Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Simple Tips for Budget Travel

My blog readers know about my traveling addiction. I'm getting asked "How do you to it?" almost daily. Frankly, I love it when people ask.

The truth is that budget travel isn't as hard as you might think. With enough advance planning almost any family can take a vacation. A budget vacation can be as simple as pitching a tent on a free spot at the lake or as elaborate as a cross country trip. The main thing about budget travel is to look at what your family enjoys doing and go from there.

You can find some great sites on the internet that will help you save money. An article I wrote for Factoidz outlines my favorite simple tips for budget travel.

When looking for budget travel accommodations state parks are at the top of my list. They are inexpensive and clean. In addition to campgrounds and spots for RVs or campers many state parks have cabins available for rent.

Zoos, parks and aquariums often reciprocate with each other. This means that a membership at one zoo or aquarium may be good at another. We joined our local zoo one year just to save on entrance fees at other zoos. This turned out to be one of the best vacations my family ever had.

AAA memberships can save you money on motels. Did you know that a Sam's Wholesale Club membership can help you save too? So can being a teacher or other state or government employee. Showing your ARRP card can mean the difference between budget travel and high cost.

And dont forget staycations. This is where you stay home and enjoy the local activities that your town offers. A staycation is often the most inexpensive form of budget travel that there is.