Best Budget Family Vacations

Best Budget Family Vacations
Best Budget Family Vacations
Family vacations are one of the best ways to strengthen the bond between family members. Whether it's a weekend trip or for a week or more, family vacations are an event that everyone will remember for years to come. Unfortunately, family vacations can also be expensive. However, there are plenty of budget friendly options available to help any family be able to afford some time on vacation.

One of the best ways to save money while on vacation with the family is to go camping. Not only will you save money vs. what you would pay for a hotel stay, you can also fit multiple tents on one campsite while only paying for one site. If you don't feel like roughing it, there are plenty of RV rental companies available that will rent you a vehicle large enough to sleep your entire family.


When taking a vacation as a couple or on your own, flying can be a great way to go. However, with a family, plane ticket costs can quickly add up. Taking vacations to destination that are within driving distance of your home is a great way to stay in budget, or free up some of your vacation money to do other fun things. In fact, you can extend your vacation through more than one destination and really have a family adventure. All while staying within your budget.

All-inclusive Resorts

The Caribbean and Mexican beaches are slowly becoming more and more family friendly, with many all-inclusive resorts adding activities for the entire family. As these resorts increase in popularity, so do the number of options for budget-friendly, all-inclusive resorts. No longer do you have to spend a fortune for a family vacation in the sun. With everything from water parks to kids clubs now available, and everything (including meals and activities) being included in the price, these resorts are a great option for the budget-conscious family.


Cruise lines, especially Disney and Princess, have made a name for themselves in providing family-oriented fun and entertainment. They are also some of the best options for a family vacation on a budget. With all your meals included, and kids prices ranging at about half the cost of an adult ticket, this is a great way to save money while still spending time together. To make it even cheaper, find a port nearby that you can drive to and park your car for the week, instead of paying for plane tickets for your entire family.

Disney Vacations

Both Disneyland and Disney World are located in areas of the United States that stay warm almost year round. Booking a Disney vacation just after the holidays in January and February is a great way to save money both on Disney resort stays as well as park entrance tickets. What better place to spend a family vacation then the one place that promises to bring out the kid in everyone? Not only will you save money, but most likely the crowds will be much smaller, meaning less time waiting in line for attractions.

Las Vegas

Though Las Vegas has a reputation for being Sin City, it also has a family-oriented side, with hundreds of things to do for the entire family. Whether you want to pet sharks at the Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef or ride the roller coaster on the top of the Stratosphere, there is something for everyone. Don't forget the dolphin habitat and Secret Garden at the Mirage hotel full of wild animals and sea creatures. If you watch the deals, you can get truly great deals on your hotel stay. With so many rooms in such a small city, you are bound to find a hotel room that fits into your budget. Airfare deals to Las Vegas are also commonplace.

Chris Sherwood is a professional journalist who specializes in health and fitness, diseases, medical and health research, and drug and alcohol effects research. Sherwood works in healthcare administration, specifically with wound care, medical billing and insurance.