Ideas for Family Vacations on a Budget

The Ultimate List of Ideas for a Family Vacation on a Budget

Budget vacations are a good option when you wish to have a family vacation with the best possible deal. Here are some ideas for the same.
Vacayholics Staff
Last Updated: May 23, 2018
Family looking at the sea view during a cruise
Going on a vacation together is an important aspect for a family. But, if on a low budget, it is difficult to go on a vacation to some exotic spot with a large family.
The travel, lodging, boarding expenses, as well as shopping expenses have to be taken into consideration. You must already have experienced common budget vacation plans like picnic, camping, road trips, travel to farms, etc.
Apart from these, there are certain destinations that have discount offers. Here are a few ideas for inexpensive vacations.
National Parks
Beautiful Gardens
Vacations to national parks are the best options for low-cost family vacations. It is great fun to camp in the woods, ski in the snow, and enjoy the scenic beauty around.
Kids will love to watch the wildlife and explore the parks. It would be a fun-filled family adventure vacation. Look out for national parks that are feasible and convenient to travel to.
Cataloochee Entrance Sign
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee is the most visited national park in the US. It is located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. The entry to this national park is absolutely free.
Exploring in the woods
You can experience auto touring, bicycling, fishing, hiking, and camping here. Children as well as adults will love the waterfalls and wildlife.
The Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is another option. There is no entry fee for children below the age of 15 years here. Annual discounted passes are also available. Here you can enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, and fishing.
Cruise Vacations
The cruise ship
Many people are unaware that a cruise vacation can be an option for budget vacations. Some cruise companies provide exciting and reasonable offers.
You have to look out for the services provided by the cruises and opt for only those you want. You will be benefited by the all-inclusive prices of the cruise.
Short duration cruises are comparatively cheaper. There are numerous means of entertainment like pools, casinos, live entertainment, spas, etc., on a cruise, and no one in the family will feel left out of the excitement.
Some cruises also offer babysitting services. Check out all the details well in advance, so that you are sure what to opt for and what suits your need the best.
The cruise ship Disney Dream
Disney cruise is a Disney-theme based cruise owned by an American company. There are numerous state rooms and they offer low prices if kids occupy the same room with the parents.
There are various attractive activities for kids, teens, as well as adults, included in the cruise. Carnival Cruise lines own a fleet of ships. The Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, etc., are some of its destinations. The water slides on these cruises will enchant your kids to no extent. You may find reasonable prices during an off-season.
Beach Vacations
family-on-beach
Some beaches are low-cost vacation spots. Traveling expenses will be minimal in a beach vacation as you only have to pay for the resorts and the food. Find the all-inclusive-package resorts, and don't hesitate to ask for discounts.
tulum-beach
The Tulum beach of Mexico is a popular budget vacation destination. You can enjoy the white sand, sea view rooms and showers on the beaches, and that too at affordable prices. The Placencia beach in Belize is another good option. Here you can also enjoy the kayak trip and explore the wildlife.
Caribbean beach
Some Caribbean beaches having private resorts also have reasonable deals on offer. Look out for their off-season offers.
Before planning a budget family vacation, consider stop-over flights or flights with flexible schedule, as they are cheaper. You can also inquire for group discounts in hotels. In some hotels, there are per-person discounts if kids share the room. You can use folding cots or sleeping bags.
Remember, planning for a budget travel in the off-season, and well in advance will save you a lot of money.