It's expensive to travel. Add a couple of kids, and it just gets more expensive. The key to making it more affordable is to find and do the free things wherever you go.
As the travel industry struggles to recover from the recession, lots of destinations are wooing families with the temptation of free things to do once they arrive.
For example, Myrtle Beach, S.C., a great family vacation destination that is known for its golf courses, is offering a deal this summer that lets kids golf free with a paying adult.
Over at TravelingMom.com, where I'm the editor, we've got listings of free things to do in the 50 states. Or just Google the visitors' Web site for the place you're planning to visit. Chances are there will be at least a few free things to do once you arrive.
Cindy Richards is the travel writer for Chicago Parent and editor of TravelingMom.com. Got a question about family travel? Email her at email@example.com.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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