#1 Don’t Follow the Herd
Human beings as a whole tend to have a mob or herd mentality. Even though we’re all individuals, we don’t act like it in most cases. If something is popular, then we all think that it must be something good. The trend setters, however, are the ones who don’t just follow the herd. They go where others may not want to go and they revel in doing so. If you want to vacation on a budget, the single best way to do it is to avoid following the herd.
Putting It Into Practice
That means that if everyone is saying that you just have to go to Disney World, you go elsewhere. Let’s face it – Disney is great, but it’s expensive, the lines are long and the vacation you get there is so homogenous. That it’s not going to be a real memory. Instead, talk to your kids. Figure out something they’d like to do which isn’t the standard family vacation.
Maybe it’s hiking in a state park somewhere (and yes, not following the herd means that you go somewhere other than Yellowstone for your hiking vacation – there are thousands of state and federal parks, many of which are less travelled and most of which are equally fascinating). Maybe it means visiting off beat museums. Whatever it is, by not following the herd, you’re likely to save money on vacation.