Finally the cool weather is here, the days are growing shorter and it officially feels like fall most of the time. That also means it’s time for another family vacation. We’ve found that fall family trips are often our favorites. Sprinkling in a mini-break of school and work before the holidays hit is a great way for us to refresh. After all, by the end of October it feels like a sprint through New Year’s Day. So, where to go in the coming weeks? Over the years we’ve found a few options that never fail.
Here’s some general suggestions for any family looking for a quick and easy getaway and some tips for keeping costs low.
There are a number of pros to visiting major cities. Large cities will often have public transportation that allows us to stay on the outskirts of town, which saves a lot of money on the hotel or VRBO rental we choose. Plus, major cities usually have multiple cost-friendly entertainment options for families (museums, tours, parks, etc). Thanks to discount sites such as Living Social and Groupon, we often plan activities around daily deals offered. Here are some suggestions from Parents if you need ideas: 10 Best Cities for Families to Visit. And – if any of these cities are still out of reach, research the closest one to you or even be a tourist in your own town. You’ll be surprised how fun it can be to stay in a hotel in your own city.
Of course, our family almost never gets sick of the beach. The perks of going in the fall include less people, lower rates and cooler temps that make staying outside all day possible. This option can be inexpensive if you live close enough to drive to a nice beach, but for those farther North it would be best to check for cheap flights first. Here are some of the Best Beach Vacations in October that are worth a peek.
We’ve also found that fall means the mountains beckon. The downside is this is also a peek season for cabin rentals. However, we’ve gotten very lucky with incredible last minute deals on HomeAway and VRBO. There is nothing better than fireplaces and hot tubs after a long day hiking. Still, the mountains can also be our cheapest fall trip when we opt to skip the cabins altogether and camp instead. We want to visit ever one of these options currently.
And guess what? Sometimes there just isn’t money in the budget for any kind of fall family trip so we are stuck the always frugal staycation. While we might long for the beach or mountains, we usually find a staycation just as much fun when we plan properly. This post from the Travel Channel has some great tips for how to make the most of one!