If you have a lot of money to spend, traveling with your family is a great way to off-load some of that. But if you are traveling on a budget, and are trying not to spend a fortune, keep reading!
Welcome back to This Nest Living! Today we are discussing how to travel as a family without spending a fortune. Now the tricky part of this is that you WILL end up spending a lot, but if you have done any traveling at all as a family, you already know that. What I will be sharing though are a few tips and tricks that we have found that help save a little here and a little there. If you like this kind of thing, stick around!
So, We’ve been there, done that. Traveling as a family of 6 (4 kids) and spent a lot of money! Now, there are 2 choices if there is an issue with this- you go on vacation or you don’t! If you don’t, you will sadly miss out on memories being made, experiences that will never happen again. If you do, you just have to know that the inevitable is that things will cost you!
Here are a few things we have done to save money while on vacation:
- We rent from HomeAway or VRBO. This post is not sponsored! I have simply used them many , many times in the last several years and if you are a family of especially more than 4, you know a standard hotel room just doesn’t sit it. The remedy is HomeAway or VRBO. You can enter the number of people in your party. How many beds and baths you want. City. Dates. And their site will give you a number of great rental options. We have found that renting a home, cabin, or condo has really benefited us more than staying in a hotel. The only benefit to a hotel is maid service. If you can live without that, I’d say check out one of these sites. The cost is cheaper and the accommodations are better! As a family, you can stretch out and have an amazing time relaxing in a home setting rather than a cramped hotel room.
- Weigh your flying vs driving options. We have always driven everywhere because it just wasn’t cost effective to fly. But anymore you might be surprised by some locations that it is actually cheaper or just about the same cost to fly. You will also want to factor a rental car into that but check out your options. Depending on the time of year, you might get a great deal!
- Eat in. Eating in, assuming you are doing suggestion number 1 and staying in a home or condo, can save money! These day, in many vacation locations, you can actually order groceries and have them delivered to your vacation rental. Eating breakfast and even lunch in is a great option. Then you just need to think about eating dinners out.
- Eating Out. There are SOOOO many ways to save little bits here and there on eating out. One way is to get Ibotta and save up your savings from groceries and online purchases, and get gift cards to your favorite restaurants. You could EASILY pay for a meal for your family after just a few months of saving with Ibotta. The next way is to go online and download a restaurant’s app. Or signup for their online coupons/emails. Sometime you can get free drinks, appetizers or a percentage off of your meal. It’s definitely worth a look, especially if you know the restaurant options that will be around your rental. The final way I suggest is to eat cheap one night them the next night spend a little more. And what I mean is one night you could go to a pizza place and only spend a little. Then the next night go to a restaurant with local cuisine. That way the money can even out in the end.
Yes, going on vacation can cost a lot. BUT the memories are going to be important. I know several people who never went on vacations as a kid. Their parents worked a lot, they just couldn’t afford to go, or just never made it a priority. And they felt like they missed out. And they did! I know my parents never had an abundance of money to take us on vacation but they made it a priority and set aside money to take us. And I have so many wonderful memories because of it! I am thankful!
Do you have any tips on saving money that you’d like to share? Please leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by today! And I hope to see you again soon!