When our children were younger, travel meant holiday visits to see family. As they got a little older, I had a sudden strong urge to start taking trips with them that didn’t just mean visiting family for holidays. Since Eric and I both grew up not taking many trips, I wanted everyone to start having more travel experiences.
If you have done much traveling, you know that even small trips can really strain a budget. However, after we started doing a little bit of traveling, we started trying to make a concerted effort to save and make room in our budget for more trips.
If you’ve been putting off family travel because of the expense, I encourage you to start making it a priority. Special memories are formed through travel. There is just something about getting away from the normal routine and setting out on an adventure with your family. In the everyday grind of life, it’s easy to lose perspective. For us, travel sometimes helps us bring back that focus, which is why saving money for trips is a family priority.
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Trips Don’t Have to Be Far Away
You might be putting off traveling with your family because you have in mind that trips need to take you far from home. They don’t! Last summer, we had some extra money and decided that a trip to Chicago would be fun. Even though that’s just a few hours from where we live, we had never made Chicago a destination before. We had a great time exploring some museums, shopping, eating and even using a portable ping pong set that we bought in our hotel room. It was a great chance for family bonding, and it only took us a few hours away. Where could you explore with your family that’s within an easy drive from home?
Trips Don’t Have to Be Expensive
For a few years in a row, when we first started being serious about making travel happen, we rented a rustic cabin in a state park and spent long weekends there. It was a great chance to reconnect with nature, learn new things and spend some quality family time together.
Watch for Deals to Help with Traveling
Finding ways to save up money is a great way to make travel happen for your family and so is watching for deals on things like vacation packages, airline tickets, hotels and more. When I saw a great airline deal last summer that said flights as low as $49 one-way, I decided to take a peek and see where we could go for that amount. When I saw that one of the options was Washington D.C., I knew that we had a Fall Break trip awaiting us. While we did have the expenses of Metro cards, food and a hotel, Washington D.C. offered up days and days worth of free things to see. We would have missed that if I hadn’t checked out possible deals.
Splurge on Bigger Trips When You Can
The first time we managed to go to Disney World as a family (because of a gift from my grandpa), it was so magical that I knew we had to do it again soon. In fact, I may have said that right as we were driving off of the property. Eric said, “Sure. You find a way to pay for it, and we can go again next year.”
Apparently that was all the challenge I needed! I carefully saved money from different sources to make sure that I could pay for us to fly there and cover all of our Disney World expenses for a week. Careful savings made it possible to enjoy a big family trip and pay for it all ahead of time.
Find Ways to Save for Traveling (or Whatever is Important to Your Family)
There are many things you can do to save for traveling, or whatever is important to you and your family. Whether you try to bring in some additional cash by doing extra work or by cutting out (or down) on some regular expenses, you could use that money for more adventures, more wonder and more memories.
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