November 2, 2009
Who says you need a lot of money to travel? To have adventure and experience nature's beauty?
One of our family goals is to experience natural beauty and adventure and to encourage other families to do the same. But a real barrier for people is the cost of accommodations and simply getting from point A to B with children. After all, you need a van with a monthly payment when you have kids. Don't you??
You'll have to forgive my sarcasm I just get so very tired of the pervasive and destructive North American belief that a small to mid-sized family requires a large vehicle with a large trunk, large gas tank and large price tag.
Cost is a real travel concern so let me share something with you; our family took 5 separate trips this past summer with a budget of $500 ($100/trip).
I don't like to talk hard cash very often because people squirm at the mention of money and what's cheap to some is expensive for others and I don't like the comparison game. But as far as our family is concerned 3-4 nights away from home in a beautiful place for 100 bucks total for 5 people is a good deal.
Accommodations, food & gas - what else is there? We go places to experience the natural beauty so we don't spend money on touristy type things except for the occasional soda or latte.
While we're on the subject of going places with children I'd like to point you to Damien's latest article, Going Light.
Going light for us means having adventures with our 3 children in our 16 year old car, taking only what we need and teaching our kids you don't need a bunch of stuff to enjoy life. Really, you don't (except maybe a good tent and a nice camera).
The next travel adventure we are planning is a trip after Christmas that involves CouchSurfing and hostel stays. I can't wait. I'll also add this; you are welcome to stay in our home or pitch your tent in our back yard if you are traveling to Maine. We won't even charge you a $20 site fee!What about you? How does your family travel on the cheap? Please share so we can learn from each other.
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