Traveling is one of the best worldly experiences we can have. You get to see new people and places and make memories with loved ones. Gathering the funds to take your family on a vacation isn’t always easy, though. Between air tickets, lodging, food, activities, and car rentals, you could be staring down a hefty bill. Fortunately, there are all sorts of inexpensive vacation options to make the trip more achievable, no matter your financial status.
Millions of people flock to parks like Yosemite every year. Vacationers can enjoy endless miles of wildlife, nature, waterfalls, trails, and more. Admission is incredibly affordable, too. A loaded car can get a seven-day pass for just $30. The park also offers shuttle services to take visitors between attractions without spending more on gas. If you come during the off season, you can see even bigger savings on lodging.
If you visit somewhere like Washington DC, you might not spend anything on attractions at all. The Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, National Mall, and Capitol Hill are all completely free. Not to mention the awesome structures and other landmarks to see while there. Like anywhere else, DC and similar cities have off-seasons where rooms are much cheaper and attractions have smaller lines.
There are other small ways to cut back on vacation costs. Buying bulk snacks for the road is usually less expensive than fast food. If you’re lodging in the same place for a week, stop at a grocery store for quick breakfast and lunch essentials and eat out for dinner only.
With a bit of preparation and dedication, you can take an unforgettable vacation for next to nothing.