Whether you or your spouse lost hours at work, or money just got tight, you can still afford to take a trip together or head off on a family vacation with the kids. The cost of your trip varies based on where you stay and when you depart, but you might find that a trip to a popular amusement park can set you back a few thousand dollars. There are a few ways that you can save and end your trip with more money leftover.
Timeshares sometimes get a bad reputation but timeshares do have some great benefits. When you invest in a timeshare, you pay a set fee. The company then lets you spend two or more days and nights at one of its timeshares. You can stay right in the heart or Orlando, in a villa that overlooks the ocean or in almost any major city or country. Some timeshares let you purchase additional points that you can use when staying in a timeshare other than the one you bought. You can save even more money when you cook some of your meals in your timeshare instead of eating out.
Package trips, also known as bundle trips and bundle vacations, let you pay one low fee for almost everything you need. Instead of booking a flight, paying for a hotel room and then purchasing tickets for amusement parks and other attractions, you bundle everything together for a lower fee than you would otherwise pay. Some companies will even let you put your travel arrangements on layaway. You put down a percentage of the total amount due when you buy the package, and you make smaller payments throughout the year to pay off the balance due.
Travel clubs are similar to timeshare organizations. The main difference is that instead of buying a stay in a specific timeshare, you buy points that you can use at any resort that belongs to that club. Your points reset at the beginning of each new year. Staying in each resort costs a different number of points, and you can add more points to your account when needed. Visit sites like the Bluegreen Resorts wiki to learn more about travel clubs and whether joining a club is the right fit for you and your family.
If you truly want to save on a family vacation, consider booking a few days or a week in a state park. A state park offers plenty of activities for the whole family. You can swim, fish and boat in the lake or river, hike through the mountains and look for birds and other wild animals. Some state parks offer additional activities, including horseback riding, nature trails and museums. Even if you don't have a camper or a tent and camping equipment, you can still enjoy a vacation at a state park. Most parks have cabin rentals available that come with air conditioning, indoor bathrooms, kitchens and one or more bedrooms.
Family vacations shouldn't cost thousands of dollars, but you might find yourself spending that much or more on a summer vacation. With travel clubs, timeshares, package trips and vacations to state parks, you can find more affordable options for you and your loved ones.