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Six Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation Ideas That Are Fun for the Whole Family

As prices rise on gas and goods, hotels and airfare are climbing alongside them, and many people’s budgets are getting tighter. You might be wondering how you can justify getting out and taking a vacation this summer. But there are plenty of ways to plan a vacation that fits your lifestyle and will keep you on track to meeting your financial goals.

Enjoy Small Town Charm in Bayfield, WI

Bayfield is a charming small-town right on the bay of Lake Superior. Visit the local shops, or take the ferry to Madeline Island to experience a unique community and beautiful scenery. You can even book a guided kayaking tour close by to take in the stunning Apostle Islands.

Take a Road trip with an RV through RVShare

Think Airbnbs, but for RVs. With lots of affordable options for renting an RV from local neighbors, there are endless road trip options to get you out of town and relaxing. RV parking or Campgrounds are typically cheaper than hotels, and you’ll be saving your vehicle from wear, tear, and additional miles. If you’ve been looking to get your own RV, check out the fun you can have with Recreational Loans

Experience the Art and Culture of Ames, IA

Art museums, history, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a thriving cultural district with many locally-owned small businesses make Ames, IA, a destination fit for a perfectly affordable vacation. Kids will enjoy the Furman Aquatic Center, the Butterfly Wing, and Children’s Garden at the Reiman Gardens. Des Moines is a short drive, and you’ll have access to numerous activities the whole family will love. This could be your next getaway destination with reasonable prices and plenty of free experiences!

Pitch a Tent in the Great Outdoors

Camping isn’t for everyone, but the best part is that you can decide what kind of camper you are - off-the-grid or a “glamper.” With campgrounds typically relatively financially accessible, it can be a fun option to get into the great outdoors and go hiking, fishing, kayaking, or just enjoy reading a book by the water. “Glamping” options are becoming increasingly popular and affordable! 

Wisconsin Dells Get Away

Not too far from the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, the Wisconsin Dells offers fun for everyone in the family for a reasonable price. There's plenty to do with water parks, go-carting, mini-golf, and more. Most hotel rooms are also family suites with full kitchens allowing you to cook instead of eating out to keep the budget in check. 

Book a Summer Cruise

Summertime is a great time to get a good deal on a cruise, and that trend continues. This can be an easy way to get out and see new parts of the world without breaking the bank. Your all-inclusive cruise fee typically includes room, food, drink, and activities. 

 

We hope you can get out of town this summer and refresh and rejuvenate as our routines pick back up in the fall. 

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