3 Top Tips for Cheap Family Travel
Budget travel is a way of life for some folks. They love to travel and they want to stretch their budget as much as they can. Every great bit of savings they find is a bit of victory. Budget travel with kids is harder but also more essential. Here are my best ideas for saving money in ways you might not have thought of.
3 Cheap Family Travel Ideas:
I think the United States offers an incredible deal in terms of cheap family travel. I mean, this is a country where you could still travel almost for free. I say that because this is a place where you’re still allowed to camp, virtually anywhere in the country as long as you stay – I mean, there’s certain rules, you have to stay in a State or National Park, you have to stay a certain distance away from roads. I never pay for camping when I’m in this country, and I’ve camped half an hour outside of New York City.So there’s an awful lot of great opportunities for cheap family travel, if you’re willing to go old style.
The other thing is, don’t forget that these incredible social networking sites have come up where you can swap your apartment or your house for another apartment/house virtually anywhere in the country or abroad. And I have an awful lot of friends who are doing that very successfully and you have an awful lot of flexibility.
Now, more and more people are doing short-term sublets of their apartments and houses in in center cities and outer —but still convenient—residential neighborhoods and suburbs. So you can stay in somewhere like New York for very little per day, relatively speaking. So I think getting outside of the usual tourist grid, which is very easy to do in this country offers incredible savings.
And of course, on the flip side, if you live somewhere the people want to visit you can rent your place our while you are away or do a home swap. This can save a bundle or offset the cost of your trip by quite a bit.
Finn Olaf Jones, a financial analyst-turned travel writer, focuses on traveling economically and adventurously with his family. He contributes to KidsInTheHouse.com.