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Cheap spring break vacation deals for families

February 25th, 2013


By Aimee  Heckel

The college crew gets all the attention when it comes to spring break talk. But kids of all ages — and by default, many of their families — get a week off every spring, too.

You’re not going to drag your munchkins to Cabo. Not unless you plan on having a lot of uncomfortable Talks (yes, with a capital “T”). And you can bet Disney World is going to be slammed. In fact, spring break is one of the busiest times of years for Mickey and Minnie.

Here are some other fun, family-centered spring break vacation ideas: 

1. Plan a staycation. Instead of going somewhere, stay home, save the money and plan special events. Start a Staycation Jar, which you fill with different events, meals, events, games and projects that your family can do at home. Let the book, “The Staycation Jar: 200 Family Fun Ideas for Creative Meals, Main Events, Silliness, Love Projects,” by Erica McNeal inspire you. Find it on for your Kindle for $2.99.

As McNeal writes: “No hotels. No airplanes. No jet lag. Less stress. More spontaneity. No keeping two young children occupied for twelve plus hours of travel, while giving your spouse the death look that says, ‘We are never doing this again!’”

And while you’re on, here is a coupon code to try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days.

2. Visit our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. Learn about our country’s history and about the political system. Plus, many spring breaks fall during the same two weeks (March 20-April 14) as the district’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, with tons of events and Japanese cultural performances — many of which are free.

3. Instead of following the crowds, follow the deals. Be adventurous and instead of picking a destination, pick somewhere new with a great deal. Here are some travel deals going on right now:

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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