Breaking the bank doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with out of town vacationing. Believe it or not, you can keep on inspiring your kids with out-of-this-world experiences while keeping your budget spreadsheet happy. See more for less with these wallet-friendly travel tips from our friends at

Renting a Property

But what if the thought of dragging the whole clan to a restaurant every night for dinner leaves you pale with dread? Or you’d all just like a little more room to spread out? Check out a vacation rental. Sites like VRBO and Airbnb rent rooms, apartments, cottages and even sprawling vacation mansions by the day, week or month. Our family still relishes the memory of the three-bedroom, hardwood-floored duplex we rented one summer in San Francisco’s Sunset District. The entire unit cost less per night than most of the city’s hotel rooms. Now there’s a deal.

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