Family holidaying within a Budget
There is nothing like a family vacation. It is the perfect moment to create memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime. However, if your family is facing debt issues like a pending mortgage debt, you may be thinking twice about going on a family vacation, and quite rightly so. Debt should not be taken lightly. However, that should not completely stop you from going on a family vacation.
All you need to do is ensure that it is budgeted right.
Pick an Affordable Place
What’s the best way to ensure the vacation is within your holiday budget? Pick a place that you can afford. For example, flying to France is definitely a non-option. Booking tickets for your family on the flight itself would be an expensive option.
So pick a place that your family can afford to go to. You want to pick a place that is nearby and that will bring down your costs immediately.
Edmonton has many national parks near by that make for a great family vacation.
Don’t go By Car
You’re thinking of going by car? Of course, you’re thinking of going by car! Traveling to a vacation spot in your own vehicle is convenient and you don’t have to worry about losing your luggage. However, you will have to spend for fuel and ensure that the vehicle is functioning and does not break down. And if the vehicle does break down, you are looking at some serious costs of towing and getting it repaired.
Canada has an adequate transport system. If an area is not connected by rail, it is connected by bus. By utilizing public transport, you can save a significant amount of money if the family car has issues and you don’t have long hours at the wheel driving.
Place to Stay
Getting a roof over your family’s head will be a significant part of your holiday budget. If you are staying in a hotel, try and stay in a single room rather than renting separate rooms for the kids and adults. It may be a little cramped, but if you’re going to spend the whole day sightseeing, then the whole family staying in a single room is workable.
Avoid Tourism Packages
Tourism packages by travel agents offer a hassle free way of setting up a family vacation. The planning is taken off your hands. However, the downside is that tourism packages have hiked prices. With a little bit of effort, you can plan your own family vacation and save quite a bit of cash. This brings us to the next and final point.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Advanced planning can significantly reduce your bill. Which is the best and cheapest place to stay in? What’s the best mode of transportation to go around for sightseeing? Most affordable places to eat?
Advance planning will highlight the best spots and ensure time is most used efficiently at the family vacation.
Debt is a serious problem and should not be ignored. Debt counseling is a way you can get some assistance to control it. And, you should not let debt stop you from creating loving memories of your family.