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Money in the Bank: Managing Vacation Costs

Posted on October 14, 2013

Families on vacation want to have a great time while managing vacation costs. So how do you obtain the most value for your dollar on vacation? According to the vacation planning professionals at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont, it pays to be flexible with your plans and do your research. Here are some of their tips for planning a budget-friendly family vacation:

Be flexible…
  • with your vacation dates. Book during periods that are non-holiday periods. If you have the flexibility to travel during non-peak times, you’ll always find a deal.
  • with your transportation. If a destination is within driving distance, or a train route is available, you may save money over flying.
  • and consider traveling with friends or extended family members. At many destination resorts like Smuggs, sharing the comforts of a larger condominium home is always a better value than booking separate homes.

  • package inclusions for your stay. Book a package with inclusions that will offer the most complete vacation experience for your family members.
  • the cost of adding on activities. It may be better to pay for desired inclusions up front rather than tack them on upon arrival.
  • special offers by calling your destination; there may be an unadvertised special.
  • your travel route if you choose to drive. Careful planning of your route will help you avoid backtracking or missed turns that can cause you to lose time and spend more money on gas.
  • the activities you’ll want to participate in and look for special offers. You may find that a multi-activity program will be less costly than a la carte selection of activities.

A final tip –– relax. These tips are money in the bank for your family.

Working together with the expert staff at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, as well as with the families that visit, Karen Boushie, Smugglers’ public relations director, serves as the lead content wrangler for “the view from up here.” If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Karen at
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