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Going on a holiday need not be expensive if you know what the top family vacation spots on a budget are.  After all, you needn’t break the bank or stay in lavish five-star accommodations when you travel with your partner and your kids.  What’s important is that you get a lot of time to meet new people, experience exciting activities, and get plenty of opportunities to bond in a location far away from the humdrum routine of everyday life.  If you need to save money yet want to plan a family getaway, check out this list of top family vacation spots on a budget.

Enjoy Mexican Beaches

Many Mexican beaches are open to the public, so they’re one of the top family vacation spots on a budget.  You certainly don’t need to spend too much to enjoy the sand and surf.  There are also a lot of all inclusive resorts in Mexico with great facilities that include kids’ clubs and attractions meant especially for children.  An all inclusive deal allows you to keep expenses under control, and your little ones will have a great time hanging out with the other kids at your hotel.  Parents can enjoy the dining and the nightlife, and everyone will appreciate the chance to go diving, snorkeling, and even exploring the Mayan ruins.

Visit a Hawaiian Island

Hawaii has long been a favorite with people who’d like to see beautiful sunsets, try out some water sports and experience warm island hospitality first hand.  You can sunbathe on the beach, try out kite sailing or surfing, go hiking in the rain forests or dine and dance at a luau.  Rent a condo with a kitchenette and washer so you can enjoy some privacy and even save money on meals and laundry. As for activities, forgo the helicopter tours and dolphin encounters. Instead choose hikes through the natural beauty, snorkel in Hanalei Bay, swim and spend lazy days at the beach. You can also visit Pearl Harbor, climb Diamond Head, suntan on Waikiki. The cost of these activities is virtually zero and your family will have a blast.

Tour a Colonial Town

Visit Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, or Jamestown and let your kids feel like they’ve stepped into a time machine. You won’t need to spend much more than $800 for accommodation and admission tickets for everyone over a four-day stay.  Your kids will get a whole new perspective when they go to the outdoor living history museum where it’s possible to weed a garden, make bricks, or even attend a slave wedding.  They’ll also get an idea of what life was like before people had high-tech gadgets and other modern conveniences.

Enjoy a Theme Park in Orlando

A trip to Orlando to see the theme park should be a part of every childhood.  At present, there are a lot of great package deals and discounted fares that you can take advantage of especially if you travel before or after the peak season.  Your kids are sure to be amazed and entranced by Ocean World and the Disney theme parks. Disney is not the only game in town, there is also Gatorland, Lego-land, Sea-world and Universal Resorts. Look for budget hotels or rent a vacation home or condo and cook your own meals to make the vacation more affordable. Other tips to make Orlando more reasonable are to buy a local discount book and buy your souvenirs off site.

Stay on a Farm in New Hampshire

Do your kids a favor and let them experience a few days of fun and idyllic living on a working farm.  For less than $80 a night for grownups and $60 for kids, you can try skating, cross-country skiing, and charming activities like milking cows, milking goats, and hayrides.

Try these top family vacations on a budget – they’re really a whole lot of fun.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]TravelonJo is a former travel agent who has traveled extensively for work and vacations with her family. For more travel information, visit her travel websites:  Follow us on facebook[/author_info] [/author]

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