I’m sure they have beautiful parks in other parts of the world, too, but seeing as I don’t have to cross an ocean to get to those parks, I’m pretty partial to the ones here. They’re beautiful, and they have parks for nearly everything you could want: hiking, biking, camping, even parks for horseback rising, swimming, and ATVs. But, if you pay to enter each park individually, you’ll wind up paying a small fortune in entrance fees.
After all, park entrance fees range from $5/person to $20/person, and that doesn’t include the fees for camping sites with water and electricity. Go 6 times a year and you could pay as much as $240 in park entrance fees, just to enjoy our National Parks.
One great way around all of those fees is an annual National Parks Pass. They can be purchased for $80 – and could pay for themselves in as little as 4 trips. If you love the outdoors and plan on taking several National Parks trips, you should definitely consider purchasing one for your family.
Don’t want to shell out $80? Maybe you don’t have too. Here are 4 different ways to save money on an annual National Parks Pass:
Say what you want, but camping costs far less than staying in a hotel, buying meals/eating out, and then spending tons of money on entertainment while on vacation.
Seriously, you’re out in the middle of nowhere with built in activities like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and more. Plus, you’re miles from the closest restaraunt or Walmart, forcing you to plan your meals in advance and cook them, rather than buying already made food. What’s more, with the average campsite cost being only $20, when you split that campsite with another family, it is so much cheaper than staying at a hotel!
But if you’re not careful, the costs can get out of hand. Buying new equipment is expensive, as is losing food because it wasn’t properly stored. Here are 9 Ingenious ways to save money camping with your family and friends:
I can’t guarantee that this list will eliminate all of the bugs, all of the grime, or all of the sweat, but packing them definitely help get rid of some of the discomfort of camping – provided you don’t leave home without them!
The first part of this list has to do with all of the dirt, grime, and bugs – mainly keeping them off!