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With today’s economy still being shaky you may not have the means to fund an elaborate vacation. Since you have diligently worked hard all year long you’re probably itching to take some time and enjoy a much needed break. Instead of taking a “staycation” consider some of these budget friendly alternatives.
Plan Ahead and Score Major DiscountsWith some planning you can score everything from plane tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars on the cheap. Consider visiting your desired destination in the off season when prices are much lower. Check travel sites such as Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz for heavy discounts.
If you have been using a Credit Card that offers reward points that include hotels or airfare, now would be a great time to take advantage of them. You may be able to snag a highly rated hotel plus airfare for free.
House SwapIf you have friends or family members who live in another part of the country consider swapping houses with them for a week or so. This will allow you to experience a new area and take a break from your normal day to day life.
The person you are swapping with can refer you to all the best places to visit and eat. You can in turn do the same for them. You can use the money you saved in housing costs to spend on fun filled days with the family.
Take a Mini VacationTake a camper, book a cabin, or a pitch a tent in a nearby camp site. Bring your own food to grill out. Take nature walks, make camp fires, go swimming or boating and share stories with the family. This is a great way to connect with the outdoors, escape the chaos of everyday life, and spend quality time with loved ones.
Another option is to book a hotel near an amusement park and make a few days of it. If you have older kids this will be a blast for them and can spark the inner child in you. Enjoy the amusement park rides, food, and various shows that are offered.
If you are willing to do some planning and think outside the box you can have a fun filled vacation that won’t break the bank. Explore your options and you will find the perfect vacation to suit your family’s needs and budget.
Alexa Mason is a mother, insurance agent, and blogger. She chronicles her journey as a single mother trying to make it big at Single Moms Income. Her goal is to show single moms that with a plan and determination they can succeed financially succeed on their own.