Family Vacation on a Shoestring Budget: Part One

Family Vacation on a Shoestring Budget: Part One

My family loves to travel and it’s something we value. We love seeing new places, exploring cities and towns and allowing ourselves to take in all that places have to offer. We are also on a single income and work within a budget. This is where creativity comes into play with our love to wander.

I thought I would share some things I am doing for an upcoming trip. I am by no means an expert and would love if you might share ideas and things that have worked from you.

My husband has family in Texas, who we haven’t seen in many years. He has expressed a desire to make a trip out there to see them and have them meet our kids. We have had a few expenses this year, between needing to replace carpet and a couple car repairs, so I took the challenge to keep this trip as low cost as possible.

The first leg of our trip is to San Antonio. We wanted something with a kitchen to be able to keep food costs as low as possible. We are not big on eating out and it’s nice to keep some bit of normalcy when traveling. Many hotels that have kitchens cost much more and then it’s a wash on food costs. We’ve used sites like VRBO in the past and liked renting directly from the owners. I wasn’t having much luck though and decided to explore Airbnb. I was pleasantly surprised to find many nice options under $60 a night.

I found a great townhouse for $50 a night, within walking distance to parks and really close to the Alamo and Riverwalk. We will be touring the Alamo the first morning we are there, then checking out a State Park for hiking and exploring.  I found a great deal for the San Antonio Zoo for school groups, including homeschool families where the entrance fee is only $5 a person.

From there we promised the kids some time at the beach. We found  an NPS beach with camping right on the sand. The price of $8 a night had my interest up. The kids are beyond excited to camp within steps of the ocean. I am doing a lot of pre-prepped meals that we will freeze ahead of time. I am looking forward to building sandcastles, jumping in the ocean water and seeing my kids play and have fun. However, the camping is primitive, while it has bathrooms the showers are cold rinse only. Also, they don’t take reservations so we are hoping that being the off season we won’t have any problems getting a spot.

Lodging for 8 nights, however will only be a smidge over $200. My hope is that the adventure and experience will far outweigh not being able to take a real shower for a few nights.

Once we get back, I will let you know how it went and if AirBnB was worth the lower price tag and how we fared at the beach.

Also, please share your tips and tricks to be able to travel on a budget. I am always hoping to do it a little better and more often.

Kelly Bellamy

Kelly is one of the owners and founders of Growing Up Maury. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Middle Tennessee in 2006 with her husband. She is a mom to two beautiful kids through adoption. She is a seamstress and owner of Mama's Mess Boutique. She loves coffee a bit too much and loves authentic conversation.

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