How to Travel With Kids on a Budget

If you’re like many people, the words “kids” and “fun vacation” don’t always go together. As a parent, it can be a challenge to take a fun trip with small children. It requires extra preparation, more travel expenses, and at times, emotional breakdowns in airport terminals. However, traveling with your kids can still be a fun, memorable, way to build lasting bonds with your children. The following suggestions will help you plan a great trip with your kids that won’t break the bank.

1. Rent a House

Hotel rooms can be very expensive, especially when you need multiple beds. If you rent a house or apartment you can often save money, especially if you’re traveling with multiple people. Home sharing sites like Airbnb, VRBO, or FlipKey are a few great places to start to look for deals on accommodations. Plus, you can meet local people who live in the area and know the neighborhoods and destinations that you’re visiting.

2. Pack Lunches for the Day

Eating out can be a huge traveling expense, especially if you have multiple hungry mouths to feed. If you eat out every day with several people you are likely going to be spending a lot. One way to cut down costs is to go to a local grocery store and buy groceries to make sack lunches. This will be much less than paying for restaurant meals, plus you can eat on the go and save time for fun sightseeing activities.

3. Travel During Off Season

Traveling during the summer or the holiday season is more convenient for most people but it means that you will be paying much more for airfare and accommodations. You can often find great deals on flights and vacation packages, but you may have to travel in the fall or winter months. While this may be harder to get time off from work or school, it will help you save a fortune on travel expenses.

4. Find Public Events

Look for local events or holidays that are happening while you are on your trip. This can give you some fun, free activities that will help keep your budget intact. Some cities also have free museums or parks that can be a great activity for young children and don’t costs anything.

Consider a Cruise

One great vacation option is to take a cruise with the family. Cruises are an excellent vacation option because all your costs are included in the ticket including accommodations, food, and activities. You won’t have to worry about renting a car, parking, or many of the other expenses that come with travel. Plus, some companies like inCruises can help people save money on their cruise vacations.

Remember that traveling with your children can be an amazing experience. It might take a little creativity, but you can always make it happen. If you have any other ideas for traveling with children leave them in the comments below!

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