Thrifty Traveler

Camping fun

Camping is one of the most relaxing and inexpensive trips you can take. Recently my husband and I joined some amazing friends for a group camping trip up by Naches, Washington. We had a huge group site right by the water. It was beautiful and with all of us it only cost $20 per family to stay for four days and three nights.

If you are looking to get away for a few days and don’t want to spend a bunch of money then I recommend camping for sure. If you are anything like me and you are more of a glamper than a camper well that’s ok too.

A huge shout out to Fire Cloud Entertainment for the taking these awesome photos.

Happy travels

Kaylee

Thrifty Traveler

Safety for Family Travels

Safety when you travel… a must…

Hi there, As you know I am all for coming up with different ideas and tips to save money when traveling. I can also tell you that I will mostly come up with this stuff when I am traveling and I realize that I have forgotten something. Gurr it is so frustrating. I just recently came back from a trip to California with my family as my husband and I decided to surprise the kids with a trip to Six Flags. This is not a short trip for us as we are about 13 hours away from Vallejo, California. However, with 8 people it is much cheaper to drive down there than it would be to fly. As you can imagine there was a lot of prepping and planning that went into this trip.  I will be honest with you as much as I love to travel I was worried about traveling with all these kids. I was afraid we wouldn’t have enough money or food. I was worried they would whine the entire time and that my husband and I would be so stressed out we would not be able to have any fun ourselves. I am happy to report that none of that happened and we had a great time. 

(This is us on the way out of town)
As you can imagine traveling with lots of kids can be stressful especially when it comes to safety. For my husband and I, we have 7 kids between the two of us. However, my oldest son is out on his own now with his own kids and he had decided not to come on this trip. This brought us down to 6. I am not so worried when it comes to my teenager who is now 17 but all the other guys are 11 years old and younger. Going to a large city like San Fransisco with 5 young kids who get easily distracted you can imagine my mom brain going crazy. Before we left my husband and I sat down with all the boys and explained the do’s and don’ts while we were on vacation and a huge part of this was about safety. Here are a few tips I wanted to share with you that we use when vacationing with young children. 
Tips
Never wander off on your own
Do not talk to strangers no matter how nice they may seem
Do not count your money in public
Always know the safe word
If we get separated stay where you are and we will find you
Do not go swimming without an adult present
Never tell anyone you are from out of town

A few items we also chose for safety was a whistle for the kids to wear just in case. This might sound funny but for us, with a large family, it gives a little extra sense of security knowing that your child could whistle if they were in danger. The only tricky part is getting them to understand they can not whistle it for fun.
Vacationing is amazing and being able to take these trips are memories you will never forget. Just remember to stay safe.

Next year I will be working on and finishing up the third book in my thrifty travelers series which is all about traveling as a family. Stay tuned for that.

If you haven’t started your own adventure yet and bought a shirt I still have some left. Check them out on my website or send me a message to get yours today. 

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. 

Lots of Love 
Kaylee