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How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Family Vacation to Yellowstone National Park

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Family vacations are always fun. You can take time off from work and school. You get to spend quality time with your loved ones. And most of all, you are sure to make lasting memories. If there is a “down side”, it would be the fact that sometimes family vacations can be a bit costly as well.

If you are on a bit of a tight budget and you’re considering planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, you’re in luck. Below, are five tips for preparing in a way that is both enjoyable and affordable too.

Do some online research. One of the best things about the internet is that you can do plenty of research on a place you’d like to visit before you go. This would include YellowstoneNational Park. Thanks to websites like nps.gov/yell and NPS.gov, you can get all kinds of information on the destinations you can visit, the best time of year to go and other activities that you can partake in within miles of the park itself. That way, you can budget for most things in advance.

Know what to pack. When planning to take a vacation that will involve participating in a lot outdoor activity, it’s important to know what to pack. Even if you’re going in the summertime, due to the insects and various types of greenery that you’ll be walking through, you still need to cover yourself up as much as possible. Everyone should bring along some jeans and long sleeve shirts, some hiking shoes, a pair of gloves, a couple of hats and also a light jacket (sometimes it gets cool in the evening). It’s also a good idea to pack a First Aid kit, some sunscreen, a pair (or two) of binoculars, a bottle of insect repellant and a cooler filled with water and juices too. Remember, the more you take with you, the less you’ll have to purchase once you arrive.

Rent a car. You’re going to be doing a lot of driving while on vacation. That’s why it really is best to rent a car or SUV. That way, you don’t have to worry about putting any mileage on your own vehicle. Plus, if you don’t already own an automobile that’s large enough for the amount of people going, you can rent one that will comfortably accommodate everyone. Some other benefits are that if the rental happens to break down, you are not financially responsible for repairs. Plus, a lot of rentals are fuel efficient. This will help you to save money on gasoline too.

Decide where you’d like to stay. When you plan to travel the Rockies at YellowstoneNational Park, although there are a lot of people who like to stay on campgrounds when visiting YellowstoneNational Park, there are other options for you to choose from. There are lodges, hotels and resorts that you can stay at – ones that fit everyone’s budget. One website that offers a variety of lodging choices is YellowstonePark. Just go to the site and put “where to stay” in the search field.

Do more cooking than eating out. Sure, it can be nice to eat out while on vacation a couple of times per week, but you can actually save more money by staying at a place that has a kitchen in the room, buying groceries and cooking there. Not only is it a cheaper approach, but it’s also a nice way to spend quality time with your family members and friends. Plus, it’s a healthier way to eat too. For tips on cooking while on vacation, visit Don’t Waste the Crumbs or The Confident Mom and put “cooking while on vacation” in the search field.

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