Family of Five in desperate need for a cheap vacation!!!!

United States
February 20, 2009 8:14am CST
Ok next year me and my now boyfriend/fiance are planning on going to Ireland, but I feel bad I feel that if I go on vacation I should take the whole family with me but I know that I can't take the kids with us to Ireland for many reasons! One being cost , but the big one being getting permission of the two non custodial fathers that have nothing to do with their kids... But any how on to the question at hand if you have a family of five that is on a fixed income but feel that you need to go out and have a vacation in order to do some fun bonding not to mention that the kids deserve to go and have fun and I want them to have a child hood where they say yeah I went on vacation this summer, but where would you go. Anyone know of some nice and fun but Cheap or inexpensive places to go.. I looked into myrtle beach and I know the hotel alone is going to cost $450 for three nights and I can drive it because it's only 12 hours but I would like to have some other ideas. I live in pennsylvania so something within driving distance would be nice but not a must...! So is there anyone out there that can help me? If so, what are you're ideas? Thanks in advance!!!
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@Darkwing (21590)
20 Feb 09
I don't know much about America so I possibly won't be much help, but kids just love activity holidays. Is there any such place in your country which is reasonable, or do you have a resort where you can camp or something, and join in with activity pastimes, like climbing, boating, fishing, assault courses, cycling, horseriding and such things? I'm sure they'd love that! As for Ireland... why don't you call it a honeymoon? They'll understand that, surely. Brightest Blessings, my friend. I hope that's giveing you some ideas.
@Darkwing (21590)
20 Feb 09
*given you some ideas... sorry about typo. Kids love adventure you know... camping would be great, and cheap!
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• Ireland
20 Feb 09
Oh ya camping is actually a great idea! But not in Ireland... It rains 99.9% of the year...
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• United States
20 Feb 09
Actually you have hit the head on the nail because we have been saying we are going to call our Ireland trip our honeymoon so as not to upset them when we leave for a week.. I'm think maybe a little bit of everything is probably what we should do.. At one point I was thinking of going to gettysburg with the kids or maybe to washington, dc to the smithsonian or even to the baltimore harbor. They are all lovely places and I'm also thinking about seaworld too.. I have so much to think about and I appreciate the ideas you have the boys will love to go camping.
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• Ireland
20 Feb 09
I live in Ireland you could stay with me lol! But serioously if you are planning on coming to Ireland, book soon, because as you know we are in a recession and Ireland is even more broke than alot of other countries so there are loads of cheap offers going on right now. For Ireland or America, I would suggest you rent a house for your holiday, because of the amount of people going. Maybe you could do a house swap or something? I booked a gorgeous villa for me and my parents and sister during the summer on www.individualtravellers.com. We are staying for 7 nights, in a villa with a pool, for 500 euro, and the house sleeps 6! You should check out the site. It took me a while to find that house but I'm sure you'll find something too! Good luck :)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks I'll have to keep that in mind when I go to do the trip for Ireland for me and my boyfriend next year. And the house swap idea is a great idea I'll have to check that out. Thanks very much!!!
• Ireland
20 Feb 09
Your welcome! And if you want any more info about Ireland I'd be happy to give it to you, just pm me :)
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• United States
20 Feb 09
thanks I most likely be pming you tomorrow after I get back from the kid's soccer games.
• Canada
20 Feb 09
You could always come here and stay on my farm. We have a 4 bedroom house and only use 1 bedroom. You could help with chores, so that your room and board would be covered. OR, do you know what the cheapest vacation is? Trade with someone. They come and stay at your place and you come and stay at theirs for 2 wks or a month. Some sort of an exhange vacation. One of my neighbours did it.
• United States
20 Feb 09
Interesting.. I'll have to think about both options. Thanks Hun I really do appreciate the offer and trust me my kids can work hard when they want to .. But I think you'd probably but heads with my middle child.. He has adhd but does alot of ODD stuff. LOL!! I really do appreciate the offer and anytime you are in the states you have a place to stay...
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• Canada
20 Feb 09
Feeling is mutual sweetie.
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• United States
20 Feb 09
@zhuhuifen46 (3487)
• China
21 Feb 09
When I go for a short vacation with my family, including relatives, we usuall go to travel agencies, which provide village accomodations at much cheaper expenses. The villages are friendly and meals light but with local speciality. Accommodation is acceptable with shower facilities. Traffic means will be provided to go around within a few hours ride, so that we can enjoy the nature and local fairs as well, and sometimes, a water fall or mineral water bath, etc. Whatever the choice, going out for travel is a must part of our life, young or old.
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• United States
27 Feb 09
Yeah I get what your saying but will it be affordable for my family of five kids and two adults... LOL!!!
@jashley1 (746)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Hello! We are also a family of five and always in need of an affordable vacation! We do have the luxery of living in Southern California though, so each year we decide to purchase a new package. For example, last year we did SeaWorld and whenever we needed a break we would drive to San Diego and go to Seaworld and spend the day out there. This year we are doing the zoo/wild animal parks since our kids are older and can enjoy the walks and scenery. We also do the water parks and Disneyland on occasion. It may not be the full getaway, but it does provide a cheap alternative and entertainment for the kids and we can always stay and eat or stay overnight. Just getting a day of relaxation really helps! We also do roadtrips sometimes. We love just going to the beach as well.
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• United States
27 Feb 09
Man I wish that the beach was closer to me. It would be nice. LOL!! But I think that I'm giong to go with the muesem and zoo thing this year and some camping out. LOL!!!
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
20 Feb 09
You could always find some place nice that is close to home, go camping (rent a cabin) or go to Disney (they have awesome deal right now).
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• United States
27 Feb 09
Disney would be really nie but it's a little bit out of my price range. LOL!!! My famiy is going to have to settle for some camping and muesuems and the zoo this year but next year maybe I can get us somewhere else.. LOL!!
• United States
20 Feb 09
What do they like? Beach, mountains, museums etc? I live in New Orleans and their is always something going on around here. We have a new insectarium that supposed to be one of its kind in the US. Of course we have the river boats and French Quarter which is a lot of fun. Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras which your kids would probably LOVE (and it lasts practically ahull day). My personal favorite vacation spot is St George Island, FL (not during a hurricane) and Pigeon Forge, TN.
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• United States
20 Feb 09
I would love to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras and the kids would probably have a blast. The kids love everythingand they are equally divided amoung what they like to do the boys love camping and the outdoors and the girls love museums, beaches, zoos and aquariums. Hmmm but you know what talking to you has given me a great idea I wonder if the SeaWorld in Ohio is still open and maybe I can make a weekend of taking the kids there for a couple of days.
@maximax8 (27049)
20 Feb 09
I think the flights to Ireland for a family of five would cost quite a lot. Accommodation there would be fairly pricey. I suggest you read budget minded travel guide books after you have seen the likely cost of the flight. You could perhaps do a home swap with another family then you wouldn't have an accommodation costs. I think you might be able to stay in a family room in a youth hostel in Ireland. I would suggest camping might be a good option too. I think Guatemala or Nicaragua might be a lovely destination for your family. The flights might be quite reasonable and accommodation would be cheap. Good luck soring out a cheap vacation for your family.
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• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks for the homeswap idea.. Unfortunately I did say I would like to remain in the states since I won't be able to get passports for three kids since thier father most likely would not allow me to take them out of the country. But thanks for the lovely idea of swapping homes.
• United States
20 Feb 09
personally tho i dont know the area where you are i imagine it will be a similar situation as where i live. MY first choice is to take kids to a KOA (Kampgrounds of America)facility. Even if you dont have your own camping gear, you can either borrow or hit the thrift stores for almost everything you need and you really dont NEED all that much. camping is a cool adventure for kids. the reason i suggest a KOA is that its great for first time campers. they even have what they call KABINS (tho you have to book them waaaaay early as they are popular) ( to give you an idea of costs===a two room Kabin in gettysburg as an example can run as low as 66 a night- i ran an example stay in april for 4 nites -tho i told the site 4 kids *if two are really little they can share a bunk) with five bigger kids it would be more or you are way better cost wise to use a tent they have everything you need on the campgrounds (real bathrooms and showers) some have an outdoor kitchen area, all have a mini barbeque on each campsite as well as a picnic table/benches, and they have activities for kids and adults. many of them have pools and you will find information for any outside the campground activities tourist sites in the general store that each campground has.. the cost of even the KABINS is less than half of the cheapest motel and a WHOLE LOT nicer... we have done this for years... we have a very good tent and will usually pick a site and stay for up to 10 days, depending on where we go. as an example: chula vista ca-- the first day we usually hit the local thrift stores and buy a couple of bags of paperback books (we do RELAXING vacations) on days we feel like it.. we will take the train (redline) to either Tijuana for the day or up to san diego (chula vista is between the 2) this way WE dont have to drive (which is awesome) in san diego we can either go to a mission, or to old downtown, or to the zoo, or sea world, or the museums near the zoo. check on the area you decide to go to-- in san diego the museums (there are a bunch all together in a large park setting very close to the zoo) have a running special thing going that on certain days of the week certain museums are free. we were able to see a visiting exhibit of RENOIR because we were there on the 'free' day. it was awesome. check this site http://www.koa.com/where/pa/ if your kids enjoy themselves you can do variations of this for YEARS. is fun. oh and a suggestion regarding souveniers... if I may.... POST CARDS.. my eldest started this when she travelled with her school band.. she was EXTREMELY limited on what she was allowed to carry and want to get some sort of souveniers... so she found post card pictures of things and sights that she and her little camera could not have gotten. they pack VERY easy (nearly no space used) and then she could scrapbook them and her photos when she got home. its been a Great way to do it and VERY easy on the budget.:) have fun
• United States
20 Feb 09
Thanks for the information I really appreciate it and I didn't think about the camping thing at all since the kids all have their own sleeping bags except for the youngest to that would be nice. I'll have to check out the link that you gave me. Again thanks and have a nice one.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
5 Mar 09
Take the children to England with a tent. New England and you and BF come to ENGLAND. Like Ireland only with ENG in front instead of Ire! Or why not send them all to Aunty Cyn's! LOL. I shall die slowly and painfully won't I?
• United States
23 Feb 09
Go on line and see what you have in state. You might be surprised how many fun and interesting things there are to do in your own backyard. I think most Chambers of Commence will send you tourist information for free.