Families don't want to give up their summer vacations, even when money's tight; but they do look for cheaper summer getaways. Find ideas below.
- Updated July 2014
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Want to plan a budget-friendly summer vacation? These tried-and-tested tips can deliver significant savings on your family vacation.
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Looking for a great deal on your family summer vacation? Here’s a selection of money-saving special offers and fun family packages for summer vacation 2014 in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This page is updated regularly, so come back often.
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Which destinations are offering particularly good value for this summer compared with last summer? Here is a ranking of 20 US destinations where the average hotel room price dropped by the largest percentage, according to Priceline data.
National Park Service
Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.
Opting for a vacation rental rather than a hotel can be an affordable choice for many families, as you often get more space and home-like conveniences for less money. Here are just some of the many unique and family-friendly properties listed on HomeAway where you can stay for less than $200 a night:
Ohio State Parks
Looking for an affordable Midwest beach getaway this summer? A stay at one of the
Ohio State Park Lodges might be just the ticket. Located in parks throughout the central and northern regions of the Buckeye State, the lodges offer a surprising array of beach experiences on lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
It's that time of year again when resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico are holding their fire sales. Beach resorts in these regions are already looking ahead to their slow season in the late summer and fall and promoting what are typically the best deals of the year. If you've got school-age kids, aim for an August getaway. If your kids are preschoolers or younger, consider traveling after Labor Day, when deals can be even better and crowds will likely be smaller, too.
Scoring vacation digs in Maui doesn't have to break the bank. Opting for a vacation rental rather than a hotel can be a money-savvy option in a destination where vacation homes and condos are so plentiful.