One of the biggest budget family travel tips is to travel offseason. But, if you have kids in school, and can’t let them miss any dates for vacation, traveling in the offseason can be impossible. If you are working within the constraints of school vacation, there are still things that you can do to save money on your trip. Here are 6 budget family travel tips for school vacations.
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Budget Family Travel Tips For School Vacations
Play With Dates
You may not be able to travel in the offseason, however, you can play around a little with dates. For instance, on our February vacation trip to Puerto Rico last year, we saved over $1000 in airfare (total) by leaving on the Sunday of vacation and returning on the Friday. In my experience, a Saturday to Saturday trip over a vacation week is the most expensive.
Skip the airfare all together and road trip to your destination. We did that for spring break two years ago, and drove to Washington, DC. It was a great way to save money on airfare, and we didn’t need a rental car at our destination.
Stay in Extended Stay Hotels
Extended stay hotels are a great option for families, because you’ll usually get ample space for your whole family. You’ll also have a kitchen, and can save money by preparing some of your own meals. Kids stay free at Extended Stay America, so it’s worth checking to see if there is one in your vacation destination.
Buy an Attractions Pass
If you are traveling to a popular tourist destination, check to see if you can purchase an attractions pass. They can often give you some great discounts, as long as you plan on visiting all of the attractions that it includes.
Camping can be a lot of fun for families, and can be a great way to save money on your family vacation.
If you really can’t afford to travel anywhere, staycation in your home city. You’ll save money on transportation and hotels, and there are almost certainly a variety of attractions that you’ve never experienced.
Stay in the Outskirts
Hotels can be expensive, especially if they are in a desirable tourist location. Consider staying in a hotel in the outskirts, checking reviews of the hotel first to make sure that the location is safe.
For our family vacation over Thanksgiving, we booked a package deal through an airline, which was much cheaper than booking the items separately.