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I love to take my kids places, but I also love to not lose my mind as a mom. Let me try stuff out and you can see what works and what’s too hard. I think you’ll love these family vacation ideas.
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Meaning of Family Travel
For us, we use family travel to bring us closer together. Usually through shared experiences. That usually means traveling to new destinations on a budget.
Family Vacation Ideas on a Budget
You can find some great deals on travel with some of the more non-traditional carriers — but, you do have to play their game — which I shared in this post on Playing the Game with Allegiant Airlines.
This post called How to budget on vacation gives you an idea of how I come up with a budget and an idea of if we have enough money for our upcoming trip.
You can learn a lot about family travel budgets in general in my post called How much should I budget for Disneyland?
Looking for souvenirs that you’ll love (and won’t hate hauling around) the best souvenirs are in this post.
Headed to Vegas? Find out my best buffets in Vegas so you don’t end up wasting your money!
And, the best budget travel is usually camping. Fees are low and you can REALLY enjoy your family with very little distraction. I was nervous for our first trip but there are a lot of great things about camping.
For us, a few companies have stood out to help us save money on vacation.
Family Travel Agency
We use Get Away Today when we book a Disney Trip — their best price guarantee makes it so I don’t need to call around. I get just what I want and can know we got the best price! Use my code CURLS10 to save an extra $10 on your upcoming visit!
They are AWESOME at travel packages.
When we’re going elsewhere I use TripAdvisor to make sure I’m getting a clean, room in a good location. I love reading their reviews!
Family Summer Vacation Ideas on a Budget
Summer gives you a little more time to stretch your legs — and we did a trip to Yellowstone that I detailed in this post: Yellowstone for Families. I won’t lie — parts of that trip were really rough, but I give some awesome tips to make your trip better than mine! 🙂
One year we also drove the western coast. I have a post on northwest coast family fun that shares everything from San Fran to Portland. And, because we lived there once — I have a special spot just for San Francisco Family Fun.
If being in your car is worrisome to you — here’s my 20 essentials for an epic car trip.
If you’re looking to travel on a budget, I have a trip calculator. It’s set-up for Disneyland, but you could easily make it work for any vacation (and it also has some of my favorite ways to book my vacation).
Family Travel Ideas
Our Family Travels
Hollywood can also be really fun while you’re there. You don’t automatically think family friendly when you think Hollywood (nor should you) but I have hunted down some awesome Family Friend Fun in Hollywood
Utah has a ton of national parks in a VERY small area. One year we did Kanab for spring break and absolutely loved it!
And, if you want to drive even further south — Tucson offers some fun family adventuers as well!
Christmas is a GREAT time to visit Southern California (as you don’t have to worry as much about snow).
Check out my post all about Disneyland at Christmas.
We’ve gotten Mitsubishi Outlander a couple of times from DriveShop — check out all the cool perks here.
What I loved about it:
- The additional 3rd row
- Compact for garage
- I love how my phone utilities come up on the car screen
- Adaptive cruise control is awesome!
Be sure to check out this video for more info
Family Vacation ideas with teenagers
We ended up planning a mid-school year trip — my best tips are in here and why we ended up doing a mid-year trip to Disneyland.
I also have a small section JUST about Disney
Favorite Family Travel Blogs:
- Justine at The Typical Mom knows her road trips!
- Ashlee Marie travels the world in search of the best food!
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