Planning a family vacation can be pretty difficult when you’re on a tight budget. However, there are a ton of great family vacation spots that are great for tight budgets located all across the United States and the world! Each one of these places has a unique experience for every family, no matter what you’re looking to do.
One of the biggest reasons people have for not traveling as a family, especially with young children, is that family travel is so expensive. “I’d love to go on a family vacation but we just can’t afford it,” is something I hear frequently. I completely understand the sentiment and frustration behind it but I’m here to tell you that family travel on a budget IS possible.
In fact, there are inexpensive family vacation spots all around the world, from the US to Asia to Europe and everywhere in between. There are even places in the world where you can travel on $30 per person, per day if you stay in basic accommodation, use local transportation, and stay away from tourist attractions.
However, not everyone wants to travel on an ultimate shoestring budget so the inexpensive family vacation spots I’ve included in this list are places where you can find affordable hotels and lots of free things to do as a family. When it comes to family travel on a budget, I find accommodation and activities to be the two most budget-destroying things so being somewhere with lots of free activities is important.
Another important thing to consider when looking at inexpensive family vacation spots is how expensive it is to GET there. A $1000 flight can quickly make a super budget destination very expensive while a cheap flight can make a slightly more expensive city an affordable trip. It all depends on where you’re beginning your trip and is something that will impact whether or not each of these destinations is an affordable family destination for your family. We use skyscanner’s anywhere feature to find the cheapest flights to a variety of destinations during our preferred time of travel.
As you can see, there are a bunch of great places to visit even when you’re on a tight budget. While there are a lot of pricey things to do in each of these cities, there is still a bunch of family-friendly fun for those on a budget.
Whether you want to stay near home or head abroad, family travel on a budget IS possible! Don’t let your belief that family travel must break the bank keep you at home.