Budget-friendly Weekend Trips for Your Family | HomeFirst

Budget-friendly Weekend Trips for Your Family

As the economy continues to recover from the 2008 recession, families are saving up more money for weekend getaways. One vacation, however, shouldn’t empty your bank account.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on airplane tickets for your entire family, try one of the following budget-friendly weekend trips:

Go Camping

Camping is one of the best vacation experiences a family could have.

Regardless of where you live in the United States, there is always a quality campground within a few minutes drive from your home. Head to the store first to stock up on any camping gear that you may need, such as tents, sleeping bags, a propane stove, cooking and eating utensils, food and clothing.

Besides spending a minimal amount of money on camping gear, you’ll likely pay a small fee to use the campground. The cash you spend for a weekend camping trip is nothing compared to what you’d fork over for expensive plane tickets and hotel rooms.

Head to the Snow

Finding a ski resort may be a bit difficult for some residents who purchased manufactured homes in warmer parts of the country, however, a day’s worth of driving is all you need to hit the slopes.

If you plan on taking your family to the snow over the weekend, make sure to embark on your journey during the off season. Ski resorts often charge outrageous prices for hotel rooms and lift tickets during the New Years and Christmas holidays. During the off season, you will be able to take advantage of some deeply discounted hotel rooms and ski equipment rental rates.

Before you leave, make sure you purchase some snow chains. A quality pair can be picked up for less than $100.

Rent a Beach House

Depending on where you purchased your manufactured home, there may be an affordable beach house close by for rent.

Beach houses offer the perfect way for families to spend quality time under the sun. Beach houses can normally be rented for an affordable weekend rate. Make sure you choose one that isn’t too far away from your home so you don’t spend too much money on gas. Purchase all of your food ahead of time so you won’t have to make multiple trips into town.

Along with the food items you purchase, head to a store that’s located near your beach rental. They will likely have the items you’ll need to keep your children happy when they’re playing in the sand.

Hit the Big City

Nothing says excitement like the big city. If you live near one of the major metropolitan areas in the United States, drive into the city for a weekend of excitement. If you search hard enough, you’ll likely find hotel rooms that can be rented for deeply discounted rates. If you’re traveling on a really small budget, take the family to the local museum and buy a map that indicates the location of every major free attraction that the city has to offer.

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