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Budget Travel Tips

We have traveled together for over 15 years to over 20 countries. We are not your “all-inclusive” travel family, but instead travel using public transit, eating in, and creating our own “do-it-yourself” adventures. We have all the budget travel tips your family needs to travel longer, more often and more sustainabl

Budget Family Tips

Family Travel Without a Car

But one of the most important things we do is travel without a car. Almost all of our travel itineraries are car-free. Some of our favorite car-free trips have been:

We even travel from LAX to one of our favorite places, Disneyland, without a car. And in L.A. that is saying something!

Our travel philosophy is to “don’t wait to start making memories.”

To know about us, is to know we travel by these truths. We:

  • use public transportation as much as possible. Nearly all of our itineraries are based around public transit. Yes, it takes more time to travel this way. But using public transit is not only budget-friendly, it also allows to meet all kinds of people.
  • stay places a minimum of 2 days (but ideally 3-5) to learn more about the culture of that specific place but also to use resources, both our own financial resources and also environmental resources–because city hopping is an environmental strain,
  • and to live abroad like we live at home, which means using vacation rentals whenever possible so we can cook the majority of our meals, which minimizes the financial cost of eating and maximizes the amount of time we can be out. This is HUGE for us. And we are serious about it. During a two-week trip, we might eat out twice. And yes, we know food has big cultural implications. However, the opportunity to shop and cook what locals are bringing into their own home is also a cultural experience.