We love to travel as a family. We have partnered with coupons.com to bring you budget travel tips and a special Giveaway! All opinions are my own.
We all want to get away for a family vacation without breaking the bank. Whether you are on a tight budget or looking to stretch your travel funds to travel more often, we have a few tips to help you save money on travel and have the vacation you always wanted.
Budget Travel Tips for Families
Travel in the off season
Many travel destinations offer seasonal pricing and by booking a stay out of season, you can save money. For example, Colorado is popular for winter skiing, but their summers are beautiful and a great time to visit. Plus it is cheaper during the summer, outside of the winter skiing season. Traveling during the week may also save you a little money as weekends tend to be a higher daily rate.
Travel by car
Traveling by car can be the best value for families. For the cost of a tank of gas, you can visit a wide variety of places that everyone will enjoy.
Book lodging with a full kitchen
One of the biggest ways to save money is to prepare your own meals instead of going out to eat. When on vacation, look for hotels that offer a full kitchen. Plan. to cook several meals in your room and save a lot of money. On a 10 day trip to Florida a few years ago, we estimated that we saved about $600 doing this.
Save on luggage fees by packing light
Many airlines now charge baggage fees. Packing light reduces those fees and helps stream line your packing process. If you are vacationing for an extended period, an onsite guest laundry is a great option.
When we vacation, we always plan on doing laundry at least once while we are gone. With active boys, staying clean isn’t an easy feat and it’s easier to plan on washing clothes.
Extended Stay America is the perfect place for families to stay, specially when on a long trip. They have over 700 family and pet friendly locations in the United States and Canada.
Rooms feature a fully-equipped kitchen; stove, microwave, and refrigerator, and on-site guest laundry.
To help you save more money while you travel, they also offer free WiFi and free Grab and Go Breakfast. Whether you are staying for a weekend, a week, or longer, they have what you need for a comfortable stay that keeps you on budget.
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18% off 1-29 nights offer good for one reservation booked on ExtendedStayAmerica.com by 2/21/17, with a check-out date on or before 6/30/17. Discount applied at hotel upon check-out. Reservations based on availability. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or negotiated or special rate, including but not limited to Advanced Purchase. Valid only on original reservations. Discounts do not apply to extensions/modifications. Cannot be applied to reservations already booked. Only one promotion discount per thirty days can be used by the same guest at the same hotel location. Offer valid only at Extended Stay America hotels.
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Giveaway begins 12:00am EST on February 7th and will end at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, March 7th.
Giveaway Disclaimer: Offer good for one reservation booked online by 3/31/17, with a departure/check-out date on or before 6/30/17. The two free nights must be used within the same stay, and any unused free nights will be forfeited. The lowest-rated two nights within your stay will be deducted from your bill upon check-out. Reservations are based on availability and must be made online at ESA.com. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or special rate, including Advanced Purchase. Valid only on original reservations and not on any reservation extensions. Offer is non-transferable, non-cancelable and not redeemable for cash or credit. Offer not valid on current or pending reservations. Offer valid only at Extended Stay America brand hotels.