Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Affordable Family Vacations

Taking a family vacation with kids needn’t mean an overhaul of the family budget. Many destination options exist that are both kid and budget friendly. Choose from these top family vacations with children on a budget to help save money and keep everyone onboard entertained throughout the whole trip.

Save Money with a National Parks Vacation

Camping with the kids has always been an affordable family vacation, and the National Parks provide the opportunity to do just that. Take a road trip out to parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Zion. The National Parks also have affordable lodging options nearby or inside the park. You’ll be giving your children a memorable trip as they experience the wonders of nature. Before going, make sure to purchase a guidebook of the park to help enhance the experience and understanding of the park.

Consider a National Park guidebook that includes all of the parks. In these guides, you’ll find helpful information on the park’s history, things to do, places to stay and popular side trips. The National Geographic Guide to the National Parks in the United States is a wonderful start, complete with color photos throughout the book.

Discounted Family Cruise Vacations

If the vacation budget is more roomy, consider taking the kids on a cruise. There are many affordable family vacations on cruise lines today, and children under a certain age often board for free. Cruises include many amenities designed to satisfy any type of family. From kid’s pools to daytime activities or even daycare, many cruise lines are accommodating to children. Parents can go to the spa or enjoy a nice dinner while the kids have fun at the same time. For the best rates, book a family friendly cruise during the off-season (usually in the summer).
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