Tips to plan a family vacation close to home

By StatePoint


Families are always looking for their next great vacation. And recent studies show that more than three out of four dads wish their family could take more vacations together.

The cost of travel needn’t dissuade your family from hitting the road to explore someplace new. There are many affordable options close to home, and ways to make your journey meet your budget.

Many families are opting to take shorter trips to save on expenses.

Family vacations are great when destinations are kid-friendly. (Image courtesy of StatePoint.) 圖片由StatePoint提供。

Family vacations are great when destinations are kid-friendly. (Image courtesy of StatePoint.)

Forty-three percent of dads want to spend less than $300 per day on travel, accommodations and entertainment while on a vacation, according to a Research Now survey commissioned by Great Wolf Lodge.

And 55 percent of dads prefer traveling by car, with 45 percent wanting to travel a distance that is two to five hours away, according to the survey.

“When looking for our next affordable summer travel destination, I like to begin with places that are within driving distance,” said Dave Parfitt, founder of, a nationally known family travel website. “It is often easy to forget how many great destinations are within a two-to-three-hour drive from home. Plus, without the cost of airfare, families can stretch their vacation budget a little further.”

Here are some tips for easy travel close to home:


Plan ahead

While hopping in the car and taking off on a whim might sound exciting, this often ends up costing more. Many resorts and hotels offer their best pricing when booked in advance. In addition, you will have a wider range of room or suite styles to pick from.

When taking a family vacation, kids are dad’s top priority. The best way to make a family vacation great is to visit a destination that includes activities children find fun and entertaining. Eighty-nine percent of dads say this is extremely or very important, according to the survey.


Pack the car

For extended car rides, it’s important to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.  Be sure to bring healthy snacks and drinks. Pack travel games to help pass the time — the car ride is a great time for family bonding.

So start planning! Your next great family vacation waits.

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