Monday, January 21, 2013

Family Vacation Planning


Financially Taking The Whole Family On Vacation

Affording to take a family vacation when your family has grown to four or more can be difficult. Just because it's difficult, doesn't make it impossible. With a few travel tricks, a good savings plan and a solid budget, you can take a dream vacation without worrying about money.

A relaxing trip to the beach or any other destination can quickly become a stressful event, if you spend the entire time worried about money. Taking the money worry out of your trip will allow the entire family to get the rest and relaxation they deserve. You just need a good plan and a few ways to save money on your trip.

Saving Money and Planning for your Family Trip

Planning your trip ahead of time will not only help you build a travel budget, but also allow you to take advantage of the best prices on travel. Once you know where you want to go and how much you can afford, you can start looking at package vacation deals to help you save money. Often, travel companies will let you package flight, rental car and hotel all in one to help you save money. This is a great way to make your trip more affordable.

If you don't plan to fly or you find it's simply too expensive, you can drive and save money with a hotel or resort package. Some destinations, such as Disney World and Myrtle Beach will package hotel stays with golf, amusement parks and other attractions. This type of vacation package can also help you save money on your family vacation.

Saving Money

Saving money is very important whenever traveling. Even saving $20 here and $10 there can add up to a special night out for the family. Two of the most expensive parts of traveling with a family are lodging and food. If you rent a house, apartment or condominium with a kitchen, you don't need to spend money eating out every night. Often, renting a house or condo if cheaper if you stay for at least a week, anyway.

Another great way to save money when traveling is choosing the attractions you want to enjoy ahead of time and scoping out ways to get discounts. For example, if you want to take the entire family to Disney World, but you cannot afford to stay on the property, you can take a tour of a timeshare and get a couple free tickets to one of the parks. This can save you over $100 and all you have to do is put up with the high-pressure salesperson for about an hour.

Planning

The planning part of your trip can actually save you money because you won't find as many unexpected expenses, while traveling. Start as soon as possible and you will find it's easier to afford your trip. Many financial experts believe you should start planning your next trip shortly after you get back from the most recent one. This gives you time to work the savings into your regular budget, scope out the best deals and research ways to save money while traveling.

Start your planning as soon as possible and pay attention to the top travel websites. This will help you find the best deals on your next trip.

This is a guest post featured on Eight Days a Week.

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