Traveling sometimes means fees and costs that may be unexpected (think hotel or food taxes for example!).

Saving money where you can also means having the funds that you need for what is important.

If you cut corners with food for example, you can put that money towards tickets to an amusement park

How much should you save up for your vacation?

You should start by making a budget

That budget should include the expected costs for everything that has to  do with your trip

and how much money you are willing to spend on doing  those things.

Before booking anything- set up price alerts with booking agencies or search engines.

Make a whole trip budget and then divide that up by days, events, or activities

Do an inventory of the travel awards you may have

20 Ways to Save Money on a Family Vacation, 

a simple guide for easy ways to save money when planning a family vacation.