Budget Travel – is there any such a thing with three kids?

When I think of backpacking around Europe when I was 22, or camping in the South of France, or even my summer working holiday in Jamaica back in the day, I am amazed at how little I survived on. My personal budget for the Europe trip was $600 for a month, and that had to include food, some transportation, and accommodation – rail travel was covered with the prior purchase of a Eurorail Pass. So, it has always seemed infinitely possible to me to do the same thing with my family. That is, until I started adding up the cost of a plane ticket x5, a rail pass x5, food x5…you see where I’m going with this! It adds up pretty quick. I am constantly searching online for budget travel blogs and family travel ideas, but its hard to curate all that information! The one I read last night made me realize that going to countries where your currency is worth a lot, and their cost of living is very low, is the way to go. The problem is, most of our travel will be in Europe, and there are not too many developing countries around there. It is more likely that we’ll end up spending the majority of our time in countries where the cost of living is actually higher than our own in Canada! So, if anyone has any fantastic tips, I’d love to hear them. I’m starting to feel a little dejected.

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