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USA On A Budget

By Ruby Tibbs

In the current economic situation, with many people are trying to get away, more people are planning cheap US vacations. Although it’s easy to overspend, it’s also simpler than you’d imagine to create and stick to a budget when you’re on vacation. Here are four ideas to consider when planning your cheap US vacations.

Despite the gloomy economy, going on a fun holiday is still possible with these budget travel USA tips. There are numerous ways in which you can save money and still have the time of your life. Here are some tips on how to plan that budget getaway.

Airfare can be extremely expensive, especially when it is a vacation for the whole family. Apart from the sheer cost of the tickets, there are other extras that you have to take into account like extra baggage fees. If you are driving, it’s just a matter of loading everything into the car, filling up the tank and heading out. The drive itself can also be a great opportunity for the whole family to interact and talk. With the right attitude and the right planning, travelling in the USA promises the experience of a lifetime.

2. Head off the beaten track and stay out of the theme parks. Sure, kids love amusement parks, whether it’s the traditional favourite, Disneyland or some fancy new park. They promise a day of fun for the whole family but unfortunately it comes at a very steep cost. Entrance tickets can add up to a lot and one you are inside all the extras quickly add up to a whole lot more.

Form ridiculous parking fees to overpriced snacks and souvenirs, a trip to an amusement park can certainly break the bank. They are definitely not a part of a budget travel USA plan. So, instead of a theme park, why not head off the beaten track and go to a national park. You could camp or rent a cabin and be one with nature. The best part is that it will not cost all that much.

3. Timeshare vacations are another good way to have a low cost holiday. You can find timeshare resorts sprinkled throughout the continental US and the whole world. Many times you can book a timeshare at a surprisingly lower cost than a hotel. These resorts also allow and you to stay and “try out” the resort as an alternative to attending a 60-90 minute sales “pitch”. You don’t have to compromise on quality however with most resorts offering top notch facilities which include pools, spas and often golf or tennis lawns.

4. Rough It. Although some people think that any vacation where you don’t stay at a “Hilton” is roughing it, one of my family’s favorite cheap US vacations is to pack up sleeping bags, a tent, ice chest and go camping. We choose a nearby area (within our “one tank of gas” rule) and drive to a campground. Although we have gone camping in areas that are not state or nationally designated campgrounds, we appreciate the rather limited facilities that are provided such as running water, firepits and, yes, outhouses. Our family loves hiking the trails and sitting around the campfire at night and in the morning.

You may not any longer be able to spend grandly on a holiday, but cheap US vacations, ensure that you have all the fun at a much lesser price. A little money and a lot of imagination is all it takes to have a vacation of a lifetime.

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