Cheap Family Vacations
The number one secret to cheap family vacations is to be opportunistic.
If your neighbor or friend offers you the use of their cabin
on the lake, there is your family vacation. If you can have just
as much fun at the amusement park that is two hours away as at
Disneyland, that is where you need to be. If the kids like the
idea of cooking dinner over a campfire, pass right on by that
restaurant. Watch for deals, and be sure you know what everyone
really enjoys. There is no point in spending more on a trip
for less enjoyment.
Examples of Cheap Family Vacations
A Family Resort in Cancun Mexico
A couple metal detectors will cost you less than a few nights
with the family in a hotel. Camp near a ghost town or beach,
and spend your days hiking, exploring, and hunting buried treasure.
We never fail to find some interesting things when we take our
metal detector to the beach. The kids will like the adventure,
and when they get bored with digging up quarters and pop tops,
there is always swimming nearby.
This fits in with the last one, is cheap, and the whole family
may enjoy it. Did you know you can find all sorts of things washed
up on the beaches of the Great Lakes and the Oceans? As kids,
in Michigan, we used to find buoys, parts of houses, and light
bulbs. The light bulbs worked, a mystery solved years later when
a sailor told me that they throw them overboard for target practice,
and we were finding the ones that escaped the bullets. We also
found chunks of coal that we threw on the campfire to burn. Then
there were the balloons with messages attached, the sea shells,
the odd-shaped driftwood, pieces of Styrofoam big enough to use
as rafts, and - you get the point.
In Michigan, and I'm sure in many other places, you can find
reasonable motels on the beach. Even cheaper, and usually more
scenic, are the numerous campgrounds on the beaches of Lakes
Michigan, Superior, and Huron. You'll find these in Michigan,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and in Ontario, Canada. For more information
on Michigan Vacations, go to the page "Michigan
Cheap Camping Vacations
If you have a recreational vehicle, or if your family is willing
to live in tents for a few days, camping is the cheapest of cheap
family vacations. There are even free sites to camp at. When
we stayed at Williams Landing in Florida for eight days, we stalked
alligators, watched armadillos walk through camp, saw at least
ten other forms of wildlife, and sat around the fire trading
stories with new friends from England and Texas every night.
The cost, including the hot showers: zero. For more information
on this opportunity, go to the page "Cheap
Other Cheap Family Vacations
Montana Testicle Festivals
is a page devoted to festivals around the United States. Festival
vacations are a great way to keep the whole family happy. There
are usually carnival rides, music, events, contests, and more.
And yes, Montana's testicle festivals are billed as family events,
but good luck trying to get the kids to eat the "Rocky Mountain
Arrowhead Hunting In Arizona
tells how an old Mayan Indian showed us where to look for
arrowheads, semi-precious stones, and ancient pottery. The desert
is a great place to escape to in the winter, and treasure hunting
is cheap vacation as well.
Montana Mountains is about
driving, sightseeing and camping in Montana. If you love mountains,
you can't beat this state for a great vacation. Kids (and adults)
are always impressed by Yellowstone National Park, which is partly
Park Vacations is a page about another park that will impress
both the kids and adults, and won't break the budget.
Keeping Family Vacations Cheap
I'll repeat what I said at the beginning: Be opportunistic.
That's how you have cheap family vacations. When you are getting
hungry and you pass a grocery store, stop and get some delicious
healthy snacks and sandwich makings that everyone will like.
It is sure to be cheaper than stopping at he next restaurant.
Bring a cooler on your vacations (if you are traveling by car).
You can regularly find pop on sale for 25 cents per can, which
is better than the machine price of $1.25 that the kids will
insist you pay when they are "dying" of thirst.
Visit the other pages that are related to saving money traveling.
"Cheap Travel Tips"
will give you some new ideas, and "Really
Cheap Plane Tickets" will show you how to save when
you and your family fly. Other money-saving tips for vacations
are scattered throughout the site.
10 Cheap Vacations