19 Places for Budget Friendly Family Vacation

 green01   October 26, 2012

We often find recreation and togetherness with our family and friends by going on a vacation. Unfortunately, vacations sometimes take a heavy toll on our budget and we spend lot of time recovering from the aftermath of an expensive vacation. This prevents us from planning vacation very often. This would no longer be the case. This article reveals some interesting places for vacation at a low budget cost.

1. Disneyland, California, United States


Disneyland – Source

Disneyland cartoons have been an all time favorites with kids and adults alike. Your family will rejoice and bask on the pleasures of this trip for a long time. Being the chief attraction in the Orange County, the Disneyland packs in delight for the entire family. Also to explore here are beaches, hot-air balloon rides, museums, great food options, Nixon’s birthplace etc.

 2. Choquequirao – Machu Picchu, Peru

Choquequirao – Machu Picchu – Peru

Choquequirao – Machu Picchu – Peru – Source

Went unnoticed till the last century, this splendid mountain top city is a wonder place and holds attentions for visitors of all age groups. Telling the times and stories of the Incas, it’s a top must-see historical site for the entire family.

3. National Zoological Gardens of Pretoria, South Africa


Pretoria – Source

A wildlife destination spelling adventure, the National Zoological Gardens of Pretoria is one the best zoos in South Africa. The Pretoria Zoo attracts annually about 600 000 people every year. The Komodo dragon, white rhino ragged-tooth sharks and various others form the main attractions for people of all ages.

4. Chicago, United States

Navy Pier

Navy Pier – Source

This diverse city is a perfect spot of carefree vacation for the whole family. From free Zoo, aquariums, Navy Pier, architectural wonders, lake activities, to shopping opportunities and great food, Chicago has something for every hungry traveler’s appetite and more.

5. Tulum, Mexico

Tulum - Mexico

Tulum – Mexico – Source

If interested in ancient world civilizations, this Mayan city is a topmost priority. Tulum is located in the Yucatan Peninsula and is part of the Mayan walled city. It was used as a major port for Coba and is one of the best preserved of all Mayan sites.

6. Peru, South America

Red Beach – Paracas Bay – Peru

Red Beach – Paracas Bay – Peru – Source

Looking for opportunities for eco-tourism, but not ready to compromise on comfort and luxury, then come to Peru. Encapsulated with nature, wildlife, adventure it also showcases a blend of three ecosystems merging at the Tambopata National Reserve in Southern Peru. Given its tropical rainy climate, the best time, however, to visit this region is during May to October which are comparatively drier. Also to look here is the Incan estate of the Pachacuti ruler called Ollantaytambo near Cuzo.

7. Rome-Lazio, Italy

Rome - Italy

Rome – Italy – Source

Being known as the bed of ancient historical activities Rome, Italy has it all. From historical sites, galleries, museums, churches, natural beauty, food and fashion, it will offer something memorable for everyone.

8. Massachusetts, United States

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium – Source

Dotted with science and art museums, water activities at the New England Aquarium and lake pleasures for boating and fishing at Public Garden Lagoon along Massachusetts and Boston gives the whole family ample opportunities to relax and pleasure in time away from home.

9. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin – Ireland

Dublin – Ireland – Source

Originally found as a Viking settlement, Dublin offers historical museums, Zoo, Phoenix Park, Temple Bar, Castles, art galleries, shopping zones etc. In other words, there is something for everybody including an evening to relax with a can of the local Guinness.

10. Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rica – Central America

Costa Rica – Central America – Source

With children often the pleasure of rediscovering natural beauty is immense. One such glorious site is the Corcovado National Park in the southwest of Costa Rica. Enriched with bio-diversity and the magnificence of tropical forests, the forests here offer jaguar sightings to sloths bull sharks and a plethora of exotic flora and fauna. Also dotted with the beaches along its Caribbean coast it’s sure to be a perfect family getaway.

11. Virginia, United States

Virginia - United States

Virginia – United States – Source

If you are with teenage children who never seem to be interested on any other trip, this is one which will leave them exhausted and packed with fun and happy memories. Dotted with outdoor and indoor fun in grand theme parks, museums, performance halls, parks and natural caverns, Virginia is one key to enthrall all your family in one go.

12. Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula – Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula – Mexico – Source

With sandy beaches, jungle parks, archaeological sites and theme parks for kids, you can never go wrong with this choice for your next family vacation.

13. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona – Spain

Barcelona – Spain – Source

With growing children interested in ancient history, architecture, Barcelone is also another good trip. With incredible Gaudi’s architectural foundations appealing beaches to forage for marine treasures and natural parks and aquariums, it will be sure hit with your family.

14. Puerto Rico, Caribbean

Puerto Rico – Caribbean

Puerto Rico – Caribbean – Source

Situated along the Caribbean cruise route, Puerto Rico is rich in history and rain forests. The gorgeous beaches, golfing options, eco-reserves, stalactite-stalagmite caves, largest radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory, the zoo and great shopping options at Fortaleza Street of Puerto Rico will make the whole experience unforgettable for the whole family.

15. Hawaii, United States

Hawaii – United States

Hawaii – United States – Source

This string of islands forms the land of extremes. From beaches to volcanic craters your family can enjoy their time in Hawaii by foot, bike, car, helicopter, or submarine. The red lava spills from Kilauea volcano, the Trilogy trip to Lanai, surveying Maui Ocean Center’s Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor will make your vacation worthwhile and enjoyable.

16. Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen Denmark

Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen Denmark – Source

A major Northern Europe travel destination for the family Copenhagen, Denmark’s Little Mermaid statue, fairytale castles and Tivoli gardens will make your time with your little ones filled with adventure, fun and happiness.

17. Munich-Bavaria, Germany

Munich Bavaria – Germany

Munich Bavaria – Germany – Source

The palace of Mad King Ludwig, Deutsch Museums, world’s largest technological museum, the Dachau concentration camp will fill your family with amazement and information that will summarize a great family time-out.

18. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

Hot Sulphur Springs – Colorado

Hot Sulphur Springs – Colorado – Source

With outdoor activities like mountain biking, fishing, mini golf, horseback riding, and bungee trampolines your family will be bound with the energy and robustness that will last forever. For the lazier activities try, fly-fishing and soaking in hot springs in Colorado’s Steamboat Springs.

19. Maine Windjammer Association, New England, United states

Penobscot Bay – Maine – United States

Penobscot Bay – Maine – United States – Source

With 12 privately owned tall ships, of which seven are registered in National historic landmarks, this cruise along the beautiful coast of Maine offers a complete sea experience for the family to rejoice together. From laying lobster traps, tying knots, fishing, and seal spotting you can also explore harbors, tidal pools at the paradise of Penobscot Bay.

About the guest author Amanda Kidd is a passionate blogger whose love for gadgets and cars is beyond words. She frequently blogs on luxury portal and writes on most expensive items upcoming in the market like home theater, Motorbikes, cars etc. Being a versatile writer these days she is busy in writing on romantic ideas while on a honeymoon.

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