Traveling with the whole family can be costly and stressful. By doing some research before you head out, you can save money and make your trip easier for everyone, ensuring you all have a relaxing, stress-free vacation.
Click the photos below to get tips for traveling on a budget, all while keeping the family in good health!
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After you pick a vacation spot, make sure to seek out and take advantage of free or low-cost public transportation. Get in some exercise to save more money, too, by renting bikes or packing comfy sneakers to walk to your destinations instead of driving there and having to pay for gas and parking.
Look into Free
Many vacation spots have free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take advantage of camping or hiking, and let your children explore the outdoors and soak in nature’s health benefits.
Save on Food Costs
Eating out for every meal can be very expensive. If your hotel has kitchen space or a refrigerator, look for local farmers’ markets or a grocery store and stock up on healthy foods, snacks, and beverages to eat before you go out. Cooking your own breakfast, lunch, or dinner can help control portion size, keep weight down, and save you money while on vacation.
Prepare for Emergencies
Traveling with children can be an exciting time for the entire family. And it’s always a great idea to be prepared. Make sure to pack some adhesive bandages, pain medicine, and more to safely travel for your health. You can also visit your provider a few weeks before your trip to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to go.
for Down Time
Traveling can take a lot out of everyone, especially parents. If you have a very active day, be sure to leave time for some relaxation—maybe squeeze in a late-afternoon nap, go to the pool, play cards or board games, and try to get everyone to go to sleep early. Taking some breaks throughout your trip can not only help you save money, but ensure you all will be getting in enough rest to really enjoy your vacation.
Thinking of staying put this summer? Don’t forget to check out these easy ways to save money in New York City as well!
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“Eat Right,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Accessed July 1, 2019.