For families trying to get out of a rut when it comes to family holiday planning, here are seven ideas you may not have heard of before: State & National Parks-although many of us recall the dull film reels about our state & national parks in college, things certainly have gone a long way. Many of these parks allow tourists of all ages to explore and provide overnight camping and accommodation options as well.
That is to say, you're going to have too many options if you're lucky. Most families tend to struggle with holiday plans that can make planning a real task. Eventually, when you place the boring options on the table, your holiday planning goes from anticipation to surrender, and that's not the way to get things going.
I love traveling as much with my friends as I love eating! But sometimes funding (and lack of it) puts a damper to some degree on travel plans. Every year during the summer months, we take off somewhere and spend three or four weeks at a time. Yet we've got a shoestring budget (no spending money at all except for essentials like food, fuel, and lodging) We've been traveling as a family for many years. As some people do, they rarely travel alone. There are always two or three carloads of children, grandchildren, friends and family who come along for a little fun! But no matter where we end up, we have a good time. Let me tell you about our little secret for a budget traveling time.
Find the cheapest fuel available while you're driving too and fro. Sometimes you can find fuel as much as 12 to 15 cents cheaper, give or take away from the Interstate. It's worth shopping around.
Months before the journey, set aside for spending allowance at least two rolls of quarters per person. Ask that person how much money they have and stick to it for the duration of the trip. When the kids spend all their money and beg for more, it's hard to give in. Sometimes you have to compromise a few small things when you're a businessman to remain within your means.
Spending quarters as quickly as cents. They may look a little more cumbersome, but this is a great way to keep your hands off the credit cards and out of your pocket whenever you go.
Road-Trip-You just wants them to be exposed to as much as life has to offer when it comes to your children. That's why you travel week after week between karate, swimming lessons, and ballet. But one of the aspects that we as a culture do not get too much in the family car and hit the road for a little bit. License plate games, cooler snacks, and attractions along the road are all part of the fun.
I took the towels and swimwear when we first began holidays with the grandkids, but they would go swimming many times a day and not suits the wet swimsuit because they were wet and cold again. Every day I would have at least four washers full of wet clothing. Now it's not happening. It may be a little uncomfortable for them and a little hot, but in a matter of minutes, they can swim and be soaked.
Stay out of the coffee shops. Starbucks is expensive. When you bring along your own coffee pot and can of coffee, why pay $4 or 5 for one cup of coffee? Take the sugar as well as the creamer. How about tea? Take to you your own. You can drink as little or as much as you want, and on a single cup you don't spend a fortune.