Plan a Family Vacation without Blowing Your Budget

Plan a Family Vacation without Blowing Your Budget

Saving money on a family vacation is an essential consideration for many travelers. With thoughtful planning, budget-conscious choices, and creative strategies, you can make the most of your vacation while keeping costs under control. Don’t let your budget be the reason you miss out on making memories with your family this year!

Instead, consider these tips for planning a family vacation without blowing your budget.

1. Travel in the Off Season

If you can, schedule your vacation during the off season for the location you are considering. Some families have flexibility in their schedules to do so without requiring the kids to miss school. If your children attend year round school or are homeschooled, for example, you might be able to take advantage of discounted rates for accommodations, car rentals, and more just because you are visiting during a slower time of year. An added bonus of this strategy is being able to avoid some of the crowds.

2. Opt Out of Resorts and Hotels

While staying in a resort or hotel may be your first thought when planning a vacation, it is often the more expensive option. Even if the nightly rate of a resort or hotel is similar to a vacation rental, you will likely end up spending more in hotel fees, tips for hotel staff, and eating out for most of your meals.

In a vacation rental like the Brooklyn Penthouse in Indio or The Place in Lake Havasu, you can prepare your meals in a fully equipped gourmet kitchen or outside by the pool. This will save you money and allow you to enjoy a more relaxing environment with kids.

3. Free and Low Cost Activities

Check out free or low-cost activities and attractions in your destination, like free walking tours, parks, museums with free days, and outdoor activities. Take advantage of these options to have a memorable time without breaking the bank.

In Lake Havasu, plan a fishing trip or play in the water, or go hiking if you have booked your trip during the off season and the weather is mild. In Indio, plan a family day relaxing in the 40′ saltwater pool or playing lawn games while you make pizza in our gourmet outdoor pizza oven.

4. Pack Smart

Remember that anything you buy after arriving at your destination might cost more. You likely won’t be able to shop around for the lowest cost while on a family vacation, so it makes more sense to bring your essentials from home. Be prepared by packing essentials such as sunscreen, first aid items, and reusable water bottles to avoid buying them at inflated prices at your destination.

5. Limit Your Souvenirs

Buying souvenirs on a family vacation can be expensive and add up quickly. Set a budget for souvenirs or opt out of them entirely. In lieu of bringing souvenirs home, consider taking plenty of pictures and making a photo book at the end of the trip for the entire family to reminisce any time.

6. Book in Advance

Booking things like car rentals or special activities well in advance can often lead to substantial savings. Last-minute bookings may result in higher prices, especially during peak travel seasons. Make a plan as far in advance as possible, including any major features of your itinerary, to allow yourself time to shop around and benefit from any early bird discounts.

Ready to book a trip? Check out the availability of The Brooklyn Penthouse or The Place to get started.