Top 6 Family Vacation Ideas For All Budgets -

I recently asked my 9-year-old daughter to describe me in three words.

Here’s what she said:

  • “Trippish,” in meaning that I like to go on trips.
  • Awesome. (She is so sweet sometimes!)
  • Stressful, as in I get stressed a lot. (She’s knows me well.)
  • Planner. She couldn’t stop at three.

Yes, I can do without fancy shoes and manicures (well, most of the time), but I love to spend my hard-earned dollars being “trippish.”

And considering she threw in “planner” with “trippish,” that’s a dangerous combination.

We just finished our third Disney trip, and although I agonized over whether we should spend the money or not on that trip, in the end it was worth it.

As we waited in the airport to fly back to Nebraska, my husband asked my 10-year-old son why he was wearing his sunglasses inside. He slowly removed his glasses, and tears began streaming down his face.

“I don’t want to go home,” he said.

I felt the same way. Although vacations inevitably bring out some of the best sibling and spouse squabbles, it gives us a chance to practice forgiveness. We do love spending time together away from cooking, cleaning, ipads and television. And, we always come home feeling more connected.

With the summer vacation season just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of our favorite vacations (for all types of budgets) in case you are looking for a way to connect with your family this summer. These are all kid-friendly vacations that are jam-packed with learning and adventure. That’s how we roll! I’d love to hear your ideas, too, to add to my agenda for future trips.

Let the planning begin!

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Kristine Jacobson

Kristine Jacobson is a writer, a mother of three children and farm wife living in South-Central Nebraska. She puts her creative skills to use as editor of Nebraska Family Magazine at and helps non-profits and small businesses share their stories in her public relations business, KRJPR.