destinations around the world, but when it comes time to turn your travel dreams into real vacations, a plan has to fit into your budget.Let's talk about budgets for family vacations. It doesn't cost anything to dream about various
Many of us have learned how to get the most for what we spend on theme park trips. We price ticket options, including seasonal and annual passes. We might use airline and credit card rewards and gift card discounts to save money. We look for times of year when destinations might be offering lower rooms rates, ticket discounts, and perks such as free dining plans.
But ultimately, you have to pay something for your theme park trip, no matter how many deals or discounts you can find. That's when it's time to set the budget.
Some of us set aside money every week or month to pay for future vacations. Others are willing to charge up to their credit limit. (Please... don't do that!) How much are you willing to pay for theme park trips and travel in a typical year?
Do you stick with day trips to nearby parks, or do you save and splurge for week-long vacations across the country... or maybe even around the world? Or do you mix it up, staying close to home in some years and venturing farther away in others?
Given that Theme Park Insider tends to attract people who are fans of multiple parks and brands, I suspect that people around here are more likely than not to mix things up and visit a variety of destinations, from Disneyland and Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando and parks in Tokyo, Paris, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere. But I could be wrong (and often am!), so you tell me.
Instead of dealing in hypotheticals, let's ground this in some real data. Let's just look at what you and your family did over the past 12 months. How much did you spend on theme park tickets, meals, and souvenirs? If you traveled to the parks, how much did you spend on flights, cars, and gas? On hotels? Add it all up and give us a number. (Or, at least your best estimate.)
How did that spending over the past 12 months compare with the amount that you had intended or wanted to spend?
What are your best tips and tricks to afford a better theme park vacation? And what bad advice is out there that you'd like to keep people from following? We would love to hear from you in the comments.Tweet
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