Family Vacation Destinations That are Budget Friendly

When it comes to planning a family vacation, one of the major stumbling blocks is the price. Where can you go that is budget-friendly but also offers enough for everyone to have fun?

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There doesn’t seem to be that many at first thought, but rest assured as this list has covered. You will create memories that will last a lifetime without having to burn a huge hole in your wallet.

Here are 5 family vacation destinations that are budget-friendly.

First up it’s the Golden State. San Diego has so many things to do for the entire family that will keep everyone entertained on a budget.

Head to Balboa Park to find all kinds of interesting spots. There’s a wide range of museums and gardens to explore, playgrounds to let the kids blow off some steam, the Old Globe Theatre and more. 

You also can’t visit San Diego and not go to the zoo. It’s regarded as one of the best in the world and is full of interesting and beautiful animals. In fact, there are over 800 different species to discover here, so everyone in the family will have a chance to find their favorite. There’s kangaroos, Komodo dragons, lions, tigers, the works. There’s also a Children’s Zoo where the kids can really interact with farm animals at the petting zoo.

And of course, being in California, there’s the beach. San Diego is well-known for its gorgeous beaches. Stretching for 70 miles, there are all sorts of activities the family can do here on a budget. Build sand-castles, sunbathe, take a swim in the ocean or even try out some surfing. 

The bright lights of Las Vegas are appealing to all ages. While most people associate Vegas with gambling and not suited for kids, there are actually plenty of things to do – and on a budget!

First up is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Each season brings something new to the table. If you visit during the Chinese New Year, you’ll even experience a special presentation. It doesn’t cost a penny to do either. You will find the Gardens just across the lobby. 

Just outside that same casino are the world-famous Bellagio Fountains. You may have seen them on the telly but it’s another thing entirely watching them in action in person. Again, it’s totally free and will have everyone mesmerized.

While you’re in Vegas, make sure you head to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and take a self-guided tour. There you can enjoy the free samples and watch them make the chocolate.

Las Vegas is also all about the hotels. According to CoolThingsChicago, even some of the best are available on a budget. As noted by VegasForAll, head to a show and experience all of what Vegas has to offer. 

Atlantic City is not just a party town. There’s plenty to do here for the entire family and it makes for a perfect budget-friendly family vacation destination. 

According to Kate Huber, at NJGamblingFun,

Top Western Ski Resorts Review for Family Ski Vacation

For the best family ski trip, consider going out west to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. Here are our Top 10 Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts selected for our ski criteria: lots of ski terrain diversity, snow abundance, ski in ski out lodging, family activities, and après ski things to do, exceptional ski and snowboard schools, plus a healthy dose of scenery and friendly locals. Of course, we have yet to ski all of the Rockies, still need to ski Washington, and New Mexico… so stay tuned for more family ski reviews. But here are our favorite family ski resorts including Best Western Ski Resorts for Early Season Snow and Best Spring Skiing in the West!

Snowmass at Aspen Colorado
Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen ski mountains. Skiing the Big Burn at Snowmass will make everyone in the family feel like the big cheese – or a ski movie star. With ski in ski out lodging at Snowmass Village in the posh Viceroy Hotel, and the state of the art Tree House child care center – Snowmass is ideal for families. Glade expansion on Snowmass’ Burnt Mountain makes Snowmass the second largest ski resort in Colorado at 3,362-acres. Aspen’s Buttermilk is teen heaven in January when they host the trendy Winter X-Games. Siblings Aspen Highlands and Ajax in downtown Aspen are also worth a day of skiing during your family ski week in Aspen.

Steamboat, Colorado
Steamboat is a frontier cowboy town ideal for ski families. Steamboat’s ski terrain is extensive, 3,000 acres, with mostly gentle pitch and plenty of perfect aspen glades from mellow to steeper Shadows and Chutes. The Colorado snow and sun are abundant, and the on-mountain accommodations are aplenty including the Steamboat Grand. Steamboat’s Village at the mountain has everything steps away, while the downtown frontier town of Steamboat Springs, just a short drive, is authentic western and wild. Take the family to Strawberry Park Hot Springs for après ski. Also ski with Billy Kid, and race NASTAR in this Ski Town USA – home to the most US Olympic skiers and riders. They must be doing something right in Steamboat Springs.

Big Sky, Montana
Big Sky is not so easy to get too – just one of the reasons we like it so much. This Montana ski resort is vast, very fun and offers spectacular vistas in ski country. Now that Big Sky interconnects with Moonlight Basin, you have some of the biggest skiing in America. Staying slopeside at Big Sky’s Summit Hotel, you can walk to the lifts, to kids ski camp and to the Village Plaza with skier services, shops and restaurants. Take a day off to visit Yellowstone National Park -Old Faithful still goes off in winter, and the geysers and animals tracks are easy to spot in the snow.

Vail, Colorado
Vail is the grandfather of Rocky Mountain ski resorts (circa 1962). With so much terrain (over5,200-acres), Vail makes the top ten ski resort list

NYT: Trump family seeks rent break for DC hotel from Trump administration

The Trump Organization has looked into changing the Trump International Hotel’s lease payments to the General Services Administration in recent weeks, according to The Times, which cited people familiar with the matter.

The DC hotel is housed in the Old Post Office building, a federally-owned property on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol building. The hotel is currently paying a monthly rent of $267,653 to the GSA, according to the GSA website.

CNN reached out to the Trump family and a spokesperson for the organization for comment but has not received a response. Eric Trump, one of the President’s sons who oversees the family business, confirmed the request to the Times and said they were asking the GSA about relief the agency may be giving other federal tenants.

“Just treat us the same,” Eric Trump told the Times. “Whatever that may be is fine.”

The GSA did not respond to requests for comment.

CNN has reported that Trump properties have collectively furloughed nearly 2,000 employees across several states as businesses are forced to close to stop the spread of the virus.

Trump International hotel workers were furloughed in Washington (237). Chicago (294 employees) and Las Vegas (552 employees). Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York furloughed 70 employees and Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, another 102 employees.

The coronavirus pandemic is costing Trump Organization properties over a million dollars in lost revenue daily, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post reported earlier this month the company has laid off or furloughed nearly 1,500 employees at its hotels in the United States and Canada.

Trump and his family have been barred from seeking relief from a Treasury Department $500 billion lending program included in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package he signed last month.

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My Family Is Trapped In Paradise During The Coronavirus Pandemic, But It’s No Vacation

I am hand-washing our laundry for the second time in three days. The first time, I packed our wet clothes in a fury as we raced from the northern Balinese fishing village of Lovina to Denpasar, in the south, hoping to catch a flight home.

An hour into our drive, a mechanical issue with our scooter had us back at our homestay, our hastily packed, still-damp laundry now smelling of warm, wet dog.

COVID-19 is forcing my family to end our six-month Bali adventure earlier than planned.

My family and I live aboard our sailboat off the west coast of Canada. Both work-from-home writers, my husband and I homeschool our two youngest children. While living at sea offers us a peaceful and wildly beautiful life, it can make for some rugged and challenging conditions. So it was that we decided to spend the winter in the warm, tropical embrace of Bali.

Bali has long been a popular tourist destination known for its vibrant culture and spirited citizens. Spending six months in this magical land was to be a homeschooler’s dream ― language, culture, nature and global citizenry all wrapped up in one endless educational experience.

We arrived last October and set about exploring the island’s abundant temples, near-daily ceremonies and simply gorging ourselves on fruit. Then January happened.

Reports began trickling through to mainstream media about a small outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness out of Wuhan, China. On Feb. 1, I received the first email from the Canadian Embassy about the novel coronavirus with generalized information for travelers on following basic health precautions. We carried on exploring rice fields, taking jungle hikes and meeting locals who helped us along as we practiced speaking Indonesian.

I now receive a daily email with increasingly urgent language and instructions from the Canadian Embassy on the sole topic of COVID-19.

So, what’s it really like to be trapped in paradise during a global pandemic?

It’s scary. It’s beautiful. It’s filled with anxiety and fear and calm and peace. I vacillate between wanting to just get home and wanting to just stay put.

Do we risk exposure in the travel home or do we risk staying here? I live in doubt followed by firm decisions, only to encounter more doubt, rethinking and changing plans, and, through it all, daily life continues around my family and me.

Do we risk exposure in the travel home or do we risk staying here? I live in doubt followed by firm decisions, only to encounter more doubt, rethinking and changing plans, and, through it all, daily life continues around my family and me.

We have been staying at a homestay, Bali’s version of a bed and breakfast. Staying here long-term through the pandemic would mean renting a villa ― a home where we can properly isolate ourselves if the Indonesian government orders us into lockdown. And suddenly, a whole new realm of logistics opens before me of navigating morning markets and setting up a house with nothing more than

The Photographer ~ on a Family Vacation ~ with Kids

The Photographer, on family vacation, with kids  by Kirsty Larmour

I’m lucky, very lucky – my family (me, hubby, 2 kids aged 4 and 2) have lived in some awesome places and managed to travel to some even greater places in our time – but it doesn’t matter how far and wide you travel, the one thing we all want to do when we’re on vacation is relax, but if you’re a parent with a camera (especially a photographer parent with a camera) you also want to get fantastic pics of your kids on holiday and to create some really great lasting memories.  In fact some of my very favourite pictures of my own kids are from our holidays just because of the fact I’ve been more relaxed and putting myself under less pressure!

So here is a series of points I find help me on that quest!! I don’t consider it a definitive list by any means but I hope it’ll help a few others as we approach the summer holiday season.

1. Put away the big camera!

This in itself takes some of the pressure to perform off you as the photographer! I can’t take my big D700 and the mega lenses on holiday – with a 2 year old and a 4 year old, plus nappies (yeah I’m British!!), snacks, colouring books, leaky water bottles and beach sand it’s just a liability. So I only ever take my old falling apart D80, which I don’t care so much about if it gets a little battered, or needs throwing into a nappy (diaper!!) bag when a toilet emergency occurs! Holidays are a time for relaxing and lying back in a hammock!

pic-01 The Photographer ~ on a Family Vacation ~ with Kids Guest Bloggers Photography Tips

2. Don’t forget the basics – early morning and late evening light are still the best – open shade still beats midday sun – so try and focus your days activities so that you’re in places you might want to photograph at the appropriate times. I personally find that vacation or not, my kids seem to be up early and much as I don’t want to get up that early too, one of the things that works is to get up with them, wear them out and all of us take a mid-day siesta before hitting the pool / sights / beach etc. again late afternoon.  When we went to Petra in Jordan we saw the sites at dawn the first day, but didn’t see as much as we wanted, so 2 days later went back late afternoon after a lunchtime snooze – bingo, less people, even light on the main sites – wonderful pictures!

pic-02 The Photographer ~ on a Family Vacation ~ with Kids Guest Bloggers Photography Tips

3. Don’t miss the shot just because it’s not photographically perfect – it’s still a memory of your holiday or vacation! For sure we don’t want to take photos in that harsh midday sun, but if midday is when you’re there, then go on, take it anyway – I adore this one, taken in Oman near to the border with Yemen –

Weekend Getaways, Short Trips & Family Vacation Guides

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Shorter
getaways mean more vacations….

While many people dream of spending weeks on sun-drenched tropical beaches, a growing number of families or couples are recognizing the advantages of vacation or holiday fun in shorter doses.

Two-income households with a gaggle of kids in tow especially have little time to plan, budget and organize a long trip.

So it’s no surprise that weekend getaway trips are catching on across the country.

In times of economic hardship, it’s especially important for families to budget travel expenses without giving up the fun and adventure that a full-tilt vacation may provide.

Short getaways or long weekend trips include much less planning and, of course, the chance to get out of town at a moment’s notice.



Make Your Vacation Seem Longer – Take Weekends

By opting for longer weekends, many vacationers feel they are getting more, not less, vacation time. Spreading the traditional 14-21 vacation days over the four seasons also provides lots of opportunities
for a short family road trip, fall foliage or winery tour, winter getaways or extended stays at summer campgrounds, theme parks or winter holiday ski trips.

“It all
depends on your attitude,” says New York native Mary Donough
who, along with her husband and two kids have taken quick
trips around the NYC
metro area, Boston
and Washington
DC
– even Cancun
and Bermuda.

“While long stay vacations are fun to plan, it’s so much more exciting to pack a few things, grab the kids and go, especially in the off-season. Once you find out how fun and affordable it can be,
weekend trips are the only way to go.”

For the best deals during peak season also look for US destinations that traditionally offer cheaper airfares, hotel room and meals – like Orlando or Las Vegas – for a complete travel package that won’t break the bank.


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– Use the left hand drop-down menu to access tips & advice on trips for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, winter and fall weekend getaways
and related family travel fun on a budget.

Weekend Getaways from 9 Major U.S. Cities – Smarter Traveler reviews of top locations around the U.S. offering cheap getaways with related tips on finding budget restaurants and attractions.

Cheap Family Weekend Getaways – Check out the Travel Channel for expert advice on how to save money at state parks,

How to Plan an Awesome Family Vacation on a Budget

Taking a family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you can be flexible about timing and opportunistic when you see a great deal. It will be important to focus on where the family wants to vacation, have a budget that fits within your means, and then arm yourself with knowledge about package deals and last-minute savings via reputable websites.

From vacation ideas to money-saving strategies, here’s what you need to plan a budget-friendly family getaway with the kids.

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Called “America’s best idea” by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors. 

Each year, there are designated free days at the national parks. Plan your trip to arrive on one of these days. Consider a pass if you plan to visit quite a few parks over the year. 

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Have an Extreme Outdoor Adventure

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Trade in the long car ride and unhealthy foods that are typically associated with vacation, and head out on an extended family bike ride or hike. With all the family-friendly bike trails and hiking trails that are spread out across the country, it’s really easy to hit the trails and just go for miles. While this type of trip takes more planning and commitment than most, it couldn’t be more budget-friendly. Pack food and camping gear, and you won’t have to pay for much more than a nightly camping fee. And just think how cool it would be to say that your family hiked 25 miles or biked 100 miles. Showing your kids that they can accomplish big things is a very good use of vacation time.

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Go on a Grand Tour

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 Lots of factories will allow you to tour their facilities for free or a nominal fee. These behind-the-scenes tours allow kids to see how everything from tractors to jelly beans are made, and often come with free samples and swag. Line up a route of factory tours in an area that you’d like to explore. Then, add in a free walking tour at each stop along the way.

Most mid-to-large size cities have self-guide tours that you can download to your phone, as well as guided tours run by freelancers, who work for tips. They can be a really interesting way to explore a city, and often lead to discovering hidden gems that you’d normally miss.

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Take a Learning Vacation

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 Everyone has things they wish they knew how to do. Start a conversation with your family to find out what those things are. Then, plan a trip around making some of them happen. You could learn how to ride horses, dig for fossils or sign up for a basketmaking workshop. There are so many possibilities, and

7 Cheap & Fun Family Vacation Ideas That Your Kids Will Love

The family vacation is practically an American institution. Whether it’s a trip to Grandma’s house or a long-anticipated vacation to a Disney theme park, vacations allow you to spend quality time with your family as you make lifelong memories.

Of course, vacationing with a large brood also means shelling out more for everything: food, lodging, entertainment, and attraction tickets, to name a few. But just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you need to skip the family vacation.

There are ways to plan a family vacation without going into debt or paying a fortune. Being smart about getting the most out of every dollar makes it possible to enjoy your trip without sacrificing fun. It’s the best of both worlds: making memories with your family and avoiding sticker shock when all is said and done.

Cost-Effective Family Vacation Ideas

I’ve taken my kids on two vacations this year, neither of which were exotic or expensive. And even though I didn’t take my kids to see architecture in Europe or to find elephants on an African safari, we had fun, created memories, and snapped a ton of scrapbook-worthy photos. My kids are seven and four – they’re happy to stay in a hotel and go swimming. I’ve learned vacations aren’t about the destination so much as the experience, which means a cost-effective plan can be as enjoyable as a pricey vacation.

Here are some of the best ways to score a memorable trip on the cheap:

1. Plan a Staycation

Whether you visit a historical site, national forest, or a few local city hangouts, by booking lodging where you live and sticking close to home, you can get the vacation experience without the expense of travel. Look for cheap attractions and tours, and ask your hotel whether they offer a discount for local residents. One of the best places to find staycation deals is through group deal websites such as LivingSocial, Travelzoo, and Groupon. Most of these sites offer deep discounts on everything from hotels to food and activities.

Doing something out of the ordinary, even if it’s close to home, can help create a vacation-like atmosphere without requiring an extravagant trip. Whether you choose to go camping at a nearby campsite, or you stay overnight in the city to check out the opening of a new museum, you don’t need to drive or fly to find a vacation spot.

2. Get Active

If you think about it, most of the attractions and events you pay for on vacation are passive activities. It costs a lot of money to catch a baseball game, go to the movies, see a play, or wander around a theme park, and yet, these activities don’t always lend themselves to family bonding. That’s why I favor active itineraries instead. Not only does a hike through a national forest or a bike ride through town cost a lot less than show tickets, these types of activities give you a chance to talk and connect with

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One of the travel agents on our team will reach out to you to schedule a complimentary 20 min. phone or video consultation. Having a full understanding of your family’s specific needs, wishes, interests and dreams is necessary to create memorable family vacation experiences.  

If you decide you’re ready to move ahead with your vacation plans, your agent will ask you to officially register your full contact and payment details with Vacationkids. This is necessary because we often have to act decisely when it comes to making airfare and other reservations and we need this information at the ready.

At this point, you will receive 60 days of our unlimited vacation planning help, quotes, research and  professional support. 

If for any reason you decide NOT to make reservations with Vacationkids within those 60 days, your credit card on file will be charged a $150 service fee for the time your agent has invested in your care. 

Proper vacation planning takes quality time and serious reasearch. Our loyal and dedicated clients deserve our full focus, time and expertise. There are just so many hours in each work day. We need to eliminate browsers, window wishers and others not ready to book their vacations for whatever reason. 

We must devote our time to clients who are serious about travel. Those who understand and appreciate the level of committment, professionalism and expertise that we offer.

This is how we insure that when you book with Vacationkids, you will receive the excellent service, care and respect you expect and deserve.

 

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