With summer upon us, families are trying to plan a budget friendly vacation. In spite of the slow economy, many are still trying to afford vacation. Although it may seem frivolous, financial planners recommend going on vacation even if your budget is tight simply to keep yourself in positive spirits. Many may not be able to afford the extravagant vacations they once took, but there are still a few affordable road trips which will be sure to create memories and provide relaxation including:
Home to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and the famous Walt Disney World, Orlando is sure to provide fun for the whole family. Entrance fees to parks can become a little pricy especially for families, however you can save money by booking in advance or ordering packages online. Also, because you have your own car, you don’t have to worry about renting one or staying at the parks resort which can be costly.
Because summer is the time for government workers to take a break, many hotels are able to be more easily booked and tend to offer great deals allowing you and your family access to the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, the National Zoo, and several other historical landmarks. Washington D.C. has a little bit of something for everyone, and you can purchase tickets to the museums in advance to help minimize costs. The city also provides numerous walking tours for free too.
You may think that Las Vegas is where you would go to throw money away, but it offers some surprisingly cheap entertainment and accommodations for families. Families can stay at certain hotels, such as Circus Circus, for under $70 a night and have access to the numerous family activities and shows within the hotel. There are also several places around town where families can experience great dining for under $10 a person, and enjoy free entertainment such as the Bellagio fountain show.
New York City has a reputation of being a costly city, but during the summer it provides families with great sightseeing and dining for a relatively low cost. RivertoRiver, the city’s largest summer arts festival, occurs during the summer and is located near the Financial District which often boasts cheaper weekend fairs because business travelers aren’t flocking to the area. There are also several other inexpensive activities around the city including Staten Island Ferry rides to see the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Prospect Park.
Although San Francisco is known as one of the costliest cities in the nation, you can easily visit the city on a budget and the best way to do so is by staying just outside the city. By booking a hotel on the outskirts of the city, you are able to have easy access to local wineries, and San Francisco favorites including Fisherman’s Wharf, Jack London Square, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. If you are feeling truly adventurous, you can even park the car and walk the Golden Gate Bridge.