Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Budget Wednesday: Affording Vacation Part 2

Last Saturday I posted some of my tips for making a vacation affordable. With spring rolling around, I am sure many of you are beginning to plan your family's summer vacation or a quick spring getaway. No one needs to tell us that the travel industry is taking a hit from the recession, but the good news is that this is a great time to snag some amazing package deals. Here some more of my tips for planning a vacation on a budget:

4. Drive instead of fly. This might seem like common sense, especially with the lower gas prices. However, how many of you have actually taken trips within a couple hours drive from where you live? Often, people associate vacation with 'going away', but it doesn't have to be on the other side of the country for you to have some fun and R&R! Click here to learn about all the destinations and trip options near your homestead.

5. Get outside. We are incredibly blessed to have such an extensive national and state park system here in the United States. How many national parks have you been to? With such a wide variety of parks (from caves to sand dunes) there's sure to be one to fit your family! Camping has long been a budget friendly vacation, and it pays back by building community and character. Not looking to rough it? Lodges are available at most parks, as well as tours, guided activities and special events. Click here to find one near you.

6. Collect Coupons. Yes, coupons can be used for more than just groceries! Most destinations have a Visitor's Bureau where you can not only get the scoop on all the best attractions but also get coupons! These coupons can range from a dollar off to half price admission. Also, the staff can give you hints on details such as where to park for free if its a busy destination.

Stay tuned for more on budget vacation planning!

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