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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Frugal Family: How to save some funds on holiday travel

  • Tis the season for families to begin hitting the roads and traveling for the holidays. As families get ready to pack up this holiday season, I want to remind people that you can even vacation on a budget.
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  • Tis the season for families to begin hitting the roads and traveling for the holidays. As families get ready to pack up this holiday season, I want to remind people that you can even vacation on a budget.
    The biggest way to save money on a vacation is food. If you are traveling on the road or riding in an airplane, make sure you are prepared and are not eating out. Meals on the road and at area airports can cost a small fortune and have a negative impact on your budget.
    When my family is on the road, we make sure we have a cooler full of drinks and food. When we travel in the air, we make sure we have a backpack filled with snacks.
    However, food issues should not only be thought about when you are traveling. They also should be thought about when you arrive at your location.
    When staying in a hotel, make sure the hotel offers a microwave and a refrigerator in the room. This way you can eat your meals in your room and save on money going out to eat.
    There are several hotels that provide free dinners and breakfast meals. My family typically enjoys staying in these types of hotels.
    Fun vacations do not have to cost a fortune. If you do a little planning, you can save a bundle. One thing that my family likes to do is visit locations during their off-seasons.
    We love traveling to the mountains in the spring. We typically can find cabins at ski resorts and enjoy the beauty of things in bloom for about half the price we would pay during the mountains' peak seasons. We also like to travel to the beaches in the winter months.
    However, you do not have to travel far if you are looking for fun and affordable activities. The Kansas City and surrounding areas provide families with a countless amount of fun activities for little to no costs.
    A little internet searching and you can find lots of fun things to do in your own backyard.
    Do you have suggestions for our Frugal Family columnist? Send your suggestions and questions to Stephanie Eaton Harvie at localnews2005 @yahoo.com.
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