A 6-day family of four vacation
for under $1000
offers up new experiences and plenty
of bonding opportunities
those wondering how to afford a family vacation
this year, stop. A camping trip will set the stage
for quality family time and provide abundant recreational
opportunities without breaking the budget. It can
keep your family of four away from home for six
days of vacationing - all for under $1000.
owned RV parks, RV resorts and campgrounds make
great family destinations. And the average nightly
site fee ranges $20-$30, significantly less than
an overnight stay in a motel.
parks have lakes for fishing, boating and swimming,
playground facilities, hiking trails, basketball
courts and other amenities. And many also offer
planned activities, like nature crafts, ice cream
socials and free movies for children and families.
Bring along your own balls and gloves, bikes and
board games for a jam-packed experience. When camping,
there's plenty of time for the family to play together,
then unwind while enjoying the sunset, then watching
for shooting stars.
doesn't mean roughing it. Basic campsites feature
a fire-pit, grill, and picnic table as well as general
bathroom and shower facilities. However, many commercial
parks offer much more than these basic amenities,
including heated swimming pools, high-speed wireless
Internet access, RV sites with cable TV. Then there
are cabins, RV rentals, cottages and lodges to stay
in, aside from a pitched tent. Granted, there is
some work to camping, but it's a fun way to involve
the kids in routine chores.
Bottom Line: An enriching family camping vacation
for four can be had for under $1000 -- figuring
a $600 one-time cost to buy new gear (family tent,
sleeping bags, camp stove, cooler), less than $200
for the week's campground fees and $200 for groceries/ice
and gas. And, once the gear's been bought, each
subsequent camping trip will cost even less. (Alternatively,
cabin and RV site rentals can range from $30 for
bare bones, on up to over $100 night and are a good
way to test the camping waters before investing
in gear.). For an economical, adventurous, safe,
bond-strengthening and memory-filled vacation, take
your family camping, you won't be alone. According
to a recent National Association of RV Parks &
Campgrounds (ARVC) study:
Over the last two years, nearly 70% of adult active
campers took at least one vacation with their family
-- that's over 20 million U.S. residents.
50% of active campers and RV owners have taken trips
with extended family, including children.
Six in ten RV owners report being grandparents,
with more than half traveling with their grandchildren
during the past two years.
79% of active campers utilized a "family-oriented"
campground during the last 12 months.
is the national association representing over 3900
RV parks and campgrounds throughout the United States
and Canada. The association is headquartered in
Falls Church, Va. More information about the association
can be found at www.ARVC.org. Additional information
about the association's member parks, an online
directory of parks and other camping services, and
general information for camping consumers can be
found at www.gocampingamerica.com.
Additional information about RVs and RVing can be
found at www.gorving.com.