A large family will keep things to the minimum when it comes to vacations. Expenses that come along with any vacation have always been something for me to think about before making any type of plans for a trip. This situation has made it necessary for us to think about going on specific vacations that would stretch our money as far as possible. The following cheap family vacation ideas are some of the most cost effective ones I’ve experienced, while still being fun for the whole family.
Local Lakeside Camping
Camping has always proved to be the least costly for my family to engage in. You can scout out a lake campground where fishing and swimming are good, and let your trip take it from there. We have a huge tent which sleeps all of us very well and keeps us warm at night. We usually keep our road trips local which makes camping easier and less costly too. There have been a couple of times that someone suddenly became ill and we had to high tail it back to the house with a sick child, so if you have younger kids, this sort of trip works very well.
We live in Wisconsin, where historical sites are in abundance. A couple of them are quite large and can take a couple of days to cover completely. This is where your tent will come in handy again. Scout out a nearby campground not far from the historical site and set up your camping gear there. These historical places usually are located in a small town which can also be part of the fun your family encounters on the trip.
I’ve found some nice resorts in upper Wisconsin which have very nice cabin facilities and other nearby local attractions that are situated in the small town where the cabin resort is located. I’ve created some great family memories in small town ice cream shops and other small towns where some of our cabin excursions were located. Provided you purchase your food at the local grocery store and cook it in your cabin, you’ll be well under one thousand dollars vacationing this way.
Yogi Bear Campgrounds
You can get a campground site for your own tent, or a cabin for a decent price, at any local Yogi Bear Campground facility. These are nice because you can get the camping feel along with the poolside feel should you want a little of both while keeping your cost at a minimum. My kids were especially fond of this type of thing when they were young, so if you have young kids…it’s a great option.
Source: Personal Experience