Every year, families plan for that big family summer vacation. It is a time for parents and children, with a possible friend or two, to bond together after a year of work and school. But though it is meant to be an occasion for fun, lots of parents may feel the pinch before, during and after the trip.
The usual plan for most
The idea for many – both children and adults alike – is to visit the most popular vacation destinations that the country has to offer. One of the reasons behind this is the cool factor. In this age of social media, sometimes it is not just about whether or not you had a great time, but if where you went is “cool” enough to brag about online.
The drawbacks of following the norm
The problem here, of course, is the cost – as such prime, touristy destinations often mean big expenses. There’s the entrance fees, souvenirs, overpriced snacks and meals, and transportation. It’s why such a summer trip often requires a whole year of planning and saving, and why the financial effects are often still felt months after the trip is over.
Other possibilities do exist
The good thing is that many entrepreneurs have recognized this dilemma and have come up with their versions of exciting, yet budget-friendly options. In numerous cities around the country, there are theme parks, beachfront resorts, and other similar attractions suited for the family.
In New Jersey (NJ), for example, there are water parks specially designed to amaze the kids. With amenities like water slides, differing pool sizes, and even hot springs, there is much to enjoy without the need to travel across the country while spending all of your hard-earned money.
Vacation time today does not have to be such a costly affair. One just needs to take the time to locate the destination that makes the most sense for you and pay it a visit.