It is day one of spring break. What am I going to do with the kids. How will I balance work with fun this week? This should be fun. I have to say I had plans and then realized we were a week off. That means today we do not have any fans. I am hopeful the weather holds up. I have out my Fun with the Family Virginia, 8th: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids (Fun with the Family Series). I think having a book with all the items in your state helps when plans fall through. You never know what is in your area for you to take part in. Today we are going to go on a walk and then to the playground. We are going to bring our bubble and have a wonderful picnic. This morning we are going to make some muffins for our lunch. I am hopeful this morning out will yield long naps so I can accomplish being a good mom and my other job.
What are you or have you done for spring break?
Traveling is something we do for fun, but it can also be good for your sanity. When you are young and have a lot of expendable income, it’s easy to fit into your life, but as you get older and your family grows, travel expenses multiply. While you make more than you did (hopefully), you also have bills and obligations that might make budgets tight. You have some extra money, but you don’t feel like it’s enough to go anywhere. Maybe you take weekend trips, go camping or just stay home, because you just can’t see how you can stretch your dollars to take a real vacation. Fortunately, there are so many things you can do that can save you money and also make traveling less expensive, especially when you have small children or even a larger family. Here are five family vacation travel tips to help you make your money go further.
Rent a house, apartment or condo. Hotels charge extra for more than two guests, but they sure don’t give you more room for your money. If you plan to stay at your destination for a week – or even more – a vacation rental can be highly economical and even less than a hotel room, plus you get more room, furniture to sit on beyond a bed and the comforts of home, like Internet access, cable, a kitchen and, many times, laundry facilities. You don’t have to spend your time cramped together in a small room, you have a place if you need to have nap-time in the middle of the day, you won’t have to worry about maid service, and generally you aren’t surrounded by other tourists, making your stay more quiet and comfortable. Check out websites like FlipKey (from TripAdvisor) and HomeAway for huge, reasonably priced selections.Continue reading