Vacations are great especially during the summer. You don't need to pull the kids out of school and it is usually easier for you to get off of work since summers are less busy. Going on a cruise does sound fun but it can get to be rather expensive. Also, if you plan on going on a cruise, chances are you would want to go someplace far away like the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a very hot destination during our summer months and can be uncomfortable to travel in. Plan a vacation on a house boat for your next summer vacation. It is much less expensive and fun for your entire family.

First you need to decide how big of a boat you want to rent by considering how many people are in your family. Depending how your kids get along, you may want to have separate bedrooms for them. If they get along great, then you may want to save money and have them share a bedroom. House boats come in all different sizes, the average size being four to six bedrooms. There is always a kitchen, bathroom and living room in each house boat. The deck will usually have a lot of space for people to hang out and may even include a hot tub. Most house boats also include a generator for use of heat, electricity and air conditioning if needed. There are all different types of house boats you can rent. You may want to choose one that your children will enjoy as some are geared more for children and some are geared more for older people that don't need any extras. A waterslide may be on a boat that is geared for children. Swimming all day long may be what your kids see as a vacation. While the parents sit up on the deck and have a few drinks and appetizers they can keep an eye on their kids.

It is also important to plan what you want to do during your vacation time on your house boat. Although the whole point of being on a boat is to drive around, you may want to reconsider to save money. Maybe you want to make it a goal to drive around for part of the vacation and dock it at your destination. A great way to plan the vacation is to choose a destination that has some distance away and drive the boat around until you reach where you want to go. Your whole family will enjoy being on the boat as well as getting off of the boat to move around. Your kids may think it is pretty neat to dock the boat at an island. It is important to plan other things off of the boat as well so you can keep your kids active so they don't complain that they are bored. You can plan games of volleyball, kickball, bean bag toss or a scavenger hunt. You can also do tie dye t-shirts with your family.

Another way to save money is to plan simple meals. When you are on vacation you usually go out to eat. Vacationing on a house boat is yet another way to help you save money. There is absolutely no need for you to drive to find a restaurant on the river or lake with a full kitchen in your boat. A full kitchen will usually include a microwave, dishwasher, oven, stove, refrigerator and a freezer. Plan simple meals that won't take long and everyone will love. Pizza, deli sandwiches, pasta and cereal are some choices.

It is essential to check out different companies when deciding on which house boat is right for you. Some companies may be more expensive than others. If the prices of renting are out of the question for you then you may want to think about asking one of your family members if they want to go with you. You can each pay for half of the vacation. If you have friends that you are close to this is an option as well.

You will most likely have an orientation before the owners allow you to leave. It is important to ask questions before you drive off in your vacation boat. If you do have any questions the owners will be happy to answer all of them so you are not wondering what to do when you are out in the middle of nowhere and a problem comes about. If you are at all hesitant about anything inside the boat it is important to go through it before leaving. Practice starting and stopping the boat and be sure to know how to shut your generator on and off. You can even ask the owner if mind going for a practice run so you know how everything works. Most likely they will not care and will feel even safer about renting the boat out to you.

There are a few things that you will need to bring when vacationing on a boat house. Many times families will overlook the things they need. It is important to make a list ahead of time so you don't forget. Fire wood, swimsuits, bedding, towels, extra clothes, water shoes, binoculars, pillows, bug spray, flashlights and a first aid kit are just a few things that you can add to your list. It is important to make a list of everything you need and give each member in your family the list so they can help pack.

If renting a house boat is in your price range it is definitely the way to go. Your family will be thanking you for years for allowing them this great opportunity. Without television, videogames and computers you can get away from the things that keep you inside. By traveling on a boat house you can get away from the stress of work and your yard work that you have avoided. A vacation on a boat house is a great choice for you to make that you won't regret.