groups also allows you to split expenses. When you find others that are interested in traveling along with your family, search for accommodations that will cater to the total number of people and share the expense.
Finding a group to travel with can be easy. You can invite other family members to join in on the fun or family friends. Not only will this save you money but you will enjoy being around family and/or friends.
- Research hotel amenities.
When researching hotels, be sure to check the hotel amenities and features. Hotel amenities can minimize travel expenses. For example, choosing hotels with complimentary parking, internet, and breakfast could save you about $100 a day. Also, you may want to consider whether or not the room has a mini-refrigerator and microwave for food storage and reheating. Additionally, check to see if the hotel provides transportation to parks or nearby attractions to avoid parking fees onsite. Hotels may also provide transportation to and from the airport.
On long vacations, consider renting a house, apartment, or condo. These accommodations provide more space and are equipped with full kitchens so that you can prepare your own food and save money.