It’s summer time! School is out and if you have kids they are probably getting restless by now and asking you what the plans are for summer vacation. If you’re trying to save money and be frugal like us – you’re probably thinking that summer vacation is not in cards for you. However, there are plenty of options to have a nice summer vacation without spending a ton of money.
Many people like to go on cruises or tropical destinations for summer vacation and that can definitely cost a lot of money. But you don’t have to go on a fancy cruise or to the tropics to have a good time with your family. There are tons of things to do right in your own backyard, or places to go that are really inexpensive. Here are a few options to consider this summer:
Be a Tourist, Locally
I guarantee you that there are plenty of places where you live that you have never been to before. I can think of ten (10) places off the top of my head where I’ve said “I’ve always wanted to go there” more than once. Well now’s our chance to go there! If you can’t think of some places off the top of your head, do a search for “local attractions” on the internet and you might be surprised at the places you find right in your own backyard. One of the places we have always wanted to go to was “Dinosaur World”. It’s not too far from us in Plant City, Florida and we discovered that you can even bring your pets with you. We brought the dogs along and had a nice day out with the pups.
Visit National Parks
A lot of national parks are really cheap to visit. Almost all of them have what’s called “fee-free days” to allow the public to visit for free. There’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors and taking in the natural beauty of the area. You could spend the day there and have a picnic, or go campings for a few days. Either way, it’s sure to be a trip you’ll never forget.
Visit Friends and Family
Summer is the perfect time to visit family that you haven’t seen in a long time. If you’re like me, you probably have family all over the world. I have family in New York, Tennessee, Massachusetts and even in Germany! I’m sure they would love to hear from you and would love it even more if you came for a visit. Most will even let you stay with them so you don’t have to fork up any extra money for a hotel. If the place is within driving distance, you can make a family road trip out of it. If not, you can shop around for competitively prices airline tickets. When staying with your relatives, there will be minimal expenses and they are usually the best people to show you around the area so you can take in all the sights.
So there you have it! There are fun things you can do with your family this summer without spending a ton of money. Now that you have some options, check out our post 5 Ways to Save Money When Traveling. This will give you more tips and tricks on how to save money when traveling this summer!