I would love to take an exotic vacation this summer (preferably to Dubai to visit my deployed spouse), but something like a $2,000 plane ticket can certainly be a deterrent. Whether you are looking for some summer fun, or some travel deals for your family this summer, the list below can give you some great ideas or inspiration for fun, without breaking the bank.
Military Disney Deals
Disney trips are notoriously expensive. However is Mickey and Minnie are in your sights this summer these sites and blogs will help you plan the most frugal and fun Disney vacation.
Sea World Parks & Entertainment
If you're lucky enough to live close to any Sea World Parks & Entertainment you can get a free pass to any of their parks through the Here's To The Heroes program.
Free annual passes to enter national parks to active duty military members and their families.
More than 2,000 art centers, museums, and exhibits offering FREE entrance for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day through Blue star Museums. Find one in your area with this map.
If a summer trip is out of your budget plans for the summer, start utilizing your local resources for an inexpensive "staycation".
Check out your MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) department. They will have some great information on local activities and events and often organize excursions to museums and attractions that you can join in for a discounted price! The MWR Ticket Office should have a list of all the discounted tickets they offer for purchase.
Consider doing some volunteer work instead of traveling. Volunteering is a great way to connect with your local community and become a closer family! Find a local building project through Habitat for Humanity. You'll learn some new skills, possibly get to see a new part of town and help someone in need.
Reserve America is a great site to find good places in your area to camp.
Use Active.com to find local outdoor events like biking, running and hiking trails.
Other helpful Military discount travel sites:
What are your vacations plans this summer?