You can still have fun, travel, and enjoy time with family and friends away from the daily grind, and stick to a budget. A vacation does not have to mean spend a great deal, nor do you have to deny or limit yourself the pleasure of a much-needed respite or time with those you care about, or have not seen for quite a while. One of the first things to consider is off-season travel; it is a great way to relax without the hustle of large crowds and a way to avoid the expected high rates of high season and peak travel. Check to see whether your travel plans coincide with local festivities, events or special goings-on for your destination, as local events most certainly can impact prices for accommodations and food considerably. If your family vacation includes small children, check to see whether family vacation packages are inclusive of kids activities, as many such activities can add up individually outside of the package deal, and if your family travel includes older children, make sure that such activities for smaller children are not included, to avoid paying for things you will not take advantageous of.
If you plan on domestic rather than international travel, then perhaps driving or a scenic train ride will be cheaper than airfare. If you must fly, keep in mind there will be taxes and perhaps luggage costs, and be aware there may be other unexpected last minute air travel costs. Airfares may be cheaper certain days of the week, always compare, and look for the lowest possible fare available, as such fares may not be considered economy, and when booking a fully refundable fare early, you can continue to look, compare, and change if you find something better.
If you plan an international getaway, getting around can be cost effective and adventurous with the Eurorail. Train passes can be purchased prior to travel, seats can be reserved, as there may a limited number of seats for pass holders, and tickets can be purchased at the relevant station. Rail travel is great for the budget-minded where travelers can take a leisurely trip from country to country, sample the local cuisine in the dining cars, and meet others with similar interests. The pass allows unlimited travel within a timeframe, and travel between three to five countries. With a little research you may find that rail is the way to explore and travel cheaply giving you an unforgettable experience with memories that will last a lifetime.
Camping is another great family adventure, and can be very easy on the budget. If you have invested in camping gear and equipment over the years, with a little planning and sticking to camping do’s and don’ts, you can be sure that a happy and fun-filled time will be had by all. There are many nature-rich campsite venues that offer many different activities for all age groups, buoyed by the promise of a rejuvenating experience from peaceful gardens and parks, to cool sparkling brooks, where memories are made to last a lifetime.
Accommodations can be pricey, but with a little due diligence, you can find just about anything that can fit within your budget. Hostels are popular and economical, and not just for backpackers. Typically, there are rules, standards, and curfews that are expected to be followed all for the safety and pleasure of the traveler. Some hostels have great views, settings, and very inviting atmospheres, as well as swimming pools, game rooms, showers, kitchen facilities, beautiful gardens, and many other amenities. Still on the scale of economical are the bed and breakfast hotels, and private homes. Many bed and breakfast hotels are very friendly, and family oriented. Though very affordable, they range in price depending on location and what it offers the guests. There are many people who will rent out a room in their homes and is common place in parts of Europe and developing countries. Private homes are sure to be a delight as you live as the locals, and enjoy traditional meals.
There are budget specialists, domestic and international, check out neighborhood travel agencies, as opposed to the big city competitors. There are many groups and organizations that organize trips for those who may want to work for accommodations, and it is not just limited to organic farms, there’s house sitting, which may include walking the dog, and many other opportunities for different skill levels. If you are just a little bit adventurous, and do a little homework, you are sure to find a way to have that exotic vacation, a true respite away from the daily routine.