Plan Experiences with Your Family in Mind

The entire point of travel is to experience, so of course you’ll have to budget for experiences.  Plan experiences intentionally to ensure your dollars stretch as far as they can. This is a very personal decision.  What works for my family won’t necessarily work for yours, but I’ll explain how I make these decisions.  I […]

Use public transportation and your feet

Use public transportation (and your feet)

The money you spend to get to your destination isn’t the only transportation cost you’ll need to plan for.  Unless you’ll be sitting on a beach the entire time, you’ll need to plan for local transportation as well.  Fortunately, using public transportation will let you get around for a relatively small price.  We save money […]

Choosing your lodging wisely means you can stay on streets like this in Rome

Plan Your Lodging Wisely

If you plan your lodging wisely, you’ll save money and have a more enjoyable trip.  Although it’s entirely possible to spend crazy amounts of money to stay in places, it isn’t necessary.  People sometimes spend a thousand dollars a night—or more—to stay in some hotels and resorts.  If you see places like that and think […]

Get There for Less–Saving Money on Airfare

Saving money on airfare is critical.  If you’re trying to travel as inexpensively as possible, and of course that’s the whole point of this site, we have to address the 800 pound gorilla—airfares. Especially with international travel, airfare can be the largest component of your trip expenses.  Round trip tickets to Europe can top $2000 […]

Young girl pushing a sailboat with a stick in Paris. When you research your destination, you can find things to do with your kids.

Research Your Destination

Hooray!  You’ve decided where you’re going on your affordable family trip.  Now the fun begins.  Researching your destination has multiple benefits, not the least of which is giving you more time to think about your trip.  A really interesting study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life found that vacationers were happier than […]