With the threat of rising gas prices and increasing prices for flights looming, just the thought of Spring Break is enough to scare kids and parents alike. However, despite gas prices, it may still prove cheaper for a family to pack up the car and go. Road trips can be enjoyable if you are smart about the trip and about your gas consumption. If you have not yet come up with a budget-friendly option for your family, consider the following options for driveable vacations:
1. Destin, Florida: While crossing various state lines may seem like a budget buster, consider that gas can go a little further when you get onto the open road. Employ cash-saving techniques such as avoiding hotels and contacting rental properties on the beach. With the ability to prepare your family’s meals in fully stocked kitchens, access to the beach, and perhaps a large pool, you will find that you can avoid lines and overpriced food at local restaurants, and you have front-row access to entertainment – the beautiful Gulf shores. Try www.resortquestvacationrentals.com or www.beachhousedestin.com for wonderful options. For the more adventurous, try www.vrbo.com or www.homeaway.com to input your preferences and the area of town that you want to stay in. One thing is for sure, Destin is worth the 10 hour trek. The crystal clear waters of the Gulf and the beautiful white sand beaches are sure to please your family. If you handle it the smart way, this is a place that your family will likely return to time and time again.
2. Lake Conroe – Conroe, Texas. Just a 45 minute drive from Houston you can find an oasis that makes you feel close enough to the house to not dread the drive, yet far enough away to recharge your batteries. Many Texans have invested in vacation homes along the shores of the 21,000 acre lake. Check out http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Lake-Conroe-Texas.html and www.lakeconroerentals.com to see the availability for Spring Break. Lake Conroe offers exciting water sport options as well as numerous restaurants accessible by car and boat alike. If you are interested in renting a boat for a day or two, consider renting a boat with a captain or try your own hand at steering! Consider www.waterpointmarina.com or http://www.jff.net/houston/index.htm for your water sport needs.
3. New Braunfels, Texas. The original Schlitterbahn may be older, but it is still a fan favorite. However, there are numerous options to enjoy a River-based vacation other than the mammoth water part. With the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers winding around the area, your family can enjoy a nearby vacation on the water. For a more adventurous vacation, consider the chance to camp along the riverside. The pleasant nighttime temperatures make for excellent star-gazing weather. Look at http://mountainbreezecamp.com/site/ for the full camping experience. Also http://rivercityresorts.com is your one stop shop for finding the perfect vacation rental.
Whatever you choose to do with your family for Spring Break, the key is to be smart about it. Hotels may offer amenities, but renting a space for your family not only gives you more room to spread out, but it allows you save money by preparing your own meals and provides all the good vibes of home.