As a kid the vacations my family went on were very inexpensive road trips.
Some years we simply did a one day trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio where we would spend all day on the amusement park rides. I loved, loved, loved them!!
Other years my parents would rent a cottage for a week or two in Quebec, and we would drive there and back.
The cottages they rented were very rustic and usually close to a lake, so that we could do lots of swimming and fishing.
They brought all of the food that we would need for the week or two so that we wouldn’t have to dine out.
They would go fishing while we were there so that my Mom could make fish for dinner some nights.
The drive there and back was always non-stop and probably took about 12 hours each way.
But once we were there our days were quite relaxing and fun. We would play badminton or Frisbee, float on a raft on the water for hours, or just do nothing at all. If it rained, we would stay in our tiny cottage and play cards or board games.
As a young kid it never really occurred to me that my parents chose these types of family vacations as a way to save money each year.
But looking back I can see that my parents put a lot of effort into creating these family vacations for us while allowing themselves to stay within their frugal budget.
They both worked hard to earn a living and to make sure that they always remained debt free. And if that meant that our family vacations only consisted of road trips, cottages, and amusement parks, then that was the way it was.
And as a kid it never really bothered me that we didn’t fly to Europe for 2 weeks in the summer or go to the Caribbean for 2 weeks in the winter. At the time no one that I knew was doing that either. Actually I felt lucky that we even went on a vacation every summer as some of my friend’s families didn’t.
How about you? As a kid what types of vacations did you and your family go on? Were they frugal vacations or expensive vacations?
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