Affordable Family Vacations

by Nicola McCormack

While planning your family vacation this summer, avoid reading about the jet-set lifestyle of the Brangelina brood. Like comparing post-baby bodies with Madame Jolie-Pitt, it's an exercise in futility. Back in the real world, when a globe-trotting twosome multiplies into a family of three or more, vacations are no longer about chilling out on exotic beaches drinking fruity cocktails. Along with your burgeoning luggage of extra diapers, travel crib, and car seat, there are also the increased costs to contend with.

So, what are your options? Well, you could stay at home with a large glass of wine in hand and travel vicariously via sites like this one, but even we want you and your little ones to get out there and see the world. And keep this in mind: If your 401(k) is shrinking, the world is, too—expensive destinations and snazzy resorts that were beyond your means last summer might have dropped prices low enough to become affordable in 2009. Plan wisely, and this year you and your clan could be exploring the souks in Marrakesh, tubing through caves in Central America, or even going on that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa.

Published April 2009

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