School bells are ringing and kids everywhere are bursting out of school. As Summer rolls on in, parents are working hard to figure out summer plans including family vacations! Even when on a budget you can still have a fun family vacation if you look for some extra savings.
Now more than ever, parents are planning family vacations that are both fun and affordable. To give you a few ideas, I’ve compiled a list of four of the most popular family vacation ideas that won’t break your bank this Summer.
One of the most popular family vacation sites in 2013 are dude ranches. Usually opened year-round, dude ranches provide a hands on experience for families wanting to learn about living in a ranch. Most dude ranches offer resort-style accommodations and do-it-yourself activities such as archery, wrangling livestock and horseback riding. Typically, a dude ranch vacation depends on the season. For the average Five-day/Four-night package, which include meals and activities for a family for four, costs usually range from $850-$930. It’s best to compare prices with dude ranches near your area to save money on transportation.
Whether you live in the East Coast, West Coast or even the Midwest, you will be able to find a piece of history. If you want your kids to learn more about our national history while still having fun, why not visit a historical landmarks. Such landmarks can be found in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Not only do these landmarks offer educational fun for kids, but cities like these also come hand-in-hand with unique city culture that captivates both kids and adults. From ringing the Liberty Bell, visiting national monuments or reliving the ride of Paul Revere, there’s no better way to experience history than visiting an historical landmark near you.
The United States may have major metropolitan areas, but thanks to the efforts of the federal government, hundreds and thousands of acres remain untouched and open to anyone who would like to experience the wonders of nature! National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon offer families areas of available campgrounds and cabins that will bring your family closer to nature.
Although not as structured as a dude ranch, visiting national parks allows families to create their own itinerary, where they are free to roam the wilderness or take on white water rafting with local instructors. Much like visiting historical landmarks, national parks vacation costs will depend entirely on how well food and transportation costs are managed.
Cruises are one of the cheapest ways to destress from your work life as well as show your kids a great time out at sea. What makes cruises so popular today is that most are all-inclusive, meaning you get a room, access to services, events and activities and all-you-can-eat food 24-hours a day, all for a fixed price. Not only this, but families are able to visit new places every time they port, whether it be in the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera or Alaska.
The most popular family-oriented cruise lines are Carnival and Disney. Like dude ranches, cruises also will vary by season. The lowest price you may be able to find during late Spring and early Summer averages at about $500 per person for a week. Kids prices vary, but are usually less. Make sure you look for bargains on family cruise packages before jetting off to sea!
Whether you’re planning a family vacation in a dude ranch, a national park, historical landmark or out at sea, there’s no better way to spend your vacation than with your family.
Contribution made by Becky W.