The thought of putting out a post on summer travel was quite intimidating to me. After all, it’s hard to think of places you can go when you don’t have big bucks to spend! My family hasn’t been on a real vacation in…let’s see, since my youngest two daughters were born, NEVER! (Our quick trip to Disneyland was when my oldest two were very young. You can read a little more about that vacation here.) Well unless you count our endless trips to the Oregon coast, but I’m talking going somewhere that we either have to get on a plane or travel more than 45 minutes away.
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We’re not the kind of family that gets to hop on a plane on a whim and travel to Disney every year. (YET!) 🙂 When you’re on a tight budget, just where are you supposed to go in the summer anyway?
Here are a few places we like to go that keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank.
The Nearest Lake
Believe it or not you can probably rent a boat at your favorite lake for a reasonable price. I checked on boats for my family of 6 and found that we could get one for under $100 a day (depending on the kind you want, they did have more expensive ones also). Spending a day on the lake isn’t a bad way to not take a vacation, wouldn’t you agree?
We recently discovered a park in our town that is actually a forest setting. A creek even runs through it! It’s almost like it’s been forgotten in time, with old benches and water fountains covered in moss. We took our girls hiking there and they loved it! Do a little research, you never know what you might be able to uncover in your town!
As I mentioned, the beach is our favorite place to take the family. We love it because along with playing on the beach, there are a variety of different things to do there. We usually visit the Arcade and spend about $40 playing games. We also hit the Factory Outlet Mall, even if we don’t have a ton of cash to spend it’s fun to look around. And of course we hit our favorite place to eat, Gallucci’s Pizzeria.
The Next Town Over
Exploring your area without going too far is a fun way to get out of the house while staying close to home. Travel to the next town over and check out their shops, restaurants, and events. Just spending a day strolling down main street and visiting the shops can be a lot of fun!
Local Fairs, Carnivals and Farmer’s Markets
Wherever you live, I’m sure there are either County or State Fairs, Carnivals, or Farmer’s Markets that you can take the family to. Although you definitely can spend big bucks here, it’s not necessary. Just know what you have to spend ahead of time and stick to your budget.
There you have it! I hope these 5 Places You Can Go When You Don’t Have Big Bucks to Spend have given you some good ideas to plan your own summer travel. Let me know where you plan on going in the comments!