How to Take your Family on Vacation with Limited Funds

Do you want to take a family vacation but cannot afford it? You should consider other ways of raising money for your vacation. If your earnings are not enough, there are plenty of other ways to earn money or save on cash. Before you begin the process, consider online money raising ideas to explore options for staying focused and organized.

Family on Vacation

Raise money
You can raise some extra money by doing the following:

Part time jobs – if you have extra time, you should consider taking a part time job and save the money for your family vacation. Even $250 a week can contribute to your vacation stash and make a big difference. Your kids can take babysitting jobs if they want to help you raise money faster.

Save on transportation costs – according to AAA, the average cost of operating a car is sixty cents per mile. If you use other means of transport and start leaving your car at home, you will save money.

Eat at home – does your family enjoy eating out every other day? If you buy groceries and cook your own food instead of going to a restaurant, you could save up to $100 per week.

Have a garage sale – if you come up short, you should reduce the clutter in your home and have a garage sale to make some extra cash. You do not need your old couch or bed anymore; sell them and create more space in your home.

Cash-in credit card point – you can reduce the cost of hotel stays and airfare by using a mileage credit card to pay for your items. This can help your family to get at least three nights of free lodging or one airfare.

Gamble – although this is not the best way to earn money, especially for gambling addicts, you should try your luck. However, you should only use a small stake when gambling to avoid losing money that you cannot afford to lose. Casino coupons are a great option if you are looking to save money.

Deciding where to go
Once you resolve your money problem, you only have to worry about the accommodations and destination – these two subjects usually go together. When it comes to picking a destination, the place that you choose depends on the people you know. You should pick a place that will accommodate you and your family at little to no cost.

In fact, if you are on a budget, you should consider living with a relative for the duration of your vacation. However, you should not just show up at your relative’s door without notifying them – that is the fastest way to strain your relationships.

Home exchange program
If you do not have any relatives near your dream destination, you should consider exchanging homes with another person: for instance, if you have a house in the North, someone from the West might be willing to swap homes with you for a week or so. You can meet people who want to exchange homes on websites which exist for that sole reason.

The best thing about this arrangement is that you not only get to save on hotel expenses but also eating costs. Since you will be living in a house, you can make your own food and avoid the expense of eating in restaurants.

If you can, you should drive to your destination, as it would be cheaper than flying. Do you own a hybrid? This plan can work because you will use less money on fuel. If you must stay in a hotel, make sure that you find one that provides free breakfast. When flying, make sure that you do it on a Wednesday or Tuesday when fares are much cheaper.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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