When it comes time to plan a summer vacation many people automatically think of the obvious destinations; Walt Disney World, the beach, or an amusement park. But, there are plenty of other ideas that not only ensure you and your family will have a great time but are more affordable than you might think.
Rent an RV
Camping is one of the most inexpensive ways to take a summer vacation but if you do not want to spend the time and effort pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground look into renting an RV. Not only are you able to drive to whichever destination you choose you can rest easy at night and have some comforts while still camping. Check your local RV dealer for rentals.
Tourist Trap Hunt
You know those never-ending road trips where you pass the “world’s largest paperclip” or “longest thread of human hair?” Why not get your kids involved and plan a trip within a certain area that you visit only the tourist traps. You are sure to have lots of laughs and some crazy family photos to remember the experience.
This is another family challenge. Once you select your destination, have family members research what you can do there that does not cost anything. Maybe each person has a budget and has to plan one day of the trip. For younger kids you’ll need to help but older children can learn some valuable life lessons while planning a fun experience.
If your family is outdoorsy and adventurous consider a backpacking summer vacation. There are thousands of hiking trails around the country that provide camp sites. Whether you are a day hiker or want to spend a week on the trail the diversity and abundance of trails in the United States will certainly have something to fit your needs.
Didn’t have the time to plan ahead and map out a vacation early in the year? Some of the best deals and bargains are found last-minute. If you’re willing to take the risk and have the ability to take a vacation with only a few days’ notice than embrace the spontaneity! Watch travel websites for last-minute fares and package deals to destinations. Make it even more interesting if you are willing to go anywhere and try anything!
One of the biggest costs associated with travel is lodging. Why not list your home for a week and try house swapping? There are risks that come with this but it also can be an amazing experience. The house you swap for will likely be in a residential area of town and you’ll have a completely different outlook than if you were in the tourist center.
Small Town Getaway
Big cities tend to get a lot of traction during vacation season, so why not direct your focus elsewhere. With no shortage of small towns, research some in the destination you wish to go. Check with their local tourist boards for deals. Small towns are always working hard to attract tourists who overlook them so often you are able to find some amazing deals!