When you think of your dream vacation, what does it look like? White sand beaches? Snowy mountain ranges? Maybe even a tour through wine country? Is it just you and your spouse, or will the kids be along for the ride? If your kids join you, then this dream vacation will be you and your family spending time in the place you’ve always wanted to go – and how amazing would that be?
Family vacations aren’t always easy to plan for, especially when it comes to finances; however, these tips can give you a good head start.
Open a Vacation Bank Account
You may already have multiple bank accounts, so what’s one more? By opening a vacation bank account, you’ll know your family is putting a certain amount of money in it each month that will only be used for vacation purposes. Whether it be for airfare, gas, or food, this account should only be used for the family vacation and nothing else.
Create a Chore Chart for the Children
Creating a chore chart can be a fun and useful way for your kids to get excited about their vacation. The money earned can either be put toward the family vacation fund or used for souvenirs. The more chores they do, the more money they get to spend on mementos from their trip. Money is a huge motivator, even for children.
Have a Yard Sale
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the chore chart. Everyone in the family can go through their belongings and see what they don’t want or need anymore. Once you’ve collected a few piles, you can have a yard sale to raise a little bit more money for your trip. This also allows for great family bonding time, and you can even plan ahead to determine what the raised money will go toward.
Buy a Pass Option
Depending on where your vacation is, there will almost always be a few tours you can participate in. If you do a little research ahead of time and figure out what there is to see and the total cost, then selecting a pass option will save you time and money in the long run. It will also allow you to see more things than you would have if you’d paid for it all individually.
By taking these steps to save money before your trip, you won’t have to worry about using your “everyday money” on your vacation. You can rest, relax, and enjoy the whole experience with your family – and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Amanda Daily is a freelance writer