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The Top 7 Family Vacations You Can Afford in 2013

Beach at Sunrise

It can be quite difficult to find some free time to spend with your family if you have to work full time. You have probably been praying for an opportunity to embark on a vacation with your family and friends for a long time. Well, chances are 2013 will grant you the opportunity you have always dreamt about. Of course, even if you do get some spare time for a vacation you will need to decide where to go for your vacation. The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about taking a vacation is probably money. Don’t worry; there are many different vacation spots that you can travel to without spending your entire life savings.

So if these more exotic tropical spots are at risk of breaking your bank, then try these great destinations.

Photo credit: Redeo (Flickr)

Photo credit: Redeo (Flickr)

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Park is one of the largest national parks in the world. You can find a wide variety of wild life throughout Yellowstone.  If you enjoy long hikes in picturesque scenery Yellowstone Park is the right vacation spot for you. Of course, if you plan on exploring the area make sure to bring the proper equipment and maps to avoid getting lost in the massive park. There are many different hotels scattered throughout park that are affordable. There are many different day-time activities that will keep you pre-occupied for the whole day at Yellowstone. For example, you can Kayak down rivers, scale cliffs, and explore caves. Yellowstone Park is a great destination for families who want to spend some quality time together.

The Grand Canyon, majestic beauty millions of years in the making.

The Grand Canyon, majestic beauty millions of years in the making.

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is arguably the most popular tourist attraction the United States. However, what most people do not know about the Grand Canyon is that there are many different hiking trails spreading throughout the Canyon. Each trail varies in difficulty; the easy trails are often filled with tourists. There are several hotels located around the Grand Canyon but the vast majority of them are always booked. It is generally recommended to travel to the Grand Canyon in a mobile home or travel in a car but bring tents to sleep in. There are many different camping spots located near the Grand Canyon. Traveling to

the Grand Canyon is relatively easy; you can either travel by car or take a bus.

Umauma Falls, Hawaii


Airplane tickets to Hawaii can be expensive during the high season so make sure to book in advanced. Hawaii is known for crystal clear water and soft white sand beaches. There are many different islands that are a part of Hawaii. The most common island for tourists is called Honolulu. Take your family to Honolulu for a few days and they will never forget the trip. You can find many different resorts located on the island of Honolulu. The low-end resorts are relatively cheap if you go during the low season before the island is flooded with tourists.

Photo credit: Sean MacEntee

Photo credit: Sean MacEntee (Flickr)

Disney World

Disney World is a Disney themed amusement park which can be found in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The park is extremely popular during summer. However, the amusement park is still a lot of fun regardless of how many people visit it. Disney World is the perfect destination for a small family vacation. You can book tickets to the park online and you can book hotels as well. You can stay at one of the Walt Disney Resorts located in the park. There are many different attractions located throughout Disney World which will keep you and your family entertained for your entire duration of your trip.

Photo credit: BillPellowe (Flickr)

Photo credit: BillPellowe (Flickr)


Tampa is a bay city located in Florida. The city is popular for its beaches and amusement parks. It is relatively easy to find accommodation in Tampa and the hotels are moderately priced as well. Tampa is a great spot for family vacations because there are many different amusement parks and fun tourist attractions. It is generally recommended to visit Tampa when it is not crowded with tourists.

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe (Flickr)

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe (Flickr)

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a massive national park much like Yellowstone. However, it is much easier for travelers to access Yosemite and you will be able to find a wide range of waterfalls in the park as well. You will find hiking trails for experienced hikers as well as trails for beginners. For accommodation you can either camp out or stay at one of the hotels in the park. If you would like to get close to nature and spend some time with your family at the same time Yosemite is the right family vacation spot for you.

Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas

The Bahamas is a great place to go if you are looking to escape the dread of city life and spend some time relaxing on beautiful beaches. The island is a part of one large resort which contains entertainment for almost every demographic. The island is great for a family vacation because of the many different pools, water slides, and other attractions that make up the island.

So if you ever manage to catch a break from your busy schedule and you have some time to kill; I highly recommend that you visit at least one of the family vacation spots mentioned in this article. I can guarantee that your family will love any of these destinations.

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