More Families Plan on Traveling in 2014

A new survey reveals America’s travel plans and we reveal how to save money when you travel.

TripAdvisor revealed the results of its family travel survey of more than 2,700 respondents, and 92 percent of Americans plan to travel this year, with 55 percent traveling with their spouse and children and 20 percent with extended family.

TripAdvisor also ranked its Top 10 Traveler’s Choice hotels for families:

  1. Florida’s Resort Orlando, Orlando, Florida
  2. Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
  3. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Orlando Florida
  4. Candy Cane Inn, Anaheim, California
  5. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, North Conway, New Hampshire
  6. Best Western Premier Saratoga Resort Villas, Kissimmee, Florida
  7. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
  8. West Inn & Suites Carlsbad, Carlsbad, California
  9. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, Anaheim, California
  10. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, Florida

It’s nice that TripAdvisor offers this information to travelers but if you can’t afford to stay at most of these places then you’re better off finding your own destination within your budget. After all, these lists are made to steer you in their direction and not necessarily to save you money. That’s where we come into play.

Saving on family trips

  1. Don’t travel far. If you live near a city, the countryside or historic sites visit them and become a backyard tourist. Scour your local paper and area websites to discover activities available for the whole family.
  2. Two trips in one. If you’re visiting a city such as Philadelphia, take one day and drive to the beaches of New Jersey. It’s only about an hour and a half drive but seems like another world. If you’re vacationing in Washington DC, an hour and half drive will land you in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.
  3. Off-season trips. Visit a desired destination when hotels and restaurants are hungrier for visitors. Maybe Maine just after Labor Day weekend or Florida in the summer.
  4. Split costs. Vacation with family or friends and share the costs. Rent a condo or cabin by a lake, split the cost of food and drinks and cook at home instead of going out.
  5. Find a budget hotel with free breakfast. Check out hotels such as Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, La Quinta Inn &Suites and Comfort Inn. A quick online search of the area you’re visiting will give you a better idea of what’s offered.
  6. Use apps. AAA.com offers TripTik, a planning tool that creates instant maps, routings, gas stations and other useful information. Use GasBuddy or Gas Guru to find the local, cheapest gas prices.Gary Herman, President of Consolidated Credit, understands the importance of getting away with your family for some free time…”It’s important to take a breath and step away from the everyday rigors of work. But that doesn’t mean you should simply let loose on vacation and start recklessly charging on your credit cards. Be responsible, because when the vacation ends, the bills begin.”

For tips on how to take your family away without going into debt, visit Consolidated Credit’s fee guide to traveling for less.