Most family vacation packages offer products that cover one or two children. What if you have five or six? Can you even feasibly go on vacation as a family without spending a fortune? Of course you can. You just have to plan ahead. Here are some tips on how to take your whole family on vacation on a reasonable budget.
Use a Travel Agency
Some people shy away from these and prefer to plan everything on their own, but there are some agencies that specifically deal with large families and many others that will help you find a price that works for you. Speak to a travel agent near you, and find out what options are available. You may be surprised at how decent those prices are. You could get good deals on airfare, hotels and attractions just by asking.
Consider Renting a Vehicle
Family vans get quite a workout during the year, and if you’re not sure yours is going to make it on a cross-country road trip, think about renting a vehicle instead. Renting a van can be pricey, so check your budget and look for deals. It’s more expensive to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken van, where you’d have to pay for a rental anyway alongside the cost of repairs and lodging.
Think About Camping
Hotels often have a well-enforced limit on how many people can stay in a room at once. If you can’t afford three or four rooms, pack a tent and consider camping along the way. This can be a great way to get your kids to spend time outdoors while saving money on your trip.
Book Everything Early
Anything that requires ticketing, flights, Broadway shows, busy attractions, should be purchased in advance. Tickets sometimes get more expensive as the date gets nearer. If you wait too long, you may not be able to get enough tickets for everyone. This also lets you solidify your budget since you know exactly how much you’re spending. You won’t have to worry about discovering at the last minute that something costs twice as much as you thought.
Coordinating everyone’s work and school schedules can make vacations tricky enough, but don’t let the fear of high prices keep you from planning a great getaway. Follow these tips and you could have the best vacation of your lives!