Don’t Break the Budget While on Vacation

BY: - 3 Jun '14 | Travel

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Vacations are a favorite summer activity for everyone.  To enjoy a really nice vacation to a destination that the entire family wants to visit can sometimes take 6 months to a year of planning and saving. What happens when you are actually on vacation?  Over spending!  A lot of families and travelers in general tend to spend the money they saved from planning a vacation and then some while vacationing.  We have a few fabulous tips that will help ensure that you don’t break the budget while on vacation.

Here are our top 5 on-vacation budget savers…

  1. Avoid costly cab rides and car rental fees.  Choose your resorts and hotels wisely my friends. (lol)  Eliminate cab/car rental fees by picking a resort/hotel that offers free shuttle service to and from the airport.  If you are visiting a major theme park on vacation (i.e. Disney World), pick a resort that offers free shuttle service to and from the park.
  2. Don’t travel hungry!  You know the old adage…Don’t go grocery shopping hungry because you’ll buy a lot of unnecessary junk.  Same principle applies on vacation. Don’t arrive at the theme park hungry.  You and your kids will want everything in sight from funnel cakes to pizza.  If a rental car is part of your vacation package, pack a cooler filled with water and family favorite drinks.  Also take your favorite snacks along in convenient travel sizes.
  3. Eat Budget Smart.  We all love to try new restaurants when on vacation.  But if you are traveling with kids, dining at a high end pricey restaurant is not an option.  Eat at kid friendly restaurants and family favorites that have ‘2 for’ specials.
  4. Sight-see for free!  Take advantage of the free local attractions, museums and festivals in your vacation city.
  5. Skip the souvenirs.  Does Grandma really need another refrigerator magnet, t-shirt or totebag?  Skip the souvenirs and save yourself even more money.

Remember credit cards are for emergencies.  That designer bag marked down that you found in the outlets next to your resort is not a real ‘emergency.’   (LOL)  Also remember that life continues after vacation, spend wisely friends!

Happy Travels!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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5 Important Reasons Why Children Should Travel

BY: - 4 Jun '14 | Parenting

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I remember taking my first-born on his first plane ride. He was 13 months old and I was terrified to be traveling alone with this “baby”. Of course I packed everything but the kitchen sink, just so I could be prepared for any and everything. On the way to our destination, he screamed his head off and was COMPLETELY and utterly inconsolable. On the way back, he had a bad case of diarrhea. Inevitably, the poor lil’ fella decided that he would “gift” me with an explosion that covered my lap and the bottom half of my shirt. Needless to say, I swore off traveling with my child FOREVER!

It didn’t last long because I have always loved to travel and I wanted him to go too. So, after about a year, I decided to try and put all of the memories of our first trip out of my mind. I began to think about what he/we would be missing if I held on to my fear of traveling with a toddler. I’m glad I put those feelings aside and learned from my past experiences. Now that I’m three kids in, I’m feeling like an experienced traveling mama and I can truly say that I feel that it’s super important for kids to travel. Here’s why:

Travel is education.

When I say that, I’m not referring only to the history lessons and things like the museum and sightseeing. I’m referring to the math involved – How long will it take us to get there? What is the currency exchange rate to the US dollar? Geography – What is the closest ocean? Which continent is it?

They become well-rounded.

Being able to talk about their travel experiences to others is pretty awesome! Unless they were very young, they will always remember the time they went to _________. These types of experiences stick with them for a lifetime and they will always have information to share about their travels.

They are not afraid.

The moment my son became old enough to travel unaccompanied, I was a nervous wreck. It didn’t take him long to become a very independent and confident little traveler. When children realize what it takes to move around and travel independently, it boosts their self-esteem and it creates a certain level of confidence that’s very important for them mentally and socially.

They will grow up to be travelers.

Once your kids realize that there’s so much of this exciting world that they haven’t seen, they will be hungry to explore more and more!

It’s just fun!

Who doesn’t need a break from school? I know my kids do, because we keep a strict “school week. No TV – only homework and after school activities.”  So, naturally, they want and deserve a break from the norm. No matter where your destination, it’s nice for a change in scenery. More than likely, there is lots of fun waiting for you. Don’t forget, you don’t have to travel far for your kids to have a good time!

BMWK – Can you think of any other reasons why it’s important for children to travel?

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Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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