You don’t have to be rich to travel. As a matter of fact, you can travel to amazing destinations by putting in some effort, with a few clicks of the mouse coupled with a few research you can easily conduct over the internet. The trick, is to travel during off peak seasons and great and amazing deals. All families deserve to spend quality time together. You don’t have to spend your life savings, on a trip for all of the family to enjoy and this is this article covers some unexpected ways you can make great savings on a family trip.

Bulk Up to Save

A great way to save money on a vacation, is to book with another family and book the trip in advance! If you buy in bulk, you can save some of your hard earned cash. Cruises are a great getaway, and are a great example of: buy more, save more. Group rates are much cheaper than individual rates. Book a cruise during the slow months to save money and beat the crowds!

Camp to Reconnect

If a cruise doesn’t float your boat, how about a camping trip? You don’t need to rent an RV to experience nature. Support your local town or closest camp ground. Bring your own tent (to save money), search for firewood and enjoy the outdoors. Many campsites have facilities for shower and bathroom use and a recreational room for game-night. Camping is a great way to connect with your loved ones, without all of our modern day distractions. Try to shut your cell phones off, and stay away from social media, to experience true wilderness and time with your family. Camping allows you to get away from home and truly relax.

Consider If You Would Rather Stay Indoors

Try to book a hotel well in advance and look for deals. Some hotels offer “stay a night-get a night free” deals. An excellent way to save money is to book off season. Find out when the hotel is the most vacant, and plan your trip according to those dates. Instead of booking the room online, give the hotel a call, see what’s available, and negotiate a deal.

Your Dream Rental Home is Possible

Another great way to travel without overspending is to find a private vacation rental. If a family is renting out a home and you show interest in the rental you can certainly negotiate the length of stay and overall cost of the rental agreement. The cost of renting a private family home is a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel. That exotic, tropical island you have been dreaming about will be much more affordable when you are renting from home owners compared to a hotel.

It is possible to get cheap deals on a vacation, but the vacation won’t feel cheap. Plan in advance, find others to travel with, enjoy the outdoors, and stay away from overpriced hotels unless you can get a great discount rate or free night. Families deserve time together without over paying.

This article was written by Lisa Brookes. She has spent a lot of time working as a travel and booking agent for some of the worlds top cruise lines. When she is not working, she enjoys writing and recommends Listabuzz.com: a top 10 list website for travel, vacation and other general topics.