When family budgets get tight one of the first things to go out the door are any yearly trips you might have taken. Just because money is tight (for pretty much everyone these days) doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your trips altogether! This is a great way for you to bond and reconnect. Everyday life is so busy, and disconnecting, making these trips all that much more important. There are affordable options out there, you just need to know where to look for ideas for inexpensive vacations for families on a budget.

Camping trips are always fun and affordable! You can camp near a lake, hiking trails–whatever activities you want to do together.

Plan a tour around your city, or one nearby. You can see your hometown area but do the touristy things that you wouldn’t have done before! End the trip with one of those mystery dinner theaters where you are trying to figure out which guest committed a murder for a fun, unique, experience.

Do you have a boat? Or does your friend/family member that you might be able to borrow one from? Or how much does it cost to rent one in your area? If you have access to a boat there are a lot of fun things you can do spending a day on the lake. One of the most fun ideas out there are towable tubes. These are inflatable tubes that you tow behind your boat that people can ride on. There are ones for one rider, or multiples up to a dozen. There are more expensive, usually bigger, ones that go up to a few thousand dollars, but there are also smaller ones that are under a hundred that are still tons of fun. The rider experiences a thrill similar to a roller coaster ride. All they have to do is hold on and have fun. Anyone not riding on the tube can ride in the boat. This is an exhilarating fun way to spend the day on the water.

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The hardest part about Aruba is which hotel you will stay at. The Wyndham Kids Klub gives kids adjoining rooms and activities, Holiday Inn’s like the Little Rascals Club program features wholesome supervised activities and the Renaissance’s “Just Us Kids” includes field trips to playgrounds, island caves, rock formations and the museum a fantastic time for your child. Children can play all day at the Hyatt Regency’s Camp Watapana with its outdoor playground and 100 different games.
Dominican Republic
Head to the DR for some family fun and a vast selection of kid-friendly resorts from the huge Casa de Campo with its equestrian center and water sports to Club Med Punta Cana’s teen lounge featuring inline skating, skateboarding and foosball. Paradisus Palma Real provides a family concierge to coordinate activities and its sister resort, Paradisus Punta Cana boasts an action park with batting cages, archery and a climbing wall.
Grand Cayman
From pirate ships to turtle farms, to ancient rock formations and scuba diving courses for eight year olds, the Cayman Islands gives kids the chance to be kids and for families to enjoy their island vacation together. Take a glass-bottom boat ride or voyage far beneath the sea in the Atlantis Submarine to get up close and personal with Cayman’s aquatic natives. The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort offers kids a bucket load of beach activities and Camp Hyatt on the Beach keeps little tykes busy all day with coconut bowling, beach games and excursions to local attractions.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Take a splash with your family at the Ritz-Carlton at Rose Hall for fun- and sun-filled days of swimming, sand castle building, water balloons, frisbee games, volleyball, junior tennis, board games and croquet. Plus, the inclusion of professional nanny services will give you a well-earned break when you need it. 
Grand Bahama
Your children may never want to come home after a week of snorkeling on the reef, horseback riding along the beach, climbing rock walls, exploring the Lucayan Caves, riding banana boats, and playing beach volleyball. The Sheraton at Our Lucaya Beach Resort. is a kid’s paradise with pool games, crafts and athletic competitions offered daily. The little ones will love the sand playground and huge kiddies’ wading pool, plus Kids’ Camp means parents can get some private time.

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