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! First off though you’ll want to make sure your car is prepared for summer travel since most likely that will be your method of transport if you’re trying to keep your summer traveling budget-friendly.
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We’re not the kind of family that gets to hop on a plane every year and go on a big vacation. Truth be told, we’re finally taking the kids to Disneyland this year. This will be our first big vacation in 18 years! So believe me, I know what it’s like to have to find summer travel on a budget.
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 is a great way to get away, wouldn’t you agree?
We recently discovered a park in our town that has a beautiful forest setting that includes a creek running right 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 yourself, you never know what secret spots you might be able to uncover in your town. Just make sure you have on a good pair of hiking boots or walking shoes (depending on the terrain ) should you decide to go hiking.
The beach is our absolute favorite place to take the family. Fortunately we’re blessed to live only 45 minutes away from our favorite beach in Lincoln City. 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 Outlet Stores, including my favorite place to get handbags Wilson’s Leather. By the way, you can Save on Women’s Handbags and Accessories at Wilsons Leather as they regularly run super good sales. I’m talking I scored a $200 handbag for $39.95, no joke! 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. Be sure to pack your summer essentials for your next trip to the beach.
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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.
My kids love going to our local Farmer’s Market, even though we’re not traveling far it’s still a fun way to get out of the house. 20 bucks usually gets us some fresh fruits and veggies and a cold drink or sometimes even a pie!
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!
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