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1. Welcome, lone traveler from Ashburn!
Here under Budget, you will find all the necessary information and advice how to save your money and how to spend your dream trip for budget you intended it .
If you have figured out how much your budget is, you can easily choose your vacation options.
Want to visit a city?
Go back to a favorite park?
Prefer to ski?
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Just being a tourist in your own city might be a good, inexpensive vacation option, as is staying with friends. Think about staying one or two nights with a friend, and then opt for a hotel room for the next few evenings. Or think about joining your mother father or partner on a business meeting they may have to attend; as at least one airfare will already be covered.
As you are doing your research, think creatively!
You may want to stay in an all-inclusive resort, so you know up front how much you are spending and do not have to worry about hidden extras. If you can pay $3,000 per week (food, taxes, activities, cabin costs) and knowing you will not go over that, that might be a good solution. Or join a family-run resort where you pay for almost everything in advance.
You should buy only what you may need. You may end up staying at a resort with facilities you are paying for but will never use. Many family hotels and resorts may offer you many services, such as Holiday Inn, Radisson, and Hyatt. Some will offer large discounts (25% to 50%) off a second (next) room, along with other facilities such as baby proofing, and a selection of children's activities. In some hotels, every room comes complete with bunk beds, Nintendo, TV, and games.
Be money savvy when choosing accommodations !
Staying at a hotel or motel, which is two blocks away from the beach instead on the beach, will save you some money, as will taking into consideration a rental house. Any room with a kitchen will allow you to save on restaurants, by making some meals yourself instead of eating out three times a day.
Always ask for discounts!
Do not forget to mention if you are a member of AAA or another organization that offers occasional discounts.
If you want to stay somewhere really inexpensive, let's say $15 to $50 a night, reflect on a hostel. They are no longer catering exclusively to the backpackers and many are family-friendly.
Camping is inexpensive option.
Think also about transportation. Taking a train can bring nice adventure. Do not forget to consider the age and tiredness factor of your children. Some parents find it is worth paying for a nonstop flight for less stress.
Ask questions before you book!
Then you are not surprised by hidden costs. For instance some resorts charge extra for the kid's program even at $20 per day.
Be flexible with your travel plans
Everyone wants to stay over Saturday night, but if you can go Wednesday to Tuesday or Monday to Thursday, that helps, because these are often less-traveled days. If you can, think about traveling off-season. Consider going hiking or camping at a destination that is primarily a ski resort.
You will generally find less crowds and less expensive airfares if your kids are not yet in school, you can avoid hit the highest point of travel by traveling when other people's kids are in school.
Most important thing is shopping around!
Here is where the web comes in. It is important to do research online if you would like to choose for you the best accommodation and vacation. It is good to compare, have some choices and possibilities to decide what the best is for our children. Surfing the internet is one of the most popular ways to find lots of information. Many sites make it easy by giving descriptions and offering departing and arriving cities, so you can easily find out ticket prices. It is also worth checking out the travel guidebook sites. Another method are travel agents, travel guidebooks, and local Sunday newspaper!