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Family Travel Deals

familytravel9When many of us were kids, “family travel” meant piling everyone into the van with a tent and heading to a campground for a few days, hitting a National Park or two during summer break, or maybe spending some time at the closest beach each year. The concept of “family travel” has evolved quite a bit in the last few decades to include different kinds of trips – and, therefore, different kinds of families.

One thing that’s stayed the same, however, is that taking a whole family on a trip is more expensive than when you backpacked solo around Europe or did that college road-trip with your buddies, if for no other reason than you’ve got more people to think about – which translates into more airline tickets, more hotel beds, and more meals to buy. That, in turn, means it’s even more important to hunt for travel deals when you’re booking family trips.

We’ve posted a series of articles on this site recently that we think will help you plan a family trip without breaking the bank. You can consider this the “table of contents” to those articles, as they’re all linked below so you can find them easily.

Finding Adventure Travel Deals for Families

familytravel12The words “adventure travel” might conjure up ideas for trips that you wouldn’t think would be very family-friendly, but there are definitely family adventure trips that are great for all ages. Of course, you know your family best, and will be the best judge of what activities your kids will be able to handle or how interested your family will be in any given activity. But the good news is that there’s a huge variety in the kinds of family adventure trips that are out there for you to choose from – and the definition of “adventure” is pretty broad, too.

For some people, a trip might not be an adventure trip if it didn’t include sleeping in a tent, peeing in the woods, or buying specialty gear for things like absailing or hang gliding. But luckily for traveling families, the definition of “adventure trip” can also include activities like day-hikes, cycling tours, guided rafting trips, and ski trips – and many more family-friendly activities besides that.

Finding family adventure travel deals can be as simple as booking a cheap family adventure vacation package trip or as complicated as doing all the research yourself and booking everything you need separately. The former is far easier and typically comes with on-the-ground support, and the latter offers a great deal more flexibility. Which option is right for you is something only you can decide – but here are some things to think about.

Family Cruise Deals: What to Consider

familytravel11Family vacation planning can be a challenge – with all the components you need to factor in, the different age groups you need to keep entertained, the disparate interests inherent in any family group, and the expense that seems to go up exponentially, it’s no wonder that package trips are so popular for traveling families. For those of you who prefer the idea of visiting more than one location during your vacation – but who don’t want to pack and unpack constantly or schlep an entire family’s worth of luggage from hotel to hotel – then a family cruise is a great option to consider.

Family cruises offer many of the same perks as an all-inclusive package trip – namely the idea of paying for many of the elements of your trip up front – and they have the added bonus of being floating hotels that transport you and your family to a new destination every day. You get to explore several places in one trip and you only unpack once.

Brilliant.

Here are some of the things you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re looking for a family cruise deal to make sure that you’re getting a good deal and that a cruise vacation is the right choice for your family.

All Inclusive Family Package Travel Deals: What to Consider

familytravel8While some people consider travel planning to be half the fun of travel, if you’re planning a trip for a family group it’s often that much nicer when you can get things done more quickly and with fewer steps. It’s not a research project you’re always looking for, after all – sometimes you really just want a vacation. Which is one of the many reasons all-inclusive package trips are so popular for family travel.

But it’s important to remember that just because a package trip calls itself “all-inclusive” doesn’t mean it will be cheap, or even that everything is included! When you’re hunting for all-inclusive family package travel deals, you need to make sure you know what the details are before you get too excited or hit the “buy” button. Here are some of the things to look for when you’re considering all-inclusive family package trips.

How to Find Cheap Airfare for Family Travel

familytravel6You’ll often see articles about how to find cheap airfare – including on this site – that say it’s important to cut the cost of your airline ticket because it’s almost always the most expensive part of your travel budget. Never is that more true than when you’re planning family travel – because you’re multiplying the cost of a trip by the number of people in your family. Rather than limit yourself to destinations you can get to by driving, however, let’s look at some ways to find cheap airfare for family groups.

Some of the tips listed below are general travel tips that will help you save money on airfare, but others are tips specifically meant to help you save on airfare for family travel.

The Baltimore Winter Waterfront Pass

downtown1b-2.jpgRemember when Baltimore, Maryland was just about the only city in the United States trying to make its downtown area a desirable place to visit? I sure do. My parents dragged me there all the time and made sure to tell me all about the city’s urban planning revival over and over and over again.

I have a greater appreciation for this nowadays as cities across the United States follow Baltimore’s lead through downtown revitalization projects. Even after all these years, Baltimore is still a cool place to visit, especially for families looking for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway.

The Baltimore Winter Waterfront Pass provides admission to four of the city’s most popular attractions, all perfect for a winter weekend of exploration, including access to the National Aquarium in Baltimore; Maryland Science Center; Port Discovery, the Children’s Museum in Baltimore and Top of the World Observation Deck. The Baltimore Winter Waterfront Pass is $39 for adults (25 percent savings off retail) and $29 for children (21 percent savings off retail) and is valid for 30 days from first use or until March 31, 2007.

Get yourself to the city and see what it is all about. If nothing else you will be able to munch on some wonderful Maryland crab cakes and to bore your own kids with talk of urban planning.

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